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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

BMB Master of Science (ScM)

The Master of Science (ScM) degree is a two-year program consisting of the same course requirements of the MHS degree with an additional year of lab research training that culminates in an original research-based thesis under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

ScM students are initially admitted into the MHS program, and transfer to the ScM program. Admission to the ScM is based upon the student's academic performance and on the student’s ability to secure a lab placement. Lab placements are limited and previous bench research is preferred. MHS students interested in the ScM are strongly encouraged to enroll in the MHS Student Research course during their MHS year (Course number = 120.821.01).

ScM students conduct independent, original research during their second year, which continues until the satisfactory completion of the ScM thesis. ScM students are also required to present their findings at a departmental retreat and/or national meetings. ScM students also have the opportunity to publish their results in peer-reviewed journals. Typically, ScM graduates continue their training in healthcare or advanced graduate research study, or obtain positions in industry.


Learn how to apply to the BMB ScM program.