Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to these programs is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School and the graduate programs of the School of Medicine, respectively.  The degree is offered under Plan A only, in which eight of the thirty required credits must be from thesis research requiring the completion of an approved experimental research project. Students must have an undergraduate degree with preferred majors being chemistry or biology, although students with other majors such as mathematics or physics are welcome to apply. A minimum grade point average of 2.6 is required. The results of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam should also be presented by those applicants coming from countries where English is not the mother tongue.


Applicants for the Master of Science degree must complete the following coursework, including at least eight credits of master's research. Required coursework includes the following:

BIO 6000Molecular Cell Biology I3
BMB 7010General Biochemistry Lecture4
BMB 7030Core Concepts in Technologies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology4
BMB 7320Protein Structure and Function3
BMB 7330Advanced Molecular Biology2
or BMB 7360 Advanced Structural Biology
BMB 7890Journal Club (First Year)1
BMB 7890Journal Club (Second Year)1
BMB 7996Research (First Year)2
BMB 7996Research (Second Year)6
BMB 8999Master's Thesis Research and Direction8
Total Credits34

The completion of an original research project and the preparation and presentation of a thesis are the primary activities of the second year.

Academic Scholarship: All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the School of Medicine governing graduate scholarship and degrees.