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Biochemistry M.S. Program

Obtaining a M.S. in Biochemistry

The M.S. in Biochemistry is a one-year program of didactic coursework in biochemistry and an intensive research experience. This program is intended for individuals seeking to increase their skills and research experience for employment opportunities or for application to highly competitive Ph.D. programs. Our faculty members conduct research at the cutting edge of modern biochemistry and molecular biology. Current areas of research include structural biology, protein biochemistry, enzyme reaction mechanisms, molecular genetics, signal transduction, neurobiology, cell and developmental biology, and bioinformatics.

M.S. Requirements

The Master’s in Biochemistry is an intensive one-year program. Students match with faculty research advisors by mutual consent, either before arrival on campus or immediately thereafter. This program encompasses both didactic coursework and intensive research training, culminating in a written thesis dissertation. The coursework for the M.S. degree is similar to the coursework for the Ph.D. program in the Biological Chemistry Department, allowing students who have successfully completed the M.S. degree to apply for direct admission to the departmental Ph.D. program.

Curriculum

Coursework consists of both required and elective components. To maintain academic standing, advance to the second semester of the program, and to be awarded the M.S. degree, a B- or better is required in all coursework.

Required courses

BiolChem 550, Macromolecular Structure and Function (3 credits, Fall)
BiolChem 650, Mechanisms of Eukaryotic Gene Expression (3 credits, Winter)
BiolChem 711, Graduate Seminar (1 credits each, Fall and Winter)
BiolChem 597, Critical Analysis (2 credits, Winter)
PIBS 503 Research Responsibility and Ethics (2 credits, Fall)
BiolChem 600, Independent Study (Master’s thesis research)
(5-6 credits each, Fall & Winter)

Electives

(7 cr minimum) (more are available with consent of Master’s program Director)

BiolChem 528, Biology and Chemistry of Enzymes (2 credits, Winter 1st half)
BiolChem 530, Protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions by NMR (3 credits, Fall)
BiolChem 591, Special Topics in Signal Transduction (2 credits, Fall)
BiolChem 640, Regulatory RNA and Control of Gene Expression (2 credits, Winter)
BiolChem 673, Kinetics and Mechanism (2 credits, Winter 2nd half)
BiolChem 576, Signal Transduction (1 credits, Winter)
HumGen 541, Molecular Genetics (3 credits, Fall)
CDB 530, Cell Biology (3 credits, Fall)
BioInfo 528, Advanced Applications of Bioinformatics (3 credits, Fall)


Typical Curriculum for Students Interested in Mechanistic Biochemistry

Fall Winter

BiolChem 550

BiolChem 597

PIBS 503

BiolChem 650

BiolChem 530

BiolChem 528/673

BiolChem 711

BiolChem 711

BiolChem 600

BiolChem 600


Typical Curriculum for Students Interested in Molecular Biochemistry

Fall Winter

BiolChem 550

BiolChem 597

PIBS 503

BiolChem 650

HG 541 or CDB 530

Cognate elective, TBD with consent of advisor

BiolChem 711

BiolChem 711

BiolChem 600

BiolChem 600


Thesis Requirement

Thesis research will be done in the Fall and Winter terms and culminate in the writing of a Master’s Thesis. The thesis is expected to be a synthesis of scholarly background and discussion of the research project, in addition to an original experimental or theoretical contribution to the field. A committee composed of the research advisor and two additional graduate faculty members will evaluate the thesis. Upon their positive assessment, including any required modifications, the student will be eligible to be awarded the Master’s degree.

ADMISSION AND APPLICATION

Prerequisites

Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (before matriculation into the Master’s program)
GPA of 3.0 (minimum)
GREs are optional.

Financial Aid and Support

Students in the master’s program are expected to self-fund the costs associated with this program, including tuition, fees and health insurance. Information about the cost of attendance is available from the Financial Aid Department.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the Rackham online application. In addition to the online application itself, college transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation are required. GREs are optional. International applicants, whose native language is not English, are required to submit official TOEFL scores directly from ETS. Deadline for application is April 21, 2015, for admission in the Fall semester, but earlier application is advised starting in December or January.