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  • MS in Immunology

    The online Master of Science in Immunology program provides the enhanced educational credentials you need for basic discovery, translational, and clinical research careers related to infectious and inflammatory disease, as well as other immunologic problems pursued in government, industry and academic environments. The program provides a specialized focus on research and development relevant to new immunodiagnostics, immunotherapeutics, and vaccines to prevent and/or treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, influenza, malaria and many other viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal pathogens. 

    During the program you will learn:

    • Animal model development and use, basic discovery, and biological containment laboratories
    • Immune response mechanisms
    • Immunologic redundancy
    • Immunomodulators and immune response modifiers
    • Immunotherapeutic and vaccine target identification
    • Innate and adaptive immune escape mechanisms
    • Vaccine discovery and development

    Program Features

    • Geared toward careers related to infectious and inflammatory disease
    • Designed to accommodate a variety of different academic and career backgrounds, allowing for flexibility on multiple levels
    • Taught by expert faculty from Drexel University College of Medicine's Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    • A hands-on research internship experience that can be taken at Drexel or an approved location near you

    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.


    Courses encompass the fundamental requirements to establish a solid grounding in microbiology and infectious disease, immunology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology.

    Research experiences will form a large component of the program, which can be completed with or without a thesis.

    Required Courses  
    IDPT 500S Responsible Conduct of Research 2.0
    or MIIM 503S Biomedical Ethics
    IDPT 501S Biostatistics I 2.0
    or MIIM 517S Applied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences
    MIIM 527S Immunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases 3.0
    MIIM 530S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I 3.0
    MIIM 531S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II 2.0
    MIIM 532S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine III 2.0
    MIIM 534S Molecular Medicine Journal Club I 1.0
    MIIM 533S Molecular Medicine Journal Club II 1.0
    MIIM 606S Microbiology and Immunology Seminar 1.0
    MIIM 654S Clinical Correlations in Immunology 3.0
    Electives 16.0
    MIIM 502S
    Microbiology and Immunology Journal Club  
    MIIM 521S
    Biotechniques I: Molecular and Genomic Methods  
    MIIM 522S
    Biotechniques II: Immunological Methods  
    MIIM 524S
    Vaccines and Vaccine Development  
    MIIM 525S
    Principles of Biocontainment  
    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 555S
    Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis  
    MIIM 607S
    Immunology II  
    MIIM 612S
    Molecular Mechanisms OF Viral Pathogenesis  
    MIIM 613S
    Emerging Infectious Diseases  
    MIIM 615S
    Experimental Therapeutics  
    MIIM 621S
    Biomedical Research I  
    MIIM 622S
    Biomedical Research II  
    MIIM 625S
    Advanced Molecular Virology  
    MIIM 630S
    Advanced Molecular Biology  
    MIIM 651S
    Research Internship in Immunology  
    MIIM 660S
    Current Concepts in Molecular Medicine I  
    MLAS 529S
    Molecular Genetics  
    Total Credits 36.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year biology or chemistry-based bachelor's degree with coursework in biology, microbiology, immunology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, and/or other related subjects
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
      • Lower GPA's 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)
      • 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 2021-2022 is $1659 per credit.

      • 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

      2021-2022 Academic Year


      Classes Begin

      Classes End

      Fall 2021

      August 16, 2021

      December 10, 2021

      Spring 2022

      January 3, 2022

      April 29, 2022

      Summer 2022

      May 9, 2022

      July 29, 2022

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