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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.

  • Professional Speaker Series: Healthcare is provided by a broad array of professionals. Representatives of these professions speak about education and training, their responsibilities, and the opportunities available in their profession. As examples, we discuss the training, responsibilities, income, and employment potential of physician assistants, physical therapists, and the whole array of opportunities in nursing.
  • Cultivating Communication Skills: Clinicians and scientists both need to communicate effectively with other professionals as well as the general public. Communication skills will be cultivated through student presentations in research seminars and Journal Clubs.
  • Mentoring and Advising: Each students communicates regularly with an assigned faculty member, who closely monitors their progress. Our faculty works with each student's unique strengths and weaknesses to assist them in meeting their career goals.

2. MCAT, DAT and GRE preparation classes, conducted by KAPLAN instructors, are incorporated into the curriculum.

  • KAPLAN test preparation classes are held during the spring semester. 
  • The cost for the KAPLAN classes is included in the students' tuition.  

3. Student will complete 50 hours of service learning and shadowing at local hospitals, clinics, coroners' offices, research labs, and other locations around New Orleans per semester.

  • Locations are selected to provide experiences which will enhance career preparation and provide direct contact with patients and healthcare providers.

4. Emphasis is placed on foundational classes in Biology while introducing students to more clinically relevant topics such as human anatomy, histology, embryology, biochemistry, physiology and disease.

  • Students take 30 credit hours over the course of two semesters.

5. There is a full body Gross Anatomy dissection course as well as a head and neck dissecting 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 Masters Degree assures that students will be prepared for success in their clinical program.


Tuition for the for the 2022-2023 school year is $15,525/semester or $31,050 for two semesters. Upon acceptance, a $500 deposit is required, which is applied to tuition. Additional required fees charged each semester for the 2022-2023 academic year include the academic support services fee ($400), student health service fee ($345), Reily recreation center fee ($200), and student activity fee ($120).

Correspondence and Information

The program is co-directed by Dr. YiPing Chen and Dr. James Cronin. Dr. Chen is also Chair of the Cell & Molecular Biology Department. For more information, email Mrs. Marnie Elsky, Senior Program Coordinator.

Take a look at our Facebook discussion page where current and past students can share their experiences and ideas.

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 Email
Marnie Elsky