Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

Degree Requirements

Each year’s MAMS curriculum is generally drawn from the following list. However new courses are added on a routine basis. Please see the Class Schedule for the MAMS classes listed each year.


400-Level Courses

This course takes an experimental approach to advanced topics including: developmental genetics, cell-cell interactions, control of pattern formation, and cell lineage analysis, using human, mammalian and nonmammallian examples.

This course consists of an experimental approach to advanced topics in eukaryotic molecular genetics and human genetics.

This course covers topics relevant to cellular structure and function. Selected topics include, cell signaling, cell adhesion, membrane function, cell motility and cytoskeletal function.. The cellular basis for some human syndromes and diseases will also be covered.

This course provides an examination of the fabric of the human organism from a physiological perspective. Systems relating to communication and integration will be emphasized in the first semester. In the second semester, integration will be applied to the control of cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive and reproductive systems.

This course focuses on the foundations, principles, and concepts of biochemistry, including the structure and function of proteins, enzymatic mechanisms, and metabolic pathways that sustain life.

Introduction to immune cells and tissues, development of the lymphocyte receptors, Innate immunity, adaptive immunity, mucosal immunity, and subjects in immunological malfunction and manipulation of the immune system.

Courses depend on availability of faculty experts.


To receive the MA in Medical Sciences degree, students must complete 24 credit hours in a curriculum drawn each year from the above list.

All classes in the Master of Arts in Medical Sciences Program are graduate-level classes. The expected level of scholastic endeavor, initiative, and independent inquiry is far beyond that expected in undergraduate programs or in post-graduate professional programs. Reading textbooks beyond the minimum assignment and reading outside the required books are essential. Student dedication and high performance are required for strong letter grades.