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Quinnipiac University

Program in Molecular and Cell Biology

Hamden, CT


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Quinnipiac University -- A Top Ranked University

Quinnipiac University consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in "U.S. News and World Report's" America's Best Colleges issue, which named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school, and 12th overall among schools with master's programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac is also recognized in "The Princeton Review's" The Best 376 Colleges. "Wired" has rated Quinnipiac as top 10 among the most connected colleges in America.

Quinnipiac University offers 21 master's degree programs, including a Master of Science (M.S.) in Molecular and Cell Biology degree program.

Master of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology

Quinnipiac University's Master of Science (M.S.) in Molecular and Cell Biology prepares students for in-demand research careers. The development of recombinant DNA technology has led to the new field of biotechnology and an increased demand for specialists. The M.S. in Molecular Biology and Cell Biology graduate program prepares students for technical positions in biomedical research in the burgeoning field of molecular and cell biology.

The new biotechnology applies molecular biology and cell biology to the detection and treatment of human disease and is now a major division of pharmaceutical research laboratories and other research laboratories where demand for specialists is high. For technicians currently working in pharmaceutical research labs and other industry labs, the master's program enhances knowledge of state-of-the-art research techniques.

A Comprehensive Curriculum

The 34-credit program combines specialized training in laboratory research with a broad education necessary to function in this exciting and rapidly growing field. Quinnipiac's core curriculum provides comprehensive training in advanced biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell biology, and laboratory methods. In addition to core courses, students select from nearly 40 elective courses that cover a wide spectrum of biotechnology areas such as industrial microbiology, virology, immunology, cancer research, oncology, and molecular pathology.

The master's program is offered with a thesis or non-thesis option. Students choosing to complete master's theses can conduct original laboratory research under the guidance of faculty members either on campus or in an industrial or hospital setting.

An Experienced Faculty

Professors within the program at Quinnipiac are dedicated to helping students succeed as biotechnology specialists. These professors provide an excellent foundation for students who intend to pursue studies in professional health care fields and doctoral programs. Program professors and instructors offer the specialized training and individual attention students need to prepare for positions in pharmaceutical and research laboratories.

Faculty members have a wide range of research interests. Professor Charlotte I. Hammond studies colicin production in E.coli, has purified RNA polymerases in yeast, cloned oncogenes, assayed viral production in teratocarcinoma cells, isolated protein kinase genes in yeast, identified genes critical for biofilm production, and isolated genomic DNA from leeches to confirm phylogenetic assignments.

Professor Dennis J. Richardson is Recording Secretary of the Helminthological Society of America. His primary research focuses on the epizootiology, taxonomy, and systematics of the Acanthocephalan genera Oligacanthorhynchus, Leptorhynchoides, and Centrorhynchus. He also currently studies human helminthology in Cameroon with the Bawa Health Initiative.

Professor Deborah J. Clark is President of The New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC). A world-renowned expert on proteins in bacterial and parasitic worms, Professor Clark also studies learning in lower and upper level biology courses and the role of teaching and research centers on learning outcomes.

An Excellent Job Forecast

The U.S. Department of Labor expects the number of jobs for professionals in cell biology to grow by 31% between 2010 and 2020, a much faster rate of growth than other physical science occupations. The Department of Labor also reports that median salary for cell biologists is above average for M.S. holders in the physical sciences. This margin is projected to grow.

A Beautiful Campus

Quinnipiac University is spread across 3 suburban campuses located in Hamden, CT, just north of New Haven, approximately midway between Boston and New York City. The main campus in York Hill is adjacent to Sleeping Giant State Park, known for its extensive Cliffside vistas and rugged topography. York Hill is a green campus, noted for having the first wind farm integrated into a university. Other nearby campus areas include a new sports arena, student center, and graduate classroom facilities.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 14

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Optional


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline July 30th April 30th Yes
Spring deadline December 15th September 30th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Bachelor's degree in biological, medical, or health sciences

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 575
TOEFL IBT score: 90
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 6.5

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards June 1
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 7.69%
Black or African American 7.69%
White or Caucasian 65%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 3.85%


Male (38%)
Female (61%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 9
Part-time - 1
Male (5)
Female (5)

Location & Contact

Address 275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT  06518-1940
United States
Contact Dr. Lise Thomas
Phone: 203-582-8497

Quinnipiac University