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Molecular Bioscience
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Molecular Bioscience

With a strong foundation in both research and teaching, this STEM-designated biology doctorate program focuses on advanced training in modern life science disciplines, including genetics, cell and developmental biology, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, pharmacology, molecular ecology and immunology. Our training approach — coursework, research and collaborative interaction — builds students’ intellectual abilities and prepares them for research careers in academia, industry and government. Both full-time and part-time study options are available for this degree.

Seton Hall University's Ph.D. in Molecular Bioscience offers a flexible part-time PhD program for working professionals. This program emphasizes corporate partnerships, notably with Bristol Myers Squibb, enriching research in areas like cancer. Biology PhD students have unique opportunities to research with faculty through doctoral research fellowships, enhancing their research teams program involvement. This strategic integration of industry collaboration and faculty mentorship prepares graduates for significant contributions in both academic and industry settings.

What Can I Do Related to Biology with a Ph.D. in Molecular Bioscience?

With a Ph.D. in Molecular Bioscience, individuals gain a comprehensive understanding of biology at the molecular and cellular levels, opening avenues to various professional endeavors. In New Jersey, with its thriving pharmaceutical and biotech landscape, those with a Ph.D. can spearhead cutting-edge research initiatives, participate in drug discovery, or manage teams working on the frontiers of biotechnological advancements. Being near major industry players offers unparalleled networking and collaboration potential. Beyond the commercial realm, the degree is a passport to a rewarding career in academia, enabling graduates to become faculty members, conduct independent research, or assume leadership roles within academic institutions. Additionally, other career paths include roles in science communication, patent law, or consultancy, where deep expertise in molecular bioscience can be applied to diverse real-world challenges. In essence, a Ph.D. in Molecular Bioscience offers a versatile foundation for careers in both industry and academia, among other sectors.

By the Numbers

  • 24 Average Number of Students Enrolled in Program
  • 6:1 Graduate Students to Faculty Ratio in Department
  • 19 Papers Published by Faculty Last Year
  • 27 Conference Presentations by Faculty Last Year
ArtSci By the Numbers

"The Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology and Sulie Chang offered me a unique experience. I was able to pursue rigorous doctorate research while maintaining a full-time job in the pharmaceutical industry. My doctoral degree not only provided me with a deep understanding of my field of research, but also the skills needed to advance in the industry: analytical thinking and written communication."

Natasha Homji, Ph.D. ’12


This program consists of two phases: foundation coursework and dissertation research. In between, students take a comprehensive qualifying exam. You’ll study and work inside McNulty Hall — where a $35 million upgrade helped build state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories. In addition to classroom and seminar experiences, you’ll conduct research through our faculty’s programs or in collaboration with local biotechnology, pharmaceutical and academic institutions.

Faculty Listing

The Biological Sciences faculty conduct internationally recognized research and innovative, technologically-enhanced instruction. Faculty members have diverse interests in molecular, cell and systems biology, and maintain active research programs sponsored through federal funding, including the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Collaborative research programs with local biotechnology, pharmaceutical and academic institutions provide further research training opportunities for students.

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Angela Klaus
Associate Professor
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Jessica Cottrell
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences; Chair
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Our Graduate Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to providing graduate programs to educate the professionals, scientists, educators and leaders of the future. Our goal is to impart the skills and knowledge that graduate students need to develop and follow successful career paths and to prepare them to contribute meaningfully to society through service and/or the advancement of knowledge. We believe that an education grounded in the principles of liberal arts and dedicated to societal advancement through research and interdisciplinary studies is the best instrument for producing well-rounded citizens with intentions that are both personally fulfilling and noble.

Contact Us

  • Constantine Bitsaktsis, Ph.D.
  • Director of Graduate Studies
  • (973) 761-9532
  • [email protected]
  • Michael Dooney, Ph.D.
  • Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs
  • (973) 275-2155
  • [email protected]

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