School of Medicine


Oncological Sciences

M.A. in Oncological Sciences

Program Purpose

The program prepares students to be knowledgeable and skilled scientists in the general area of cancer biology. Students should develop deep knowledge in least one area of modern cancer biology, e.g. transcriptional regulation and epigenetics, cancer genetics, animal models of gastrointestinal, breast and lung cancers and cancer cell biology including signaling, apoptosis and metabolism. Training is primarily provided through research in a productive and stimulating laboratory environment. This individualized training is supplemented with a range of opportunities to learn many diverse aspects of cancer biology through organized journal clubs, joint group meetings and to develop skills to critically evaluate research literature and proposals. Our goal is to prepare students to conduct high-level research in a support position, and for a range of academic, government, and commercial positions that require a strong background in cancer biology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students should demonstrate a broad understanding of the mechanisms that underlie tumorigenesis and the approaches to conduct cutting edge research in cancer biology.
  • Students should demonstrate a deep understanding of at least one area of contemporary research in cancer biology.
  • Students should be able to critically evaluate contemporary cancer research literature and cancer research programs.
  • Students should accomplish original research and demonstrate competency in performing contemporary cancer biology research.
  • Students should be prepared to support a high-level cancer biology research program.