Graduate Certificate

Gradute Certificate

Professional Molecular Sciences Graduate Certificate

Molecular Biosciences is an interdisciplinary area melded from the formerly isolated fields of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, and molecular biology. The intersection of these fields serves as the foundation for much of modern biotechnology, medical research, and interdisciplinary fields like biological chemistry and biological physics.

Completion of the graduate certificate courses will be invaluable in career development in many different interdisciplinary fields. In addition, the certificate courses can be applied to WSU’s Professional Science Masters degree in Molecular Biosciences. The certificate can be obtained on the Pullman campus or anywhere in the United States through online courses offered by WSU Global Campus. All online courses in the certificate are taught and were developed by WSU faculty. 

Who Should Earn the Certificate?

  • Graduate students in a variety of disciplines from agriculture to veterinary medicine, who are looking for professional training to add to their skill sets
  • Working professionals who seek retraining and/or additional training
  • Educators who require continuing education for accreditation
  • Non-degree seeking students who want interdisciplinary science and professional training

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Professional Molecular Sciences should have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in biology, biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, microbiology or a related field. The Graduate School requires a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA in undergraduate work.  Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 and have significant work experiences in a relevant scientific field may be considered for admission.

Applicants must submit the Graduate School Application for a Graduate Certificate, including a statement of purpose (300 words max) addressing the following questions;

  • What is your motivation for earning the graduate certificate?
  • What is your assessment of your ability to succeed in graduate courses?

Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate level coursework will also be required. International students who have not earned a previous degree from a US institution within the last two years must also submit TOEFL scores.

How to apply to WSU

New students must complete a Graduate School application, including the $75 application fee, personal statement and official transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate coursework. Because the certificate programs are designed for part-time study without formal admission to a degree program, international students in the US on student visas are not eligible to enroll solely in certificate courses. International applicants may apply for the certificate as a global campus (online) student only.

Application deadlines 
Fall Semester             June 1
Spring Semester         November 1

After completing the course work, current WSU graduate students must submit an application for Graduation for Graduate Certificate, obtaining the signature of the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Molecular Biosciences. For more information, visit the Graduate School website.

Program Requirements

 Course # Course Title Campus Credits
 Required Science Course
 MBIOS 503Advanced Molecular Biology I Pullman , Online  3 credits
 Other Science Courses - Choose one course
 MBIOS 501 Cell Biology Pullman, Online 3 credits
 MBIOS 513General Biochemistry  Pullman, Online 3 credits 
 MBIOS 578Bioinformatics  Pullman, Online  3 credits 
 MBIOS 584Medical Genetics  Pullman, Online 3 credits
 Professional Courses - choose 6 credits
  One course only from any of the following five areas:
 PHIL 530Bioethics Pullman, Online  2 credits 
 PHIL 532Seminar in Business EthicsOnline  3 credits
 PHIL 535Advanced Biomedical EthicsOnline 3 credits
 MBIOS 580Science Information LiteracyOnline 2 credits 
 ENGL 562Writing & Rhetoric in Science & Technology Online 3 credits 
 ENGL 495Rhetoric of Science & TechnologyOnline 3 credits
 COM 541Science CommunicationOnline 3 credits 
 ENTRP 486Launching New Ventures Pullman, Online  3 credits 
 E_M 505Finance for Technical Systems Online  3 credits 
 E_M 508Legal Concepts/Eng & Tech ManagersOnline 3 credits 
 E_M 501Management of Organizations (not offered after Summer 2021)
Online 3 credits 
 E_M 522Leading People and Organizations (formerly Leadership, Supervision and Management)
Online  3 credits 
 E_M 564Project Management Online 3 credits
 E_M 575Managing Innovation: Strategy & Performance
Online 3 credits
 MBIOS 583Professional Skills SeminarOnline 1 credit

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in coursework required for the completion of this certificate. Substitution of courses may occur after approval from the Director of the Professional Sciences Master degree program and the Associate Director for Graduate Studies in the School of Molecular Biosciences. Please note that if you have credit for the conjoined courses MBios 401, MBios 413, MBios 478, you cannot get credit/ enroll in MBios 501, MBios 513, or MBios 578.

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