Graduate One-Year Masters Program

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About Our Program

The Masters in Cell and Molecular Biology program is designed to enhance the competitiveness of students applying to postgraduate professional schools, especially Medical and Dental School, but also Veterinary School, Optometry School, Business School, Law School, and Ph.D. programs.

This Master of Science degree is a 1-year non-thesis degree requiring students take 30 credit hours during 2 semesters. Our coursework emphasizes foundational classes in cell and molecular biology while introducing students to more clinically relevant topics such as human anatomy, histology, embryology, biochemistry, physiology, and disease.  Coursework is supplemented with service learning and shadowing at local hospitals, clinics, Coroner’s Offices, research labs, and other locations around New Orleans, selected to enhance student preparation for their career paths.  Development of students’ presentation skills through research seminars and Journal Clubs, as well as personal and professional development through career seminars are important aspects of this program.  Our faculty works with each student's unique strengths and weaknesses in order to assist them in meeting their career goals. In addition, this program incorporates both MCAT and DAT preparation classes, conducted by KAPLAN instructors.


Tuition for the One-Year Masters program is offered at the discounted rate of $11,750 per semester for the 2015-2016 academic year (regular Tulane tuition is $23,163 per semester for the 2015-2016 academic year). Upon acceptance, a $500 deposit is required, which is applied to tuition. Additional required fees charged each semester are not discounted, and for the 2014-2015 academic year include the academic support services fee ($400), student health service fee ($320), Reily recreation center fee ($150) and student activity fee ($120).

Application Deadlines

Application submission for the 2015-2016 academic year begins January 5th. Completed applications are due by May 22nd. applications are reviewed as they become complete. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Dr. YiPing Chen, Chair of the Cell & Molecular Biology Department, is Director of this program.  For more information, contact Ms. Marnie Mercado, Senior Program Coordinator.

Take a look at our Facebook discussion page where current and past students can share their experiences and ideas.

Correspondence and Information

By Mail

Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
One-Year Masters Program
6400 Freret Street, Room 2000
Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118

By Phone

(504) 865-5618

By Fax

(504) 865-6785

By Email

Marnie Mercado

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