Accelerated M.S. in Tumor Biology

Highly motivated Georgetown B.S. in Human Science students can complete the requirements for the M.S. in Tumor Biology in one semester after completing the bachelor’s program.

Students in the Master of Science in Tumor Biology program will learn basic concepts in cancer biology. Topics include biochemistry, pharmacology, prevention and methodology specific to cancer research. Students will be trained in basic laboratory techniques and will complete a research project. Graduates from our program will have a comprehensive understanding of the underlying mechanisms of cancer progression and the existing clinical challenges in treating this disease.

Students are required to complete a Laboratory Research Project (TBIO 7050 and 7060). Students are matched with a cancer researcher at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center based on mutual preferences. In the laboratory, students receive hands-on training for planning and conducting experiments to answer key questions in cancer biology. Common techniques learned include methods in cell culture, molecular biology (analysis of DNA, RNA, proteins or metabolites) or in vivo models of cancer. 


HSCI students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major are eligible to apply to this program by January 15 of their junior year. Students who wish to apply should inquire with Sumaira Akber, Assistant Dean, School of Health, or Jason Tilan, Director of Accelerated BGE Pathways, Department of Human Science.

For more information about our program and admissions, please contact us.


Undergraduates start taking master’s courses in their senior year, earning the master’s degree in the fall after completing the Bachelor of Science.

Human Science Accelerated Master's Program Timeline. HSCI Junior Fall/Spring: Apply to M.S. program. HSCI Senior Fall: 2 HSCI core courses, 2 M.S. courses. HSCI Senior Spring: 2 HSCI core courses, 2 M.S. courses. M.S. Program Fall: Complete M.S. requirements.

Suggested Degree Plan

Senior – Fall

Course NameCredit(s)
HSCI 4972 Human Science Seminar/Capstone I3
HSCI 4510 Physiological Adaptations4
TBIO 6510 Biochemistry for Cancer Research4
SYSM 5910 Biomedical Informatics
TBIO 6525 Cancer Genetics
14 Credits

Senior – Spring

Course NameCredit(s)
HSCI 4973 Human Science Seminar/Capstone II3
HSCI 3090 Immunology3
TBIO 6536 Cancer Pharmacology4
TBIO 7060 Cancer Research Techniques3
13 Credits

Upon completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, you will receive your bachelor’s degree and may participate in Commencement with your undergraduate class. Contact your advising dean for more information.

Master’s – Fall

Complete the Biomedical Graduate Education Orientation at the start of the semester.

Course NameCredit(s)
SYSM 5910 Biomedical Informatics
TBIO 6525 Cancer Genetics
TBIO 6508 Cellular/Molecular Aspects of the Transformed Cell4
TBIO 7050 Cancer Research Techniques3
Graduate electives6
16 Credits

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