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Department of biochemistry and Molecular biology

Masters Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Program of Study
A typical course of study for the Masters in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is as follows:

First Year
Development of a program of study and its approval by the Graduate Training Director, 12 credit hours of course work, development of a research project, and selection of a Thesis Advisory Committee within 6 months of starting the MS program.

Second Year
During the second year, students fulfill any remaining credit hour requirements and continue to work on their research project. At the end of the year, students defend their thesis.

Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of 12 credit hours of course work. Aside from Essentials of Scientific Practice (CGS-710), which is taken by all students, courses are decided  with the student’s mentor. Often this will comprise the first 4 units of the common curriculum for first-year PhD students (CGS 701) and Advanced Biochemistry (BMB-735).
  • 15 credit hours of laboratory research in each semester
  • Attendance at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Research and Methods Seminar Series.
  • At least two public presentations of their work to the department, comprising a talk for the Research and Methods Seminar Series (BMB-730) and the thesis defense.
  • Writing of a dissertation thesis and its successful defense.

Admissions Requirements

No single metric is used to assess applicants, but rather a broader picture of the candidate’s qualities is considered by the admissions committee. As guideline, candidates with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, and who have achieved >50th percentile for the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE are more likely to be considered favorably. Experience in research is desirable, although not required. For international students, a TOEFL score of at least 100 is required. No stipends are available for Masters students.


Applications are accepted January 1st to May 31st every year. Applications must be submitted online via Enrollment Management.

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