Graduate One-Year Masters Program


Why earn a Master’s degree with Tulane’s Cell & Molecular Biology Department?

The Master's 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.

There are many Post-Bac and Master’s programs available, most with the goal of helping a student take the next step in their professional education. Tulane’s Cell & Molecular Biology MS program is more than just another year of classes, and offers many advantages over other programs. These are among the reasons the CMB Master’s program is unique:

1. The program focuses on professional development. The clinician and the scientist both need to communicate effectively with other professionals as well as the general public. The program cultivates communication skills through student presentations in research seminars and Journal Clubs. Professional development is further cultivated by reviewing the broad array of the different health care providers, their professional education, and their responsibilities. For example, we discuss the training, responsibilities, income, and employment potential of physician assistants, physical therapists, and the whole array of opportunities in nursing.  In addition, each student communicates regularly with an assigned faculty member who closely monitor’s their progress. Our faculty works with each student's unique strengths and weaknesses in order to assist them in meeting their career goals.

2. The program incorporates both MCAT and DAT preparation classes, conducted by KAPLAN instructors, into the curriculum.  Kaplan test preparation classes are spread out over the course of the two semesters so it does not interfere with a student’s courses. The costs for the KAPLAN classes are included in the students’ tuition.

3. The program incorporates 50 hours per semester of service learning and shadowing at local hospitals, clinics, Coroner’s Offices, research labs, and other locations around New Orleans. Locations are selected to provide experiences which will enhance career preparation and provide direct contact with patients and health care providers.

4. The program 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. Our students take 30 credit hours during 2 semesters.

5. The program offers a full-body gross anatomy dissection course. Medical and Dental students often find cadaver dissection to be among the most challenging courses in their professional preparation. Taking gross anatomy while earning a Master’s assures that students will be prepared for success in their clinical program.


Tuition for the One-Year Masters program is offered at the discounted rate of $12,500 per semester for the 2017-2018 academic year (regular Tulane tuition is $25,460 per semester for the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 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 2018-2019 academic year begins January 3, 2018. The deadline is June 28, 2018. Applications are reviewed by the admissions committee as they become complete so it is encouraged to apply as early as possible. All applications must be complete by June 28th to be considered. Nothing will be accepted after this date.

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

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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 Elsky

2000 Percival Stern Hall, 6400 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70118, 504-865-5546