Overview

The Master of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology is a full-time, 30 credit program, designed to be completed in one year. This program 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:

  • A gap year before applying for MD and MD- Ph.D. programs
  • Hands-on laboratory & research experience
  • Additional training for admission to Ph.D. programs. 
  • Opportunities to gain employable skills to help prepare for careers in industry 

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

Applicants to the Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program at the Miller School must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and sufficient undergraduate coursework in the areas of biological sciences, physical sciences, medicine, agricultural sciences, or chemical sciences.

Competitive candidates will have the following:

  • Excellent academic record (minimum overall cumulative GPA = 3.0)
  • Strong letters of recommendation
  • Motivation to pursue state-of-the-art biomedical research or a career in medicine

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 up to 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 1
BMB 605Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
BMB 612Medical Genetics (Course should be listed as "Human Genetics")3
BMB 618Scientific Communications Journal Review2
BMB 630Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I 23
BMB 634Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II 26
BMB 635Research In Biochemistry and Molecular Biology III6
Electives: Choose 7 elective credits from the list below: 37
BMB Graduate Research Seminars 3
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery (Masters) 3
Basis of Mitochondrial Medicine 3
Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression 3
Essentials of Biotechniques I II 3
Essentials of Biotechniques II 3
Independent Studies in BMB Scientific Research 3
Total Credit Hours30
1

Successful completion of 15 credit hours of required courses and up to 15 credit hours of research work totaling 30 credit hours.

2

Dependent on academic advisement, research credits may be adjusted between 3-6 credits. 

3

Students may complete 6-7 elective credits selected with the academic advisor.

Dependent on elective selection(s), research credits may be adjusted accordingly

4

Dependent on academic advisement, credits may be adjusted between 1-9 credits. 

5

Dependent on academic advisement, credits may be adjusted between 1-4 credits. 

6

Course may be repeated for credit in Fall and Spring.

Industry Track

Required Courses 1
BMB 601Research Journal Club1
BMB 605Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
BMB 614Molecular Genetics3
BMB 641Essentials of Biotechniques I II1
BMB 642Essentials of Biotechniques II3
BMB 680Responsible Conduct of Research1
Electives3
BMB 610Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
BMB 615Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery (Masters)3
Internship
BMB 632 (Internship) 41-9
Capstone
BMB 633Capstone project in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology1-3
Total Credit Hours30

Suggested Plans of Study

Research Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
BMB 605 Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
BMB 610 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
BMB 618 Scientific Communications Journal Review 2
BMB 641 Essentials of Biotechniques I II 1
BMB 630 Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I 2 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
BMB 602 BMB Graduate Research Seminars 1
BMB 612 HUMAN GENETICS Course listed as Pathobiology 3
BMB 615 Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery (Masters) 2
BMB 634 Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II 2 6
 Credit Hours12
Summer
BMB 635 Research In Biochemistry and Molecular Biology III 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 6 1
BMB 605 Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
BMB 614 Molecular Genetics 3
BMB 641 Essentials of Biotechniques I II 1
 Credit Hours9
Spring
BMB 601 Research Journal Club 6 1
BMB 642 Essentials of Biotechniques II 3
BMB 633 Capstone project in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 5 4
BMB 615 Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery (Masters) 3
 Credit Hours11
Summer
BMB 632 Internship 4 6
BMB 633 Capstone project in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 5 4
 Credit Hours10
 Total Credit Hours30