Overview

The Master of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology is a full time, 30 credit program, designed to be completed in one year.  This degree offers laboratory-based training in an intellectually stimulating learning environment with opportunities for students to become critical thinkers.  Students are taught by faculty members who are leaders in the field of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and span a broad area of research within the scientific community. 

This program may be advantageous to those seeking hands-on laboratory & research experiences; a gap year before applying to medical programs; opportunities to enter the scientific workforce faster by gaining employable skills, or those wanting to be better prepared to apply for PhD and MSTP programs. 

This degree may be optionally combined with a Master of Business Administration to enhance career options. The MBA portion of the sequential program may be completed in one year and consists of 44 MBA credits. The degrees must be obtained sequentially. The admission and degree process for the MBA  is separate and conducted by the Miami Herbert Business School. 

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.
  • Additionally, applicants  are required to submit three letters of recommendation and a personal statement.
  • Applicants who have not received a degree from a university in the United States will need to satisfy the English proficiency requirements by submitting valid TOEFL scores.

Full application instructions can be found online.  

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 I
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 I 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 I 5
 Credit Hours12
Summer
BMB 630 Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I 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