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Announcing the Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine

September 21, 2016

Program Overview

The 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 MS-RSM is to provide fundamental reproductive science training with a focus on applications to human health.

The program is rigorous and includes structured reproductive science coursework, hands-on laboratory instruction, seminars and independent thesis research. Students take courses the full 18 months and join research labs during winter quarter of their first year. Independent research results are written and presented as the student’s thesis during the program’s final quarter. In addition to independent thesis research, students take a reproductive technologies course covering hands-on lab techniques and group lab work. Electives complement core courses and allow students to create areas of specialization and achieve academic breadth. A majority of program courses and activities are located on the Chicago campus. However, the program is cross-campus 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 and are free to students. Videoconferencing is used within the program and allows students to participate in a variety of events on all 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.

Center for Reproductive Science (CRS) and Community

The Center for Reproductive Science (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.