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  • Online MS in Biomedicine and Cell and Gene Therapy Program

    Drexel University’s online MS in Biomedicine and Cell & Gene Therapy program provides a unique opportunity for you to be taught by faculty in both the Drexel University College of Medicine and the College of Engineering. This allows for a truly interdisciplinary approach to your cell and gene therapy education, which aligns with the nature of this rapidly advancing field. Upon graduation from Drexel's online MS in Biomedicine and Cell & Gene Therapy, you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and perspectives to contribute to the advancements and applications of these transformative medical therapies, including:

    Interdisciplinary Approach
    Cell and gene therapy involves a convergence of various disciplines, including biology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, engineering, and medicine. Graduate education in this field emphasizes the integration of these disciplines learned at the undergraduate level to understand the complex interactions between cells, genes, and therapeutic interventions. You will be exposed to diverse perspectives and develop a comprehensive understanding of both biological and engineering principles, which is why this degree is in conjunction with Drexel’s College of Engineering.

    Cutting-Edge Research
    Cell and gene therapy is a rapidly evolving field with ongoing research and technological advancements. You will learn about developing novel gene delivery systems, study gene editing techniques, explore regenerative medicine approaches, and investigate the mechanisms of action of various therapeutic modalities. The materials covered in class have direct application to real-world scientific breakthroughs.

    Translational Focus
    Cell and gene therapy aims to translate scientific discoveries into clinical applications. This program emphasizes the translational aspect of research, focusing on bridging the gap between basic science and clinical practice, as well as medicine and engineering. You will learn to consider factors such as safety, efficacy, scalability, and commercialization during the development of cell and gene therapies.

    MS in Biomedicine & Cell/Gene Therapy Program Features

    • 100% online
    • Courses taught by industry experts in Drexel University’s College of Medicine and College of Engineering
    • No application fee
    • Opportunity to take your capstone course on the commercialization of a novel biomedical technology and work with a team to develop a commercialization plan
    • Option of completing a virtual industry internship to build your resume and experience
    • Students of all undergraduate backgrounds are welcome, as we will provide foundational coursework
    • Optional minor in Clinical Research and Organization Management, or Drug Discovery and Development

    What Can I Do with a Biomedicine & Cell/Gene Therapy Degree?

    Cell and gene therapy is a rapidly growing sector, globally, nationally, and especially, locally. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for careers in cell and gene therapy, biomanufacturing, or therapeutic companies as:

    • Account Executives
    • Business Directors
    • Manufacturing Directors
    • Plant Managers
    • Program Managers
    • Project Managers

    Program FAQ

    Will I have to come to campus during the program?
    No, you will not be required to come to campus during this program. However, we would love to see you, so please stop by to say hi if you decide to visit Drexel’s campus!

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    Science Requirements (Semester credits)


    MIIM 503S

    Biomedical Ethics

    or IDPT 500S

    Responsible Conduct of Research

    MIIM 518S

    Foundations of Applied Biomedicine

    MIIM 519S

    Commercialization of Biomedical Technology

    MIIM 631S

    Biomedical Innovation Development and Management

    Cell & Gene Therapy Requirements (Semester Credits)


    MIIM 571S

    Cell and Gene Therapy 1

    MIIM 572S

    Cell and Gene Therapy 2

    CHE 571

    Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Manufacturing I

    CHE 572

    Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Manufacturing II

    Can be mix of Quarter and Semester courses, but credits shown are semester


    You must complete at least one Program-Specific Science elective and at least two engineering 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 645S

    Biomedical Career Explorations

    MIIM 605S

    Experiential Learning

    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 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 534S

    Molecular Medicine Journal Club I

    MIIM 533S

    Molecular Medicine Journal Club II

    MIIM 521S

    Biotechniques I: Molecular and Genomic Methods

    MIIM 522S

    Biotechniques II: Immunological Methods

    MIIM 527S

    Immunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases

    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 631S

    Biomedical Innovation Development and Management

    MIIM 653S

    Clinical Correlations in Infectious Disease

    Engineering (Select two) Offered on Quarter Calendar

    EGMT 501

    Leading and Managing Technical Workers

    EGMT 502

    Analysis and Decision Methods for Technical Managers

    EGMT 504

    Design Thinking for Engineering Communications

    EGMT 531

    Engineering Economic Evaluation & Analysis

    EGMT 535

    Financial Management

    EGMT 572

    Statistical Data Analysis

    EGMT 573

    Operations Research

    EGMT 581

    Meeting Engineering Leadership Challenges

    EGMT 615

    New Product Conceptualization, Justification, and Implementation

    EGMT 616

    Value Creation through New Product Development

    EGMT 625

    Project Planning, Scheduling and Control

    EGMT 630

    Global Engineering Project Management

    EGMT 635

    Visual System Mapping

    EGMT 650

    Systems Thinking for Leaders

    BMES 510

    Biomedical Statistics

    BMES 511

    Principles of Systems Analysis Applied to Biomedicine I

    BMES 538

    Biomedical Ethics and Law

    BMES 546

    Biocomputational Languages

    BMES 550

    Advanced Biocomputational Languages

    BMES 585

    Medical Technology Innovation: Devices

    BMES 588

    Medical Device Development

    Total Credits


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    Admissions Criteria

    • Four-year bachelor’s degree
      • Degree in science is preferred but not required 
      • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is strongly preferred

      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 from instructors or professionals
        • If you received your degree within the last five years, it is strongly recommended that at least one letter of recommendation be provided by someone familiar with your academic qualifications and potential (e.g., your undergraduate advisor, a course instructor, or your research mentor)
        • If you are requesting a letter from someone at your place of employment, the recommendation should be provided by a supervisor (or another more senior manager) with direct knowledge of your work and should address your scientific aptitude as well as your work ethic
      • Resume
      • Additional requirements for International Students

      Official test scores from graduate and professional admission exams, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), are optional but highly desirable.



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

      For the academic year 2023-2024, 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.
        • 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

      2023-2024 Academic Year


      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


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