Applied Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

What is the Master's Degree in Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MS in AMBB)?

The MS in AMBB is an entry-level degree designed to prepare you for a career as a laboratory scientist in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, or molecular diagnostic fields.

What Will I Learn in the MS in AMBB?

With your bench-focused technical skills as well as training in the regulatory, fiscal, and management aspects of laboratory practice, you will have the skills they need to succeed in the increasingly competitive biomedical sciences sector.

You will also complete a capstone research project. Read abstracts of recent projects here.

What can I do with an MS in AMBB from UD?

Following graduation, you will be workforce ready, well-rounded, and have marketable technical skills. You will be prepared to sit for the molecular diagnostics board of certification exam offered through the American Society of Clinical Pathology, MB(ASCP). Recent graduates have found work in biopharmaceutical, hospital, biotherapeutics, and related industries. Others have gone on to advanced degrees at leading research and professional programs.

This program is designed for individuals who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology or applied molecular biology. 

Admission Requirements: 

  • BS in a biomedical science-based discipline, including, but not limited to, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, or exercise science
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Written statement of goals and objectives that identifies the your research and curriculum interests and explains how admission to the program will facilitate your professional objectives
  • Current résumé and two letters of recommendation
  • If English is not your first language, the University requires a paper-based TOEFL score of at least 550, or at least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL, within the last two years
  • GRE is not required

The MS in AMBB program is a “locked step,” 51-credit blended (both online and face-to-face instruction) master’s degree. The curriculum can be completed in 12 months using a fall, winter, spring, summer semester combination. Program educational goals and courses can be viewed in the Course Catalog.


Fall (15 credits)

  • MMSC 603 Research Design (3 cr)
  • MMSC 608 Molecular Prep Techniques (2 cr)
  • MMSC 625 Basic Molecular Techniques (4 cr)
  • MMSC 690 Clinical and Molecular Cell Biology (online)(3 cr)
  • MMSC 635 Practical Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Proteomics (3 cr)


Winter (3 credits)

  • MMSC 691 Human Molecular Genetics (online) (3 cr)


Spring (18 credits)

  • MMSC 626 Protein Purification and Characterization (3 cr)
  • MMSC 627 Flow Cytometry (2 cr)
  • MMSC 815 Contemporary Topics Research I (3 cr)
  • MMSC 651 Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques (4 cr)
  • MMSC 605 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management (3 cr)
  • MMSC 692 Application of Molecular Diagnostic Techniques (3 cr)

Summer (15 credits)

  • MMSC815 Contemporary Topics Research II (3 cr)
  • MMSC641 Biotech Practicum I (3 cr)
  • MMSC642 Biotech Practicum II (3 cr)
  • MMSC643 Biotech Practicum III (3 cr)
  • MMSC644 Biotech Practicum IV (3 cr)

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1,028. 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 $815/credit.

Tuition remission, assistantships, and/or stipends are not available in this program. Students can apply for financial aid as applicable.

The application deadline is July 15.

Virtual Open House Sessions:

There are no scheduled open houses at this time. View a recording of the last one here.