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Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine

MS-RSM students in the labThe Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine (MS-RSM) is an 18-month, full-time, terminal Master of Science degree focusing on mammalian reproductive biology and medicine. The mission of the MS-RSM program is to provide fundamental reproductive science training with a focus on applications to human health. The MS-RSM program is administered by the Center for Reproductive Science (CRS) and is part of The Graduate School (TGS) of Northwestern University.

The program is rigorous and includes structured reproductive science coursework, hands-on laboratory instruction, seminars, and independent thesis research. Students take courses over 6 quarters and join research laboratories during their second quarter. In addition to independent thesis research, students take a reproductive technologies course covering hands-on laboratory techniques and group laboratory work. Electives and professional development complement core courses. Independent research culminates in a written thesis.

A majority of program courses and activities will take place on the Chicago campus. However, the program is University-wide, and some core courses, electives, and thesis research opportunities are located on the Evanston and Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute campuses. University shuttles connect Chicago, Evanston and Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute campuses.

Program graduates will be prepared for research and technical positions with academic, clinical, and pharmaceutical laboratories. Students will also have a strong foundation for further training to PhD and medical degree programs.

Admitted students are only eligible for Master of Science degrees and matriculate during fall quarters.

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CRS and Community

The CRS serves as the administrative home of the MS-RSM program. The CRS is a long-standing academic and research center at Northwestern University serving to develop a community of reproductive scientists and provide member support through collaborative grants, networking events, data clubs, seminars, and trainee professional development activities. MS-RSM students will benefit from interacting with faculty, doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in scientific and social settings. Professional relationship building is an important part of scientific training and MS-RSM students are expected to participate fully in CRS activities.

The MS in Reproductive Science and Medicine program reserves the right to change, without notice, any statement in this website and program publications, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In all cases of policy changes, fair treatment of the affected students is a guiding consideration.

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