Students are not admitted for the master's degree but may be transferred to the MS plan if they are are unable to meet the demands of the PhD program.


Language Requirement

The department does not require foreign language proficiency for the master's degree.


Administration of preliminary examinations varies, depending on the student's entering field. Candidates opting for MS Plan I must pass a master's thesis defense examination at the time they complete their work. MS Plan II does not require a final oral examination.

Course Requirements

There are two methods of obtaining a master's degree from the Department of Biochemistry. Both plans are available only with departmental approval.

Plan I: Thesis

This plan requires 30 credit hours, including 15 credit hours of formal coursework, 15 credit hours in research/seminar courses, the completion of a research investigation and the presentation of a thesis.

Plan II: Research Report

This plan requires 30 credit hours including 21 credit hours of formal coursework plus 9 credit hours of research/seminar and presentation of a research report, but no thesis.