General Information

Program/Degree
Applied Biosciences (PSM) - Molecular and Cellular Biology 
Program Description

The Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) subplan of the Professional Science Master’s in Applied Biosciences GIDP is designed for students who wish to possess a graduate-level education that integrates knowledge in the biological sciences, management, business, and law.  Students graduating in this track will be prepared for professional careers in government, academia, or in industry in such fields as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, bioinformatics, medical research, and agriculture.

The discipline of Molecular and Cellular Biology is the study of life processes.  What types of activities are carried out by cells, and how do cells make these activities work? Our department aims for its students to develop a deep understanding of current ideas and problems in molecular and cellular biology and to build foundational skills in logic, reasoning, self-expression, and communication.

MCB researchers utilize model systems that allow them to query the most basic of questions about nature, whether they be at the molecular level, at the level of a cell or organism, or in the development of clinical application of new human disease therapies.  Faculty with specializations in MCB represents a diverse group of faculty members' research interests including cancer biology, neurobiology, heart development and disease, plant development, evolutionary biology, cell signaling, gene expression, RNA biology, genetic networks and systems biology, and genome stability.  Professional Science Master’s students in the MCB track will be able to select courses corresponding to these fields and other course work for the track, to tailor their studies to their personal preferences and career goals.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs -

The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.

 
College
Graduate College/GIDP  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Maria-Lourdes Myers
520-626-9111
Graduate Program Coordinator
Maria-Lourdes Myers
520-626-9111
Director of Graduate Studies
Hanna F Fares
520-626-3759
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Janae E Gregston
520-621-0119
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites

Students who wish to apply to the PSM degree in Applied Biosciences must have the minimum qualifications:

  • A Bachelors (or equivalent) degree with a major in an area of biosciences from an accredited institution.

  • A minimum 3.0 GPA

  • A desire to pursue a professional career in the applied biosciences.

Admissions Process

Students should apply directly to the specific track in the program they wish to pursue. The application should be submitted online (only) via the Graduate College website (http://grad.arizona.edu). Be prepared to submit the following materials:

  • Scans of all transcripts (official versions will be requested if you are selected for admission)

  • GRE scores (recommended but not required; general test only)

  • TOEFL scores (required if you are not a native speaker of English)

  • GPAs for all undergraduate work

  • A one to two page statement of interests, which outlines your background (including any professional experience) and your professional goals.

You should separately arrange with two references (typically former or current professors or work supervisors) who can comment on your skills, training and potential for the PSM in Applied Biosciences.  You will need to include their names and email addresses in your online application.

             

 
Standardized Tests

Recommended tests:
Recommended GRE Subject tests: general test only

Minimum GRE Verbal:  130-170, in 1 point increments
Minimum GRE Quantitative: 130-170, in 1 point increments
Minumum GRE Written: 0-6, in half point increments
Minimum MAT:
Minimum TOEFL: 79 for internet bsed (iBT);  550 paper based (PB) or
Minimum IELTS:  7 (no subject area below a 6)

 
Financial Aid

There is no funding support directly available from this program. 

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: Month day  March 31
  • Spring: Month day   September 30

International Applicants:

  • Fall: Month day  March 31
  • Spring: Month day  September 30
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

The ABS PSM program is designed specifically to prepare students to competitively enter the scientific workforce. During the two-year course of study, students will gain a strong understanding of the applications of the biological sciences to real world problems, including those faced by public institutions and private industry. A minimum of 36 unit hours is needed for this degree; 6-9 of these units are for the research internship and report. Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete the degree. Students may apply for, and be admitted to, any of the 4 tracks (“sub-plans”). Each track has its own specific core requirements and electives

Curriculum

All Tracks have the following general structure. The number of units per category varies depending upon the track.

Core Science Units……………….....….....12 units

Professional/Business Plus Courses..12 units

Science Electives………………….............3-6 units

Internship (includes final report)….....6-9 units

                                      Total:     36 Units

For new students, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) of your track for advice in the selection of your first semester courses.

For more detailed information on all other official academic requirements, policies and procedures of the program are outlined in the ABS-PSM Student Handbook 2016-2017(PDF) 

Administrative policies are outlined in the program bylaws here.

You may also find a list of recommended courses for Molecular and Cellular Biology track from the ABS-PSM Student Handbook 2016-2017, pages 26 - 27.

 
Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
Student Handbook
http://appliedbiosci.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/uagc_page/2.updated_abs-studenthandbook_with_course_corrections_06-21-16.pdf  
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Last revised 01 Aug 2016