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Cancer and Oncology Biology


Programs in cancer and oncology biology focus on the causes and treatments of cancer.

Programs in cancer and oncology biology teach people about carcinogens and the progression of cancer. Students learn about cell growth, genetics, and the immune system. They study how the disease begins and behaves.

Cancer and oncology biology programs include topics such as:


Several universities and medical schools offer graduate degrees in cancer and oncology biology. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

See schools that offer this program.

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

In addition, some programs require you to have taken courses in genetics, immunology, and microbiology.

Typical Course Work

Graduate Program Courses

This graduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically also include:

Things to Know

Many programs combine cancer biology with the study of radiation biology.

Some programs award a master's degree to you while you are studying for your PhD. This means that you can enter the program with a bachelor's degree.

Many schools offer combined MD/PhD programs. This means you become a medical doctor as well as a research scientist.

As a cancer biologist, you can work for private laboratories, drug companies, or hospitals. You can also work for graduate and medical schools.


King-Snohomish Area

University of Washington - Seattle