Graduate Programs

ACPHS offers graduate degrees in the following programs. Brief descriptions of each program are included on this page. To learn more about our programs, please visit the individual program pages or view our M.S. Programs brochure.

M.S. in Molecular Biosciences

The mission of the M.S. in Molecular Biosciences program is to train outstanding scientists in the basic mechanisms of human health and disease.

The program is interdisciplinary, bringing together basic, applied, and clinical scientists from a number of departments to provide students with individualized, cutting-edge biomedical research training.

Research areas encompass a broad range of disciplines including molecular genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, pathophysiology, microbiology, immunology, and infectious diseases.

The program offers courses in core subjects, laboratory research techniques, ethical conduct of science, and a graduate seminar course. The primary requirement for the program is the completion of original research and the publication of a thesis describing that research

M.S. in Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology

The M.S. in Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology degree provides students a biomedical and clinical foundation for the preparation and screening of specimens for cell- and molecular-based disease diagnosis.

The program is designed for students with an earned B.S. or B.A. with satisfactory completion of prerequisites in basic sciences that meet NYSED licensure requirements.

Graduates from this program are well-prepared for entry-level careers in diagnostic laboratories, biomedical research, as well as further graduate studies.

The curriculum is designed to prepare students for licensure by the Office of the Professions of the New York State Education Department on completion of the Board of Registry Examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Students certified in Cytotechnology (CT) may qualify for certification in Molecular Biology (MB).

M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences program is designed for individuals who have an earned baccalaureate degree in science or other discipline with required prerequisite coursework.

The first year focuses on the clinical disciplines within the clinical laboratory (e.g. Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Microbiology, Immunohematology etc.), combining theory of disease diagnosis and laboratory diagnostic techniques with hands-on practice in manual as well as automated procedures.

The additional courses outside the profession courses are intended to provide the student with the tools (statistics, proposal writing) to complete the capstone project and to excel in technical or supervisory positions.

The second year of the program provides additional training in the clinical laboratories of hospitals and clinics in the Capital Region. The additional course work builds an expertise in the molecular diagnostic techniques.

M.S. in Health Outcomes Research

The M.S. in Health Outcomes Research is a degree designed to provide the knowledge and unique skills necessary for evaluating economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes of medical interventions, with an emphasis on the evaluation of pharmaceutical products and services.

The program emphasizes quantitative and analytical methods, assessment, and research in health outcomes.

The degree provides fundamental courses in quantitative analysis and econometrics, as well as applied courses in health statistics, health policy, and pharmacoeconomic methods.

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences – Albany and Vermont Campuses

The M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program educates students in the scientific disciplines required for the discovery, development, and evaluation of new drugs and other pharmaceutical products. The program offers concentrations in pharmacology and pharmaceutics with both thesis and non-thesis options.

The College also offers a combined B.S./M.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences that integrates the bachelor's and master's programs, allowing students to complete both degrees in just five years. 

Please direct any questions about Graduate Admissions to:

Ann Bruno
Office of Graduate Studies
106 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 694-7130