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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).

Earn your master’s degree online or in-person, part-time or full-time, or a combination thereof, from Illinois Tech in Chicago, a premier science and technology institute. Your preparation for a  professional career in applied life sciences at Illinois Tech includes the 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, 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.

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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.
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