College Announces New M.S. Program

ALBANY, N.Y. – March 21, 2014 – Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will offer a new master’s degree program in Molecular Biosciences beginning in fall 2014. The program was developed in response to demand for graduates who can leverage innovative technologies and approaches in researching disease.

In the past decade, new tools and techniques have provided scientists with greater abilities to probe cells and explore biological systems. Students in the two-year M.S. program will use some of these latest scientific advances to better understand human health and disease.

The focus of the program is helping students learn how to conduct independent research. The program culminates with the completion of an original research project (performed under the direction of a faculty advisor) and the publication of a thesis describing that research.

“The underlying mechanisms behind cancer and many infectious diseases are extremely complex,” said Martha Hass, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at ACPHS. “Many people may not be familiar with the role of molecular bioscientists, but it is often these individuals who are at the forefront of trying to better understand diseases in pursuit of improved treatments, and perhaps one day, cures.”

Students with an M.S. in Molecular Biosciences from ACPHS will be well positioned for a number of career paths upon graduation. These include obtaining a position with a pharmaceutical manufacturer; research institute; college or university; or the federal government (e.g., National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration). They will be equally well prepared to continue their education in a Ph.D. program or a professional degree program (e.g., medical school).

About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution committed to graduating the best health care minds in the world. In addition to its doctor of pharmacy program, ACPHS offers six bachelor’s programs and five graduate programs in the health sciences. The College’s main campus is located in Albany, New York; its satellite campus is in Colchester, Vermont.