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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers a research-oriented program comprised of graduate coursework and supervised research leading to a master's thesis.
Our Master of Science program, which students may complete on a part-time or full-time basis, involves approximately two years of coursework and a research project performed under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Upon entering the program, students progress through the following timeline:
M.S. students take courses designed for graduate students with an emphasis on research design and experimentation. Students must amass at least 30 credit hours.
The following graduate courses are required, and constitute the core courses of the curriculum:
Students may supplement the core set of required courses with electives offered by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or other departments. Electives may include, among others:
Become biochemistry researchers
This program is designed to provide students with the skills required to advance to positions as bioscience researchers and trainers across a broad spectrum of positions. This provides a framework for the progressive development of a mastery of the current state of the subject matter of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, an ability to synthesize this information and apply this foundation to the identification of key areas of investigation and experimentation in bioscience.
The program relates the above framework to the development of the ability to design, implement and interpret experimental approaches that address the questions identified. Students will also develop skills in the various means of communicating both the core of bioscience knowledge and the expression of experimental design, results and interpretation to a variety of potential audiences.
Candidates will demonstrate the achievement of an appropriate level of competence in the ability to appraise, modify and/or create and implement experimental protocols and to design and develop experiments. The program will also foster growth and development in the following areas:
Students who plan to eventually work towards a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology should apply directly to our Ph.D. program and forego the M.S. degree. Applicants who are unsure but desire experience in biomedical research before making the decision will be well served by our M.S. program.
Outstanding performance in our M.S. program can help students gain admittance to a doctoral program at VCU or elsewhere.
M.S. students wishing to gain admission to the Ph.D. program should contact the program director, Tomasz Kordula: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application to our M.S. program is available here.
If you have any questions about the program or application requirements, please contact:
Tomasz Kordula, Ph.D.