This Master’s degree program is directed toward students who want advanced preparation for professional school (MD, DO, DVM, PharmD, etc.) or future careers in industry, government, or academia. This degree program is a terrific opportunity for students interested in the biomedical field who are planning to go into the health professions. The purpose of this degree program is to provide an educational option for advanced study in the field of molecular and cellular biology without requiring a research thesis component. While the MS in MCB program is suitable as preparation for a PhD program in MCB or related areas, it is uncommon for students to enter the MCB PhD program at the University of Illinois after finishing this degree.

Program Information

Information about the degree program and its requirements can be found in the Academic Catalog. Course descriptions are located at the bottom of this page.

Program Office

127 Burrill Hall, MC-119
407 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
phone: (217) 244-6239

Financial Information

For information on current graduate tuition and fees, please visit the Office of the Registrar's "Tuition & Fee Rates" page.

Enrollment for this program requires a minimum of two full-time semesters. Credit hours will range from 6–12 (or more) each semester, depending on course availability, international/domestic status, and student goals. International students are required to register for 12 credit hours to maintain F-1/J-1 student status.

Fees can vary based on the individual applicant. For more information, please visit the Office of the Registrar's "Fee Information" page. None of these costs include housing, transportation or other living expenses.

Please consult for additional information.


You can apply to this program by visiting the Graduate College.

Application Deadline

Fall 2022 Deadline: December 1, 2021

To receive full consideration, ALL application materials need to be received by the application deadline.


Please refer to the Approved Course List (PDF) for the MS in MCB Program to determine which courses are available during each academic year.