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MMED-MS Overview

The Molecular Medicine Master's Program (MMED-MS) at the University of Maryland emphasizes medically-relevant scientific research and education, utilizing state-of-the-art resources. The program is designed as a 2 year curriculum for full-time students, but may be completed over 5 years for part-time, working students. Students will become fluent in the study and implementation of biomedical research and will be well-prepared as skilled researchers for careers in academic research centers, government, and industry, including biotechnology firms and pharmaceutical companies.

Molecular Medicine combines traditional areas of biomedical study, including cancer biology, human genetics, molecular and cell biology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology into a unique interdisciplinary graduate training program. Specifically designed to develop scientists for the post-genomic era, MMED-MS students will gain knowledge, research skills, and familiarity with the state-of-the-art biomedical tools and methodologies to solve important and timely questions in biomedical science.

Students may opt for a thesis or non-thesis degree in one of the below areas:

  • Molecular Medicine Research - designed to provide graduate training leading to positions as laboratory managers and skilled technicians, and prepare students for further training in doctoral programs. Graduates of this program typically accept positions in industry or continue their studies in PhD programs, Medical School, Dental School, or other professional programs.
  • Translational Research - designed to train students in the NIH-CTSA Core Competencies for Translational Research. Graduates will be prepared to fill the& increasing demand for skilled translational researchers in academic research centers, government, and industry, including biotechnology firms and pharmaceutical companies. Areas of concentration include:& Stem Cell Research, Translational Cancer Research, and Pharmacogenomics. This track is a great option for traditional graduate students as well as current industry employees and professional degree holders (MD, RN, PharmD, DDS) looking to advance their careers in the field of translational research.

Please be sure to check-out our FAQ and the MMED-MS Handbook.