Online Program Overview

The online Master of Science in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences (SBDS-MS) program prepares students for careers and leadership in skin science and industry. The curriculum covers basic science and laboratory research techniques, as well as management skills, grant & regulatory issues, enterprise issues, and clinical problems.

The Master of Science in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences program is unique in its depth and breadth because it covers basic science in skin biology and laboratory research techniques. In addition, the degree considers a variety of additional skills to help students succeed in industry and academia, for it considers management skills, grant writing, regulatory issues, enterprise issues, and clinical problems.

Skin biology includes many biological processes: development, perpetual differentiation and barrier maintenance, stem cell biology, tissue repair and regeneration, neogenesis, native and adapted immunity, and genetic disorders just to name a few. The areas represented in our research base include skin biochemistry, genomics, immunology, microbiology, inflammation, pharmacology, cell and stem cell biology as well as clinical research using areas of a variety of skin disorders, aging, aesthetics, cancer, and wounds as a clinical touchpoint.

Training in all these aspects is currently not provided by any single program in the United States. Thus, a Master’s degree in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences will impart a unique skill set and research background. There is a growing need for knowledgeable healthcare professionals. Healthcare providers, policy makers, research scientists, academic practices in the US and in the rest of the world, as well as makers of skin and skincare products from devices, drugs and cosmeceuticals and their workers need trained personnel. The coursework in this degree program will offer essential scientific knowledge, management, and administrative skills that will be helpful for individuals desiring a skin sciences oriented career.


Jie Li, MD, PhD, Graduate Program Director
Andrea Jimenez, Graduate Program Manager
MS in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences
305 243 6875

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution must be conferred before the intended start date.

2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above is required for candidates with bachelor’s or Master’s degrees. GPA is not required for candidates with MD or PhD degree.

3. A GRE general test or MCAT score is highly recommended but not required. The test will be waived for candidates with MD or PhD degree.

4. English proficiency requirement: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the internet based test (iBT), or 550 for the paper based test (PBT); or 6.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required for those candidates who graduated from foreign institutes.

5. A personal statement, including past experience and future career goals, is required as part of the application.

6. Three to five letters of recommendation from research or clinical mentors or teachers. 

Curriculum Requirements

DER 601Introduction to Dermatology1
DER 603Skin Biology and Pathophysiology3
DER 605Microbiology and Immunology of the Skin3
DER 606Dermato-epidemiology2
DER 607Dermatopharmacology2
DER 608Photobiology and Photomedicine1
DER 609Skin Carcinogenesis2
DER 610Clinical Skin Diseases2
DER 611Visualizing the Skin2
DER 612Grant Writing1
DER 613Techniques in Skin Research1
DER 614Innovation in Dermatology1
DER 615Dermatology Health Care Delivery1
DER 622Introduction to Dermatopathology1
DER 623Techniques in Skin Research- II1
DER 631Advances in Dermatology1
DER 632Advances in Dermatology1
DER 633Advances in Dermatology1
DER 641Frontiers in Sciences1
DER 642Frontiers in Sciences1
DER 643Frontiers in Sciences1
Total Credit Hours30

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
DER 601 Introduction to Dermatology 1
DER 603 Skin Biology and Pathophysiology 3
DER 605 Microbiology and Immunology of the Skin 3
DER 606 Dermato-epidemiology 2
DER 631 Advances in Dermatology 1
DER 641 Frontiers in Sciences 1
 Credit Hours11
DER 607 Dermatopharmacology 2
DER 608 Photobiology and Photomedicine 1
DER 609 Skin Carcinogenesis 2
DER 610 Clinical Skin Diseases 2
DER 613 Techniques in Skin Research 1
DER 622 Introduction to Dermatopathology 1
DER 632 Advances in Dermatology 1
DER 642 Frontiers in Sciences 1
 Credit Hours11
DER 611 Visualizing the Skin 2
DER 612 Grant Writing 1
DER 614 Innovation in Dermatology 1
DER 615 Dermatology Health Care Delivery 1
DER 623 Techniques in Skin Research- II 1
DER 633 Advances in Dermatology 1
DER 643 Frontiers in Sciences 1
 Credit Hours8
 Total Credit Hours30


Our mission is to foster future generations of skin scientists, physician scientists and industrial leaders in skin care as well as skin related drug and device development. 


In alignment with the university's strategic vision, the goals of the program are:

  • Train Master’s students in a focused knowledge area of Skin Biology and Dermatologic Science; and
  • Train Master’s students in requisite research and research management skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of skin biology.
  • Students will demonstrate advanced knowledge of dermatological science and skin disorders.
  • Students will demonstrate advanced knowledge of innovation, technology and regulations in the field of skin biology and dermatological sciences.