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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 research-based training that culminates in an original research-based thesis under the guidance of a faculty mentor. ScM students are admitted initially into the MHS program described above, and transfer to the ScM program. After the second term of the MHS year, interested students are asked to complete a short, intra-departmental application; qualified students are offered conditional acceptance by the ScM admissions committee, based upon the student's academic performance in the first two terms and a recommendation from at least one departmental faculty member. The transfer of conditionally accepted students into the ScM program is contingent upon the student identifying a research mentor. ScM students conduct independent, original research during their second year, which continues until the satisfactory completion of the ScM thesis. Typically, ScM students present their findings at a departmental retreat and/or national meetings and publish their results in peer-reviewed journals. ScM graduates continue their training in healthcare or advanced graduate research study, or take jobs positions in industry or elsewhere.


Learn how to apply to the BMB ScM program.