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Biomedical Sciences - Cellular and Molecular Biology - M.S. and Ph.D. PDFDownload to print

College of Arts and Sciences

School of Biomedical Sciences

Tel: 330-672-2263


The Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Sciences–Cellular and Molecular Biology consist of two concentrations: Cellular Biology and Structure and Molecular Biology and Genetics. Cellular and Molecular Biology and Molecular Biology and Genetics prepares creative research scientists for careers in teaching, research and biotechnology. Graduates possess an in-depth comprehension of experimental design at the cellular and molecular levels of biological organization as well as competency in current techniques in the discipline. Major research emphases include signal transduction, biochemistry and pathobiology, gene regulation, cell systems biology, cell and tissue ultrastructure, membrane structure and function, molecular aspects of neurobiology and endocrinology, genetics and metabolism of microorganisms, virology and immunology, and enzymology with an emphasis on protein dynamics and folding as well as cytochrome P-450s.

Ph.D.: Due to the program's breadth, faculty are associated with two sub-programs: cellular biology and structure, and molecular biology and genetics.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), 3.0 GPA, GRE, goal statement and three letters of recommendation. The M.S. also requires a bachelor s degree with preparation adequate to perform graduate work in the desired field. This commonly includes two years of chemistry, one year of mathematics, one year of physics and courses in anthropology, biology and psychology as appropriate to the field. Admission with deficiencies may be accorded, but these must be made up during the first two years of graduate study.

Admission to the Ph.D. also requires either completion of the M.S. or direct matriculation to the doctoral program following completion of no less than 20 hours of graduate coursework (including the core) and will be accorded upon the recommendation of the student’s guidance committee and the school director. Normally, a student is admitted to the master’s program prior to doctoral work, but a student holding only a baccalaureate may be admitted directly into the doctoral program in exceptional cases.

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Publish their research in peer-reviewed journals.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to teach undergraduate students. 
  3. Seek employment after graduation in fields that reflect their area of training. 
Thesis/ Dissertation

Ph.D.: As soon after completion of the candidacy examination as possible, the dissertation committee will be established consisting of the guidance committee and an outside discipline member — a graduate faculty member from another department at Kent State University or another program committee of the School of Biomedical Sciences. The student will submit to this committee her/his prospectus for the dissertation. The format of the prospectus will parallel that utilized for NIH grant proposals (without biographical, budget and facilities information). The dissertation committee may elect to examine the candidate on the proposal, may accept it as submitted, or may reject it with specific reasons and recommendations for reformulation.