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Master of Science in Biology with Specialization in Applied Life Sciences

This is an exciting time to be in the life sciences, with opportunities for you to be on the front lines of new drug discovery and technological innovation. The global life sciences industry is expanding to meet the needs of a growing, self-advocating, aging population. The discovery and application of treatments and cures for serious illnesses such as heart disease, Alzheimer's, and diabetes is intensifying at a rapid rate, fueling a predicted job growth rate of over ten percent for the biological sciences (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Illinois Tech’s online, part-time program provides education and preparation for professional careers in applied life sciences with flexibility to choose electives in a wide range of areas including toxicology, genomics, virology, and bioinformatics.

During this program, you will:

  • Obtain graduate-level training in biochemistry and cell and molecular biology
  • Be exposed to Good Manufacturing Practices and Industry Regulations
  • Learn how contract research organizations do business
  • Increase your skills in data analysis  
  • Practice scientific communication
Mary Thomas (MBB '15) currently medical student at Indiana University Medical School; Joseph Orgel, director of the applied life sciences program, associate professor of biology and biomedical engineering, and the associate director of BioCAT at Argonne National Laboratory; and Rama Madhurapantula (Ph.D. BIOL '15) research fellow, Orgel lab at IIT.

Mary Thomas (MBB '15) currently medical student at Indiana University Medical School; Joseph Orgel, director of the applied life sciences program, associate professor of biology and biomedical engineering, and the associate director of BioCAT at Argonne National Laboratory; and Rama Madhurapantula (Ph.D. BIOL '15) research fellow, Orgel lab at IIT.

Admissions Requirements

Preferred candidates have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0, GRE score of 305 (quantitative + verbal), 2.5 (analytical writing), and minimum TOEFL score of 80 (if applicable).

Program Requirements 

The Master of Science in Biology with specialization in Applied Life Sciences requires 32 credit hours to complete, with 20 hours of required courses and at least 12 hours of elective courses.

REQUIRED COURSES
Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 504 Biochemistry 3
BIOL 515 Molecular Biology 3
CHEM 519 Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) 3
BIOL 524 Science and the Law 2
BIOL 544 Molecular Biology of Cells 3
BIOL 581 Biology Capstone Project* 3
MATH 525 Statistical Models and Methods 3
Total   20
*Biology Capstone (581) may be replaced with a suitable IPRO at program director’s discretion. IPROS are composed of university-wide multidisciplinary teams focused on solving real-world technical, social, or business problems.
ELECTIVE COURSES (minimum 12 credit hours)
Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 503 Virology 3
BIOL 512 Advanced Biochemistry 3
BIOL 514 Toxicology 3
CHEM 518 Understanding ICH Quality Guidelines 3
BIOL 526 Developmental Biology 3
BIOL 527 Immunology & Immunochemistry 3
BIOL 542 Advanced Microbiology 3
BIOL 550 Bioinformatics 3
BIOL 555 Macromolecular Structure 3
BIOL 595 Biology Colloquium 1
BIOL 562 Current Topics in Functional Genomics 3
SCI 511 Project Management 3
SCI 522 Public Engagement for Scientists 3
Selected 400-level BIOL courses, including approved IPROs up to 6
Minimum Total    14

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM FOR INDIAN STUDENTS

Applicants from India may take their first year of classes (16 credit hours) in India online and then finish the program in the United States on Illinois Tech’s Main Campus in Chicago. 

Program Contact 

Director, Applied Life Sciences Program
Joseph P.R.O. Orgel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Illinois Institute of Technology
tel: 312.567.3398
email: AppliedLifeScience@iit.edu

Director, Professional Master's Programs and New Initiatives
Elizabeth Friedman, Ph.D.
College of Science
Illinois Institute of Technology
tel: 312.567.7973
email: friedman@iit.edu