Cancer Biology (M.S.)

The M.S. program in Cancer Biology offers a strong didactic and laboratory curriculum in cancer biology with a major focus on molecular oncology. Our goal is to provide intensive research training for students who are interested in a career in academia, medicine, industry, or related careers in which first-hand research experience is an asset. Research interests in the Department of Oncology are diverse and dynamic, allowing students to choose from a broad spectrum of topics for their research thesis. Students are encouraged to attend weekly departmental, student seminars, journal club, and annual symposiums. These regular interactions between students and faculty help our students develop oral communication and collaboration skills for future success.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.S. program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School and the graduate programs of the School of Medicine. Qualified applicants must have a B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a major in biology, chemistry, physics, or a closely related discipline. A complete application includes the basic application form, personal statement, official transcripts from previous institutions, three letters of reference, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. International students must be proficient in English as determined by satisfactory performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. GRE and TOEFL scores should be reported to Wayne State University using institution code 1898. Applications must be submitted online by April 1st.

Contact Information

Administrative Office for the M.S. Program in Cancer Biology
Department of Oncology
Wayne State University School of Medicine
421 E Canfield Street
Detroit, MI 48201

Tel: 313-578-4302

The master's degree in Cancer Biology is offered under Plan A only. A minimum of 30 credits, eight of which must be from thesis research, and the completion of an original research project are required to receive a M.S. degree. A minimum g.p.a of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program. Students should select an advisor and committee as early as possible in the second semester of year 1 to begin full time thesis research. Students should strive to publish one peer-reviewed paper as first or second author to demonstrate the quality of their research.

Required Courses12
Molecular Biology and Genetics
General Biochemistry Lecture
Fundamentals of Cancer Biology
Rigor and Reproducibility in Cancer Biology
Elective Courses (select 10 credits from the following)10
Molecular Biology of Cancer Development
Principles of Cancer Therapy
Mechanisms of Neoplasia: Alterations to Cellular Signaling
Special Topics in Cancer Biology ((1 credit each))
Applied Cancer Biostatistics
Cancer Epidemiology
Special Topics in Biotechnology Commercialization
Thesis course8
Master's Thesis Research and Direction
Total Credits30