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Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine

MS-RSM students in the lab

As of March 2017, the Master of Science and Reproductive Science and Medicine program offers thesis and non-thesis tracks. Applicants to Fall 2017 and later have the option to select a thesis or non-thesis track to earn a Master of Science degree.

The Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine (MS-RSM) is a full-time, terminal Master of Science degree focusing on human reproductive biology and medicine. We offer thesis and non-thesis tracks to meet the needs of our applicants and their professional goals.

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

The program is rigorous and includes structured reproductive science coursework, hands-on laboratory instruction, seminars, either independent thesis research or group research conducted in a classroom setting. Research is a cornerstone of our program and all students receive hands-on laboratory instruction. Core courses are completed in 3 quarters (fall, winter, spring) for both the thesis and non-thesis tracks. Non-thesis track students complete structured hypothesis driven research in a classroom setting during the second and third quarters. Students on the non-thesis track have the option graduate after 3 quarters or to conduct research for a fourth quarter during the summer. Thesis track students continue in the program for 3 additional quarters after completing core courses bring total program length to 6 quarters. Thesis track students join laboratories during the second quarter and complete 4 quarters of research. Thesis and non-thesis tracks are described in detail under “Curriculum and Program of Study.”

A majority of program courses and activities will take place on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University. However, the program is University-wide, and select courses, 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.

Thesis and non-thesis 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, medical degree, and nursing programs. The non-thesis option is designed to provide students who have varied research exposure with structured instruction on the scientific method, hypothesis driven research, and laboratory techniques essential to reproductive science and medicine research. The thesis option is designed for students who have research experience, are comfortable in a laboratory setting, and have completed at least 1 biology course with a laboratory component or equivalent. Applicants are encouraged to contact the program: repro-masters@northwestern.edu to discuss individual needs.

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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, postdoctoral and clinical fellows 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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