This Cellular & Molecular Medicine masters program is designed to educate students at the graduate level in biomedical sciences, with an emphasis on training in basic and translational clinical research, and to provide students with an advanced understanding of human anatomy and functional histology and cell biology. This program is open to applicants who hold a Bachelors Degree.
Upon completing this Masters program, a graduate will have a fundamental overview of the normal structure and function of the major organs of the human body, the major types of diseases that afflict those organs – either individually or multiply – and the types of disease processes involved, and knowledge of opportunities, strategies, and approaches to prevent or treat such diseases.
The Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine is one of the five basic science departments of the University of Arizona College of Medicine located on the Northeast side of the University of Arizona Campus in Tucson, AZ. The mission of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) is to provide pre- and post-doctoral, medical and graduate education in an interdisplinary environment through research activities to advance knowledge of biological structure as related to function and disease from the molecular level to the whole organism.
CMM faculty run active research programs in modern molecular and cellular biology which include areas of developmental biology, neuroscience, parasitology, immunology, cancer biology, and cellular structure and function. Our graduate program attracts outstanding students from all parts of the US and the world. Graduate students from the interdisciplinary programs of cancer biology, genetics, molecular & cellular biology and biochemistry, neuroscience, and physiological sciences also receive training in CMM faculty laboratories.
CMM Mailing address:
PO Box 245044, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Life Sciences North, Room 450, Tucson, AZ 85724-5044
The application deadline for Fall and Summer is February 15th. At this time, our program does not have a Spring admission; the Master's Advisory committee endeavors to make all admissions decisions by April 1st.
A bachelor's degree is a prerequisite for entering the Masters program. A student may apply to the MS program prior to receiving his/her bachelor's degree, but must have received the degree prior to starting the MS program.
Listed below are items that are required to complete this application for admission:
Test scores for the GRE, the MCAT, or the DAT are optional and are not required for admissions, but applicants can choose to upload test results if they like.
For Information about English Proficiency Requirements, please visit: https://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/requirements/international-applicants#english-proficiency
The CMM Masters Program does not provide financial aid, however students may contact the Office of Financial Aid for more assistance (https://financialaid.arizona.edu/graduate-students). The student is responsible for all expenses related to completion of the degree requirements.
The Graduate College has Graduate Access Fellowships (https://grad.arizona.edu/gaf/) to which interested students can apply.
School Code: 4832; Dept. Code 0203
Minumum credits: 30
One of these two options:
This option is strongly recommended for students interested in pursuing a medical degree or those who wish to gain knowledge in human anatomy.
OR choose at least 4 UNITS from among these:
• CMM 518 Fundamental Genetic Mechanisms: from Molecules to Genomes (3 UNITS; Fall)
• CMM 520 Clinical Cancer Genetics (2 UNITS; Spring)
• CMM 533 Molecular Medicine (1 UNIT; Fall and Spring)
• CMM 535 Genetic Medicine (1 UNIT; Fall and Spring)
• CMM 534 Genomic Medicine (1 UNIT; Fall and Spring)
This option is recommended for students who desire a training emphasis in the cell and molecular underpinnings of health and disease.
*Note: students could complete both options - one as a requirement and the other as an elective.
The following three, online 1-unit courses (starting Spring 2020, these courses will fulfill the Microscopy Requirement for CMM-MS students in place of CMM 565A):
One of the following (choose):
OR This suite of histology courses:
One of the following (choose):
One of the following (choose):
In addition to the Core Courses above, master's students will be required to complete at least 6 additional elective units with a grade of C or higher. The following courses are recommended, but other courses in the biomedical sciences and medicine may be appropriate and will also be considered:
The courses listed above are suggestions. The choice of elective courses will be agreed upon by the student and the student's advisor. Other courses in the biomedical sciences and medicine may be appropriate and will be considered. The student will be required to receive approval from his or her advisory committee for his/her final selection of courses.
Other requirements: Every student will be required to complete the courses above with a grade of C or better. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to remain in good standing with the Graduate College.
Every student is required to complete a substantial research project and to submit a written thesis that documents that research. Both laboratory and non-laboratory projects will be considered. The student's research project will be agreed upon by the student and the student's advisory committee (to be made up of at least three faculty members, at least one of whom must be a member of the Masters Advisory Committee). As a guideline, laboratory based thesis should be in the format of a publishable manuscript for an appropriate journal and non-laboratory based thesis should be in the format of a New England Journal of Medicine review article and be 10,000-20,000 words (not including references).
The CMM Masters Program will consider allowing previous coursework to count toward the degree requirements, up to the extent permitted by the Graduate College. The final decision about transfer credits will be made by the student's advisory committee.