Online Master’s 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. This immunology degree 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 this immunology graduate 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
- 100% online
- 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
What Can I Do With a Degree in Immunology?
How Do I Become an Immunologist?
If you are interested in becoming an immunologist, you will need to pursue your medical degree and then specialize in immunology. Drexel’s MS in Immunology prepares you for future success in basic discovery, translational, and clinical research careers related to immunology, immunopathology, and infectious and inflammatory disease.
While some graduates continue on to pursue a PhD, others find roles as scientists or research associates in academic, government, and biomedical and pharmaceutical settings. Companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and more often hire candidates with a background in immunology for positions such as:
- Director, Immunology Research
- Research Technician
- Immunology Research Associate
- Immunology Research Scientist
- Associate Scientist, R&D Immunology
How Long Does It Take to Complete an MS in Immunology?
A total of 36 semester credits is required to complete the online Master’s in Immunology. This immunology degree is designed to be completed full-time in two years (four semesters), or part-time in four years.
Admission Requirements for the Online MS in Immunology
To be considered for Drexel’s online MS in Immunology, you should have a four-year biology or chemistry-based bachelor's degree. Within your academic background, you should have coursework in biology, microbiology, immunology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, and/or other related subjects. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is preferred, but lower GPAs will be considered if other strengths are apparent in your application.
MS in Immunology Salary Expectations
Many factors can impact your salary in the immunology research field – your experience, whether you work in an academic, government, or a biomedical or pharmaceutical setting, your exact title, etc. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical scientists make, on average, about $88,790 per year. The job outlook is faster than the average with jobs expected to grow 6% by 2029 in this field.
- MS in Clinical Research Organization and Management
- MS in Drug Discovery and Development
- MS in Infectious Disease
- MS in Molecular Medicine
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.
|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 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|
|Microbiology and Immunology Journal Club|
|Science Communication and Outreach|
|Biotechniques I: Molecular and Genomic Methods|
|Biotechniques II: Immunological Methods|
|Vaccines and Vaccine Development|
|Principles of Biocontainment|
|Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine III|
|Viruses and Viral Infections|
|Bacteria and Bacterial Infections|
|Mycology and Fungal Infections|
|Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases|
|Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis|
|Emerging Infectious Diseases|
|Biomedical Research I|
|Biomedical Research II|
|Advanced Molecular Virology|
|Advanced Molecular Biology|
|Research Internship in Immunology|
|Emerging Biomedical Interventions for Human Disease|
|Current Concepts in Molecular Medicine I|
|Drug Discovery and Development I|
|Drug Discovery and Development II|
- 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
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 2023-2024 is $1777 per credit.
For 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 Alumni, Military 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.
2023-2024 Academic Year
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