Schools with Embryology Programs: How to Choose

Embryology programs teach students about the scientific study of reproduction and the earliest stages of life. Most are graduate degree programs designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in biology.

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Embryology programs are found in developmental biology departments in public and private universities across the country. Programs place an emphasis on reproductive health technologies and clinical research concerning assisted reproduction.

Top Biological Sciences Schools

The following institutions are among the top fifteen graduate schools in the nation for biological sciences programs, per the U.S. News & World Report.

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private Graduate $41,832
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private Graduate $46,400
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private Graduate $45,729
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Graduate $11,200 in state, $26,322 out of state
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 4-year, Private Graduate $43,710
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private Graduate $48,710
University of California - San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, Public Graduate $11,220 in state, $26,322 out of state
Yale University New Haven, CT 4-year, Private Graduate $38,700
Princeton University Princeton, NJ 4-year, Private Graduate $43,450
Scripps Research Institute La Jolla, CA 4-year, Private Graduate $30,000 yearly stipend**

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **school website

How to Select an Embryology Program

For embryology programs, students may want to consider the following:

  • Programs that utilize the newest technologies available in the field prepare students to work with current technologies while providing a solid foundation to adapt to emerging technologies.
  • Students should make sure a school's laboratories are well-funded and held in high regard among researchers.
  • Students who have a particular interest in a specific aspect of embryology or developmental biology, such as stem cell research or cell structure, may want to look for research programs that focus on these areas.
  • Students who plan to work as embryologists in reproductive medicine should first earn a bachelor's degree in biology, followed by a master's degree in embryology, developmental biology or reproductive science.

Bachelor's Degree in Biology

Most embryologists hold bachelor's degrees in biology or biomedicine. These programs provide a solid foundation for students considering graduate school in embryology or developmental biology. Students may have opportunities to take specialized courses or seminars relating to human reproduction or embryonic development.

Master's Degree in Embryology

Master's degree programs in embryology or developmental biology offer students in-depth courses in genetics and cell development as well as opportunities to delve into research in the laboratory setting. Many of these 2-year programs require students to complete a thesis based on their research.

Doctor of Philosophy in Embryology

Doctoral programs in developmental biology are offered through schools of medicine or biology departments. These programs are often individualized to a student's research interests. Most of these programs require students to write a dissertation based on their research findings.

Embryology programs can be found at bachelor, master and doctoral levels. Specialized areas of focus such as reproductive or developmental embryology are available, though an emphasis on research is common across programs.

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