The master's degree in BMB emphasizes laboratory-based or industrial research training and prepares students for careers in industry, academia, and government laboratories. The program is targeted to students interested in joining science workforce after the bachelor's degree in industry, academic, and government laboratories. The program is also suitable for students requiring additional background in BMB in order to pursue PhD or MD-PhD programs if they chose to pursue these paths after obtaining MS degree. The program will be useful for students who would like to transition into laboratory science workforce faster but were not prepared for laboratory or research hands-on experience during their undergraduate degree. We envision that the graduates from MS program will find career opportunities in industry or government laboratories. Additionally, these students will be better prepared for apply for PhD or MD-PhD programs.

The MS in BMB will be completed in one or two years depending on the track and electives and will consist of 30 credits. Two tracks are offered: research and industry.

Admission Requirements

  • In order to be admitted to this program, eligible students must have a Bachelor of Science degree in a basic science or related discipline.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Applicants must submit scores of their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Competitive score is required with a minimum score of 50 percentile.
  • Additionally, the applicants will be required to submit two letters of recommendation and a personal statement.
  • Applicants who have not received a degree from a university in the United States should also satisfy the English proficiency requirements by submitting TOEFL scores.

Curriculum Requirements

The requirements for graduation with MS degree include the following:

  • Successful completion of 15 credit hours of required courses and 15 credit hours of research work totaling 30 credit hours.
  • A final oral comprehensive examination of the research performed- A student failing the comprehensive may be allowed one opportunity to retake it if the student's committee so advises. The re-examination may not be taken during the same semester or summer session and must be taken within one calendar year.

Research Track

Required Courses 24
Research Journal Club
Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Molecular Genetics
Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Responsible Conduct of Research
Electives6
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery (Masters)
Essentials of Biotechniques I
Essentials of Biotechniques II
Total Credit Hours30

Industry Track

Required Courses16
Research Journal Club
Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Molecular Genetics
Essentials of Biotechniques I
Essentials of Biotechniques II
Responsible Conduct of Research
Electives3
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery (Masters)
Internship9
Internship in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Capstone2
Capstone project in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Total Credit Hours30

Suggested Plans of Study

Research Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
BMB 680 Responsible Conduct of Research 1
BMB 601 Research Journal Club 1
BMB 605 Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
BMB 614 Molecular Genetics 3
BMB 630 Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 4
 Credit Hours12
Spring
BMB 601 Research Journal Club 1
BMB 615 Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery (Masters) 3
BMB 610 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
BMB 630 Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 5
 Credit Hours12
Summer
BMB 630 Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30

Industry Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
BMB 680 Responsible Conduct of Research 1
BMB 601 Research Journal Club 1
BMB 605 Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
BMB 614 Molecular Genetics 3
BMB 641 Essentials of Biotechniques I 3
 Credit Hours11
Spring
BMB 601 Research Journal Club 1
BMB 642 Essentials of Biotechniques II 3
BMB 633 Capstone project in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1
BMB 615 Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery (Masters) 3
 Credit Hours8
Summer
BMB 632 Internship in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 9
BMB 633 Capstone project in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2
 Credit Hours11
 Total Credit Hours30