Graduate School Options for Molecular and Cellular Biology Majors

As a UMaine Molecular and Cellular Biology major, you have an advantage when applying to attend graduate school at UMaine. Not only will your application process be streamlined, you can start taking graduate classes in your Junior year, thanks to the UMaine Double Up Program!

Double Up Options

Maine MBA – This condensed one-year program provide students with essential business knowledge in accounting, finance, marketing, and management, as well as to advance skills in leadership, critical thinking and analysis, and global engagement. Apply by the second semester of your Junior year. Minimum 3.20 GPA required.

MS Spatial Informatics – This online program can be started in the undergraduate Junior year. Students build on foundations in computer science, mathematics, physics, geography, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, engineering and related fields to study spatio-temporal phenomena and design intelligent spatial information systems. Apply by the first semester of your Junior year. Minimum 3.25 GPA required.

MS Information Systems – This online or live program can be started in the undergraduate Junior year. It focuses on technical, managerial and policy issues associated with constructing and managing computer-based information systems for modern organizations. Apply by the first semester of your Junior year. Minimum 3.25 GPA required.

Professional Science Master’s Options

PSM in BioInformatics – The Bioinformatics degree provides an opportunity for advanced training directly relevant to current knowledge for professional careers.  The degree is delivered online, and is an interdisciplinary collaboration across the fields of mathematics, computer and information science, and molecular and cell biology. Students entering the program are expected to come from a cell and molecular biology background and require more intensive training in math, computer and information science, or from the mathematics, computer or information sciences disciplines and need training in cell and molecular biology.

Traditional Postbaccalaureate Options

MS Microbiology – Some general areas of current research by the faculty include studies into: the molecular biology of gene expression and the regulation of development; plant defense mechanisms at the gene level; membrane function and structure; plant lipids; molecular biology of the development of cell surface antigens; structures and interactions of DNA; evolution of DNA sequences; viral epitope mapping using monoclonal antibodies; molecular mechanisms of virulence of marine pathogens; the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycles; and bioremediation. More detailed descriptions of these and other areas of interest can be found in the faculty pages.

PhD Biomedical Engineering – Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering principles to promote and enhance the health and well-being of humans.  Applications span the gamut of clinical, therapeutic and diagnostic arenas.  Research strengths at UMaine include artificial muscle, biomedical microdevices and microsystems, Lab-on-Chip, Biosensors, nanodevices and instruments, cell mechanics, robotic surgery, single molecule imaging, spectroscopy and microscopy of biological materials, and porous implants for tissue ingrowth. This is a direct-admit PhD program – a Master’s degree is not required for application.

PhD Biomedical Science – The Biomedical Science program is comprised of several tracks, including Molecular and Cellular Biology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience. Students work with faculty located at 7 partnering research institutions working throughout Maine. This is a direct-admit PhD program – a Master’s degree is not required for application.

MS Biological Engineering – The Masters of Science in Biological Engineering prepares students to conduct research involving the application of engineering to biological systems. Examples of research projects are sensors to detect specific biological molecules or pathogens in food or water, understanding cell membranes in terms of signaling and transport of molecules, imaging of cells or proteins, conformation of biological molecules at membrane surfaces as well as environmental risk assessment modeling.

MS Teaching – This content-rich, research-based Master’s program for secondary science and mathematics teachers is offered in conjunction with The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center). This program is designed for recent graduates who have majored in mathematics, science, or engineering and are interested in pursuing a career in teaching.