Rowan University

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Cell and Molecular Biology


42 E. Laurel Road

UDP, Suite 2200

Stratford, NJ 08084

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD, MS (thesis)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) program is intended to serve students interested in pursuing a PhD or MS degree who seek to be developed into well-trained, research scientists equipped to address critical deficits in our current knowledge in the biomedical sciences. We will soon be offering a Neuroscience track in the CMB program. These students will be prepared to pursue a variety of careers in the biomedical sciences. Our graduates go on to research careers in academia, industry, government agencies, and scientific writing. 

RowanGSBS is an academic community where research is a priority and where nationally recognized faculty are young and enthusiastic, creating a dynamic interaction between mentor and student. Because we are small, you will work with faculty from a variety of disciplines, unlike other schools where each department might have its own graduate program. The academic program for all students in the Cell and Molecular Biology program features two years of general and specialized coursework followed by a period of intensive research in an area selected by the student and his/her faculty mentor.

Our doctoral students are immersed in a cutting-edge curriculum in cell and molecular biology and begin research toward their dissertation within a year. The student will also perform 3 or 4 lab rotations to identify a mentor and begin thesis research by the summer of his/her first year. This rigorous curriculum is completed within two years and culminates with the qualifying exam. The PhD degree is awarded on the basis of achievement in a wide range of coursework; experience in classroom teaching and laboratory instruction; an advisory meeting to determine the preparedness of a student entering his/her second year of study; a comprehensive qualifying examination evaluating the breadth of background knowledge and the ability for independent thinking; intensive research experience during which the candidate demonstrates ability to initiate, perform, and analyze original experimental work; a written dissertation; and a public defense of the dissertation through a final oral examination.

Our Master’s (thesis) program in Cell and Molecular Biology is a robust option for students considering a doctoral degree towards a career in academia or biomedical research. In fact, students in this program will take classes alongside RowanGSBS doctoral students which allows for a seamless transition into the doctoral program if the student is interested.


Rowan University is a selective, medium-sized, public state comprehensive research university. Rowan is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 70 (PhD), 35 (MS)

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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