Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

College of Health Professions

Biomedical Sciences



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) is an integrative and flexible academic approach to the beginning of scholarly activity leading to the Ph.D.  Students who enter the IGPBS undertake a curriculum in biomedical sciences, facilitated by faculty of diverse research interests.  The Program is designed to provide foundational knowledge as well as advanced insight into current biomedical research.  As part of the overall curriculum, emphasis is placed on all aspects of career development and training, from acquisition of knowledge and critical review of current research publications, to development of skills in scientific writing and presentation.

During the first year of study, students within IGPBS participate in laboratory rotations.  These rotations provide the students with opportunities to delve into research topics that encompass a wide spectrum of areas of current biomedical investigation.  Students may elect to rotate through as many as four different research laboratories, with each rotation extending nearly one academic quarter.  During this time, the IGPBS student can determine which research project and laboratory setting is a best fit, personally and professionally.

Upon commitment by both the student and mentor to research and training that will lead the student to successful completion of the requirements for the Ph.D., the student then moves into the degree granting department within the University.

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department offers a Ph.D. graduate program to educate future generations of critical thinkers and leaders in their fields.  Training is customized under the mentorship of our successful faculty who provide outstanding mentoring to enable students and postdoctoral fellows learn how to identify and tackle critical biomedical research problems in a challenging, rigorous and rewarding academic milieu. 

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are disciplines at the nexus of modern biomedical research.  The Department has a long and distinguished history, with deep roots in cancer, metabolism biophysics, neuroscience, proteomics and structural biology. Biochemical-oriented basic and clinical research is key to gaining new knowledge for the prevention and combating of disease and expanding the boundaries in medicine and science.  The multidisciplinary nature of biochemistry and molecular biology, coupled with collegial staff, makes this Department an exciting place to explore.


Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science receives its degree granting authority from the Illinois Board of Higher Education and is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Specialized Institution—Medical school or medical center

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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