Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

MS in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences

Our Master of Science in Skin Biology and Dermatological Science (SBDS) degree program is the first of its kind in the United States. It prepares students for careers and leadership in skin science and industry.

The Master of Science in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences program is unique in its depth and breadth because it covers basic science research and laboratory techniques. In addition, the program considers a variety of additional skills to help you succeed in your career—including management skills, grant writing, regulatory issues, enterprise formation issues, and clinical problems.

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

There is a growing need for knowledgeable health care professionals. Health care providers, policy makers, research scientists, academic practitioners in the US and in the world and even makers of skin care products (from devices, drugs, and cosmeceuticals) need trained personnel. The coursework in this degree program will offer essential scientific knowledge, techniques, management and administrative skills that will be helpful for individuals desiring a skin science-oriented career.


This program serves as a bridge that allows students of different backgrounds to pursue different goals. After classes like Advances in Dermatology and Frontiers in Sciences, I’ve grown to appreciate the beauty of science. My ultimate goal is to become a physician-scientist in Dermatology focused on pigmented lesions and skin cancer. I’m very thankful for my time in the Master’s program, as I truly believe this program has provided the tools necessary for success in my future endeavors.

Marquese Noel-McCormick
Student, MS in Skin Biology & Dermatological Sciences