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The MS in AMBB program is for individuals holding a Bachelor of Science in biology, chemistry, or a related major, who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology or Applied Molecular Biology, and who lack the skills set to pursue a career as a laboratory scientist in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical or molecular diagnostic sectors. Through this degree, students will gain specialized, in-depth professional hands-on skills and leadership competencies preparing them to succeed within the increasingly competitive biomedical sciences sector. In today’s employment market, individuals seeking positions in the laboratory based professions require a tangible skills set, as employers can no longer “pay to train.” The MS in AMBB will allow students to gain defined “bench-focused” technical competency, in addition to training in regulatory and fiscal affairs that impact laboratory management. Following graduation students can apply their knowledge to meet specific career goals whether it be laboratory practice in biotechnology, molecular diagnostic or academic research settings. The MS-AMBB curriculum will prepare students to sit for the national certification examination in molecular diagnostics, MB(ASCP).

Benefits of the program include: 

• Gaining a workforce ready, well-rounded and marketable technical skills geared for future employment
• Exposure to regulatory, fiscal and management aspects of laboratory practice
• Rapid and fixed time frame of degree completion (12 months)
• Internships integrated into the curriculum offer a leg up in the job market upon graduation
• Preparation to sit for the molecular diagnostics board of certification exam


Please visit the Office of Graduate & Professional Education‘s website for tuition rates.


51-credit blended (online, hybrid and face-to-face instruction)

Admission Requirements: 

  • Application is competitive and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is recommended.
  • The GRE is not required.
  • Completion of the TOEFL requirements are described in detail below for international applicants
  • Written statement of goals and objectives (the personal statement) that clearly identifies the applicant’s research and curriculum interests and explains how admission to the program will facilitate his/her professional objectives.
  • Current résumé and two academic or professional letters of recommendation


MS in Medical Sciences in Applied Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

Sample Schedule of Course Completion


MMSC 603 Research Design

MMSC 608 Molecular Prep Techniques

MMSC 625 Molecular Cell Biology

MMSC 635 Practical Bioinformatics, Genomics


MMSC 691 Human Molecular Genetics (online)


MMSC 626 Protein Purification and Characterization

MMSC 627 Flow Cytometry

MMSC 815 Contemporary Topics Research I

MMSC 651 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques

MMSC 605 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management

MMSC 692 Application of Molecular Diagnostic Techniques


MMSC 641, 642, 643, 644: Biotech Practicums

Master of Science in Applied Molecular Biology & Biotechnology


Why a Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences?

In today’s competitive employment market, individuals seeking management and leadership positions in the laboratory-based health professions require a graduate level degree.

The Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MMS) is designed for practicing professionals who want to advance their knowledge and skills in the clinical laboratory sciences and develop new proficiencies needed to meet the challenges of a changing profession and fast-paced development in technology.

Uniqueness of Our Program

The MMS will allow students to specifically tailor their program of study to meet their specific career goals whether it be laboratory administration, advanced laboratory practice skills, research or laboratory science education.

The curricular flexibility of this program will allow laboratory professionals to gain knowledge and technical competency in emerging areas of practice in the laboratory such as molecular diagnostics.

Career Paths:

Graduates will be uniquely positioned to make lasting contributions to health sciences and healthcare through laboratory leadership and research exploration.  Programs of study can be configured to prepare individuals to address critical management, quality assurance, operational, financial and research study issues in clinical or basic science laboratories.

Graduate School for:

The MMS will allow students to engage in collaborative educational and research opportunities with faculty, students and laboratory practitioners.  As a result, graduates will be well-positioned to pursue further education in medical, veterinary or basic science doctoral programs.

Our Curriculum

The MS in Applied Molecular Biology & Biotechnology is built on 51 graduate credits that include both core courses, fieldwork experiences and individualized concentration electives. The curriculum is designed to be completed in one year.  

Course topics you will explore:

  • Methods in Bioscience Education
  • Research Design
  • Research or Capstone Project
  • Laboratory Administration Fieldwork
  • Laboratory Education/Instruction Fieldwork
  • Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Lab Management

Contact us:
College of Health Sciences
Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
305 Willard Hall Education Building
Newark, DE  19716
Phone: 302-831-2849





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