The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Cancer Biology prepares the student for a career at the advanced technical level in academia, industry, or government. Graduating students may also find teaching positions at the secondary or junior college level.
The application process is an online process. Application to this graduate program is facilitated through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS). Detailed instructions on how to apply and the application deadlines are posted on the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences website http://www.kumc.edu/igpbs/how-to-apply.html.
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution documented by submission of official transcript indicating the degree has been conferred before entering the program. Official transcripts from institutions attended post-baccalaureate are also required.
Students with degrees from outside the U.S. may be subject to transcript evaluation indicating the degree is equivalent to a U.S. degree and meets the minimum cumulative GPA requirements.
- A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the bachelor’s degree.
- Applicants who are not native speakers of English, whether domestic or international, must demonstrate they meet the Minimum English Proficiency Requirement.
- A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.
- An official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score sent from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to University of Kansas Medical Center - ETS institutional code 6895.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Prerequisite coursework:
- One year of general chemistry
- One year of organic chemistry or one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of biochemistry
- One year of biological sciences
- One semester of calculus
- One semester of physics
- Research experience (beyond labs associated with lecture courses) is strongly suggested.
Applicants will be assessed based on a combination of GPA, research experience, and GRE scores. Students not meeting the above requirements may be eligible for provisional admission. After an applicant has been admitted, a program may defer an applicant's admission for one year after which time the applicant must submit a new application.
Admission requirements are subject to change. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program. Other years’ catalogs».
The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Cancer Biology prepares the student for a career at the advanced technical level in academia, industry, or government.
- Degree requirements are normally completed within 3 years of admission to the program although a maximum of 7 years is allowed.
- Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours.
- Cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 for all KU graduate coursework.
- Enrollment in a minimum of one (1) credit hour of CBIO 899 Master's Thesis in Cancer Biology the semester the student will defend the thesis and graduate.
- Successful completion of the thesis defense the semester the student will graduate. The thesis should be comparable in scope to justify co-authorship on a rigorously peer-reviewed manuscript. In general, CBIO students graduating with an MS degree should have justified co-authorship on at least one peer-reviewed publication (as determined by their thesis advisory committee).
- Successful Thesis Submission and Publication (according to Office of Graduate Studies policy.
- Successful completion of the following Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Science (IGPBS) courses (or their equivalent):
GSMC 850 Proteins and Metabolism 2 GSMC 851 Molecular Genetics 2 GSMC 852 Introduction to Biomedical Research I 2 GSMC 853 Cellular Structure 2 GSMC 854 Cell Communication 2 GSMC 855 Introduction to Biomedical Research II 2 GSMC 856 Introduction to Research Ethics 1 GSMC 857 Biographics 1 GSMC 858 Introduction to Faculty Research 1 GSMC 859 Research Rotations 1-4
- Successful completion of the following Cancer Biology courses:
CBIO 800 Mechanisms of Tumor Development and Progression: Colloquium Format 3 CBIO 850 Cancer Center Seminar 1 CBIO 860 Communicating Cancer Science 1 CBIO 890 Master's Research in Cancer Biology 1-10 CBIO 899 Master's Thesis in Cancer Biology 1-10 CBIO 900 Carcinogenesis and Cancer Biology 3
- Successful completion of PATH 913 Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing.
- Successful completion of advanced elective coursework as determined in consultation with the student's advisor. Electives may be chosen from this list but are not limited to:
Cancer Biology courses (3) CBIO 820 Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Signal Transduction in Cancer: Colloquium 2 CBIO 830 CBIO 870 Analysis of Scientific Papers 1 Other Department courses (39) ANAT 845 Graduate Histology 3 ANAT 868 Advanced Developmental Biology 2 BCHM 808 Methods for Analyzing Biomolecules 3 BCHM 922 Advanced Molecular Genetics 3 BCHM 923 Protein Structure and Function 3 BIOS 714 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I 3 BIOS 717 Fundamentals of Biostatistics II 3 DN 884 Diet, Physical Activity & Cancer 3 MICR 805 Teaching in Higher Education 3 MICR 808 Immunology 3 PATH 803 Stem Cell Biology 2 PATH 804 Selected Topics in Signal Transduction 1 PATH 806 Epigenetics 2 PHCL 761 General Principles of Pharmacology 1 PHCL 765 Chemotherapy 1 PHSL 843 Physiology of Disease 3 Course in fundamentals of biostatistics and/or informatics.
- Continued attendance at the KUCC seminar (minimum 75% required determined by sign-in) in both the Fall and Spring semesters after completing 5 semesters of CBIO 850 Cancer Center Seminar.
- Annual presentation and continued attendance at Communicating Cancer Science in both the Fall and Spring semesters after completing 5 semesters of CBIO 860 Communicating Cancer Science.
- Annual participation and/or attendance at the KU Medical Center Student Research Forum.
- Annual participation and/or attendance at the KU Cancer Center Research Retreats.
Degree requirements and course descriptions are subject to change. Any courses taken as an equivalent must be approved by the Graduate Director and the Office of Graduate Studies. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program. Other years’ catalogs».
Typical Plan of Study
|GSMC 850||2||GSMC 853||2||GSMC 859 (select mentor)||1-4|
|GSMC 851||2||GSMC 854||2||May take an elective course from the student's chosen degree program in consultation with the student's advisor.|
|GSMC 852||2||GSMC 855||2|
|GSMC 856||1||GSMC 859||1-4|
|CBIO 850||1||CBIO 800||3||CBIO 890||1-10|
|CBIO 860 (one presentation annually Fall or Spring)||1||CBIO 850||1||Elective||1-3|
|CBIO 890||1-10||CBIO 860 (one presentation annually Fall or Spring)||1|
|Annual participation and/or attendance in the KU Cancer Center Research Retreats.||CBIO 890||1-10|
|Annual participation and/or attendance in KUMC Student Research Forum.|
|CBIO 850||1||CBIO 850||1|
|CBIO 860 (one presentation annually Fall or Spring)||1||CBIO 860 (one presentation annually Fall or Spring)||1|
|CBIO 899||1-10||CBIO 899||1-10|
|Elective||1-3||Annual participation and/or attendance in KUMC Student Research Forum.|
|Thesis defense scheduled semester approved by committee to graduate.|
|Annual participation and/or attendance in the KU Cancer Center Research Retreats.|
|Total Hours: 41-101|