Applied Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

The MS in AMBB program is for individuals holding a Bachelor of Science in biology, chemistry, or a related major, who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology or Applied Molecular Biology, and who lack the skills set to pursue a career as a laboratory scientist in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical or molecular diagnostic sectors. Through this degree, students will gain specialized, in-depth professional hands-on skills and leadership competencies preparing them to succeed within the increasingly competitive biomedical sciences sector. In today’s employment market, individuals seeking positions in the laboratory based professions require a tangible skills set, as employers can no longer “pay to train.” The MS in AMBB will allow students to gain defined “bench-focused” technical competency, in addition to training in regulatory and fiscal affairs that impact laboratory management. Following graduation students can apply their knowledge to meet specific career goals whether it be laboratory practice in biotechnology, molecular diagnostic or academic research settings. The MS-AMBB curriculum will prepare students to sit for the national certification examination in molecular diagnostics, MB(ASCP).

Benefits of the program include: 

• Gaining a workforce ready, well-rounded and marketable technical skills geared for future employment
• Exposure to regulatory, fiscal and management aspects of laboratory practice
• Rapid and fixed time frame of degree completion (12 months)
• Internships integrated into the curriculum offer a leg up in the job market upon graduation
• Preparation to sit for the molecular diagnostics board of certification exam


51-credit blended (online, hybrid and face-to-face instruction)

Admission Requirements: 

  • Application is competitive and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is recommended.
  • The GRE is not required.
  • Completion of the TOEFL requirements are described in detail below for international applicants
  • Written statement of goals and objectives (the personal statement) that clearly identifies the applicant’s research and curriculum interests and explains how admission to the program will facilitate his/her professional objectives.
  • Current résumé and two academic or professional letters of recommendation

UD Tuition

The 2022-2023 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $979.

Tuition Credit

Due to a College of Health Sciences Dean’s Scholarship, the student tuition rate is lower than the published UD graduate tuition rate. The final student tuition rate for the Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology program is $754/credit. Please contact the department for more information.


  • MMSC 603 Research Design
  • MMSC 608 Molecular Prep Techniques
  • MMSC 625 Molecular Cell Biology
  • MMSC 635 Practical Bioinformatics, Genomics


  • MMSC 691 Human Molecular Genetics (online)


  • MMSC 626 Protein Purification and Characterization
  • MMSC 627 Flow Cytometry
  • MMSC 815 Contemporary Topics Research I
  • MMSC 651 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques
  • MMSC 605 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management
  • MMSC 692 Application of Molecular Diagnostic Techniques


  • MMSC 641, 642, 643, 644: Biotech Practicums