Clinical Embryology & Andrology Master's Program


Program Description

Eastern Virginia Medical School, through its prestigious Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, is a pioneer of assisted reproductive technology (ART). In 1981, the first in vitro fertilization baby in the United States was born through the efforts of The Jones Institute. The Jones Institute is widely acknowledged to be an international leader in clinical and scientific research in ART and has trained many prominent physicians and scientists.‌ Today's embryologists and andrologist require a foundation for lifelong learning to:

  • Understand the relevance and application of advances in biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics as they apply to ART.
  • Learn the reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists and andrologists perspectives for diagnosis and treatment of infertility.
  • Apply best practices in clinical embryology and andrology laboratory and reproductive medicine research.
  • Prepare and adapt to new technologies as well as new regulatory guidelines.
  • Strengthen skills in critical reading and interpreting the research literature.
  • Develop independent synthesis, analysis, and study design skills through writing a thesis.
  • Anticipate future laboratory and personnel requirements.
  • Understand biomedical ethical as well as legal principles and patient privacy issues as they relate to clinical IVF and medical research.
  • Master basic hands-on skills in embryology and andrology.
  • Through the convenience of the Internet, EVMS now provides online education that meets current and projected training needs in this rapidly evolving field.

With faculty leadership from the Jones Institute, EVMS launched and Internet-based graduate program in Clinical Embryology and Andrology in May 2003.


The curriculum for the Clinical Embryology and Andrology Master’s Program has been constructed with the input from the Course and Program Directors. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the Clinical Embryologist and/or Andrologist; to deepen basic knowledge to better understand the basic science behind IVF procedures. Another aspect of the program is to impart best practices for the IVF laboratory with special emphasis on design, workflow, QC/QA, CLIA 88 and current FDA regulations. Of paramount importance within the curriculum is the constant thread of ethical concerns and patient rights. The 24-month multidisciplinary course of study provides coursework and research opportunities that give the students general and specialized biomedical sciences training. The program is designed to be completed in six semesters at an average of two to three courses per semester for a total of sixteen online courses (36 credits). Two of these courses have online and on-campus components (taught during the yearly residential program). Typically students complete coursework and interact with instructors and classmates through a distance education format utilizing the Blackboard Learning Management System. Students are required to attend two 5-day Residential Courses at the EVMS campus in Norfolk Virginia. In the first year, it is at the end of the summer session the last week in July. In the second year, it is held during the last week of May. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded the Master’s of Science (MS) in Biological Sciences specializing in Clinical Embryology and Andrology.

Mission & Goals

The mission of the Clinical Embryology and Andrology Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School is to provide an educational program dedicated to academic excellence that provides the essential knowledge and skills to produce competent clinical embryologists and andrologists. The M.S. in Biomedical Sciences—Clinical Embryology and Andrology Program is designed for clinical embryologists, andrologists, physicians, and others involved in the practice of ART. The program goal is to provide multidisciplinary graduate level education and training in current technology to meet the ever-changing demands in clinical and research aspects of assisted reproductive medicine embryology and andrology. This program was designed to create a bridge between clinical, laboratory and molecular reproductive medicine and the basic sciences as well as evaluate skills and offer training in basic and advanced techniques.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must have completed all undergraduate degree requirements and have been issued a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculating as an EVMS student. If the bachelor’s degree was issued by a U.S. college or university, as a general rule it should be from a regionally accredited institution. However, the program may grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Official transcripts from the awarding institution must specify the date upon which the degree was issued.

  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (B-) or better.
  • Have successfully completed two semesters of college-level biology and chemistry.
  • Applying as an experienced embryologist or andrologist:
  • Currently work, or have worked, in clinical IVF or basic reproductive research as an embryologist, andrologist, nurse, physician or research scientist.
  • Complete an experience evaluation form and submit to the CEA office after application submission.

Applying with no experience:

  • Must shadow at an IVF facility and obtain a letter that lists what was observed.
  • Contact the program office for more details and assistance.
  • Two Letters of recommendation, (submitted by the reference electronically) from individuals who are acquainted with you academically and/or professionally. References from close friends and family memebers are unacceptable.
  • A personal essay. Complete essay instructions are available inside the online application portal.

International students, or applicants whose native language is not English, must take the TOEFL and receive a score equal to or greater than 550 for the paper-based test, or 213 for the computer-based test, or 80 for the iBT exam.

Last updated Dec 2017

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