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  • MS in Biomedicine and Digital Media

    The MS in Biomedicine and Digital Media is a unique program that emphasizes the intersection of science, technology, entrepreneurship, digital art design and animation. This skills-based program is for those interested in media design and production careers with a focus in health, science and biomedical technology development. By gaining market and industry research skills, students will learn to lead new ventures in digital imaging. Graduates of this program will be prepared to segue into more advanced graduate studies or into scientifically-oriented media and communication jobs in the public or private sector, including media and publishing, academics, and scientific industries, among others.

    During the program, you will develop:

    • A broad core knowledge in interactive digital media development for application in biomedical science and innovative technologies
    • More in-depth analytical, research, and critical thinking skills applicable to the process of biomedical technology development
    • Skills to identify professional ethical dilemmas and evaluate appropriate solutions
    • Graduate-level communication and leadership skills
    • Additional professional soft skills (e.g., teamwork, problem-solving, knowledge of career opportunities, networking)

    Program Features

    • Non-Thesis, Fully Online
    • Interdisciplinary
      Taught by expert faculty from Drexel University College of Medicine's Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease and Drexel's Westphal College of Media Arts and Design.
    • Experiential Learning
      Tailor the hands-on experience of the curriculum through on-campus or off-campus internships at locations near you.
    • Flexible Plans of Study
      Can be taken full or part-time. If you have a record of work-related experience, you may instead enroll in additional elective courses. Full-time students may complete the program in as little as 1.5 years while part-time students may complete the program in less than 3 years.

    For Questions, Please Contact:

    Sujata Bhatia, MD, PHD
    Program Director

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    *The digital media courses below are shown in quarter credits. Three (3.0) credit quarter courses confer the equivalent of 2.0 semester credits. The program requires the completion of 36.0 semester credits for graduation. Semesters and quarters overlap sufficiently to allow full-time students to meet the degree requirements for this program in two years.

    Science Requirements (Semester credits)
    MIIM 503S Biomedical Ethics 2.0
    or IDPT 500S Responsible Conduct of Research
    MIIM 518S Foundations of Applied Biomedicine 3.0
    MIIM 519S Commercialization of Biomedical Technology 3.0
    MIIM 631S Biomedical Innovation Development and Management 5.0
    Digital Media Requirements (Credits shown have been converted to semester)
    DIGM 520
    Interactivity I
    DIGM 530
    Game Design I
    Electives - Can be mix of Quarter and Semester courses, but credits are shown as semester 19.0
    Complete at least one Program-Specific Science elective and at least two digital media electives, as well as additional electives. The overall number of electives depends on other courses selected.
    Science, Program-Specific (Select One)
    MIIM 517S
    Applied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences
    or IDPT 501S
    Biostatistics I
    MIIM 550S
    Biomedicine Seminar
    MIIM 605S
    Experiential Learning
    MIIM 645S
    Biomedical Career Explorations
    MIIM T680S
    Special Topics in Microbiology & Immunology
    Science, Clinical Research
    CR 501S
    Emerging Trends in Medical Device Regulation
    CR 511S
    The History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research
    CR 514S
    World Wide Regulatory Submissions
    CR 515S
    Intro to Clinical Trials
    CR 525S
    Scientific Writing and Medical Literature
    CR 535S
    Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research
    CR 545S
    Pharmaceutical Law
    CR 555S
    Compliance & Monitoring Issues
    CR 600S
    Designing the Clinical Trial
    Science, Basic Science & Research
    MIIM 521S
    Biotechniques I: Molecular and Genomic Methods
    MIIM 522S
    Biotechniques II: Immunological Methods
    MIIM 527S
    Immunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases
    MIIM 530S
    Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I
    or MIIM 515S
    Concepts in Biomedicine I
    MIIM 531S
    Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II
    or MIIM 516S
    Concepts in Biomedicine II
    MIIM 533S
    Molecular Medicine Journal Club II
    MIIM 534S
    Molecular Medicine Journal Club I
    MIIM 540S
    Viruses and Viral Infections
    MIIM 541S
    Bacteria and Bacterial Infections
    MIIM 542S
    Mycology and Fungal Infections
    MIIM 543S
    Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases
    MIIM 545S
    Introduction to Infectious Diseases
    MIIM 606S
    Microbiology and Immunology Seminar
    MIIM 613S
    Emerging Infectious Diseases
    MIIM 653S
    Clinical Correlations in Infectious Disease
    Digital Media (Select two) (Offered on the Quarter Calendar)
    ANIM 588
    Spatial Data Capture
    DIGM 501
    New Media: History, Theory and Methods
    DIGM 508
    Digital Cultural Heritage
    DIGM 520
    Interactivity I
    DIGM 521
    Interactivity II
    DIGM 526
    Animation II
    DIGM 531
    Game Design II
    DIGM T580
    Special Topics in Digital Media
    GMAP 545
    Game Development Foundations
    GMAP 547
    Serious Games
    GMAP 548
    Experimental Games
    GMAP 560
    Game Design from the Player’s Perspective
    Entrepreneurship (Offered on the Quarter Calendar)
    ENTP 611
    Learning from Failure
    ENTP 621
    Innovation & Ideation
    ENTP 641
    Innovation in Established Companies
    Total Credits 36.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year degree in a related field
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
      • Lower GPAs will be considered if other strengths are apparent in your application

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Three letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
      • If you have attended school within the last 3 years, one of your letters must be from a former professor
    • Personal statement (approximately 500 words) that addresses your:
      • Reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel,
      • Short and long-term career plans, and
      • Vision of how your background, experience, interests, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfully
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Additional Recommended Documents

    • Standardized test scores are not required, but highly recommended in order to make your application more competitive
      • Score reports accepted: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT
      • Drexel's school code is 2194


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $1830 per credit.

    For the academic year 2024-2025, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    This program includes both Semester and Quarter classes.

    2023-2024 Academic Year

    Semester Courses


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Fall 2023

    August 21, 2023

    December 15, 2023

    Spring 2024

    January 8, 2024

    May 3, 2024

    Summer 2024

    May 13, 2024

    August 2, 2024


    Quarter Courses

    2023-2024 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2023

    September 26, 2023

    December 9, 2023

    December 11, 2023

    December 16, 2023

    Winter 2024

    January 8, 2024

    March 16, 2024

    March 18, 2024

    March 23, 2024

    Spring 2024

    April 1, 2024

    June 8, 2024

    June 10, 2024

    June 15, 2024

    Summer 2024

    June 24, 2024

    August 31, 2024

    September 3, 2024

    September 7, 2024



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