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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. 6 credit hours of course work (e.g. CGS 701), 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, Masters students fulfill any remaining credit hour requirement, continue and then complete their research project, write their thesis and successfully defend it.

Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of 6 credit hours of course work. The courses are decided with the student’s mentor, but often this will be 3 or more units of the common curriculum for first-year PhD students (CGS 701).
  • 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.
  • At least one original research article published in a peer-reviewed journal as a coauthor.
  • 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. (Note, we do not offer conditional acceptance).

Admissions Deadline

We accept MS students only once per year and the deadline for applications is May 31st. Applications must be submitted online via Enrollment Management.

MS Admissions Committee

Ashley Cowart, PhD
Hiroko Hama, PhD
Yong-Mei Zhang, PhD

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