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Graduate Studies in Biochemistry

M.S. Program

The Biochemistry Department offers a two-year M.S. degree. Students completing the Biochemistry M.S. degree with research experience are well-suited for positions in academic, government, hospital, and industrial laboratories. Students with the Biochemistry M.S. degree also obtain positions in fields not directly involved with research, such as teaching and various administrative positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Starting in their first semester, M.Sc. students have the attractive opportunity to carry out research in any of the ~200 labs of the School of Medicine (SOM); the SOM at Case is ranked #1 in Ohio and #24 in the US (US News & World 2019 ranking). This includes many top research labs here at Case, but also at the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and the Veteran Affairs Hospital, all within a 20 min walk from the SOM (the students can choose a research lab from any of the ~200 top-notch labs in the SOM or hospitals; see here for a lab listing ). M.S. students also have the appealing possibility of transferring into the Ph.D. program, a path a number of our strong M.Sc. students have taken.

M.S. students can be admitted in either the fall or spring. The priority deadline for fall semester is March 1; applications will be considered until June 1. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting December 1. For spring semester, applications will be considered until November 1. The M.S. program is independent of the Ph.D. program and students are evaluated by different committees.

Prospective students should submit a completed M.S. application online, along with three letters of recommendation, official undergraduate transcript(s), GRE scores, and, when applicable, official TOEFL scores.

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Address inquiries to:

  • Graduate Coordinator
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • 10900 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44106-4935
  • (216) 368 3334

For information about graduate tuition and fees, click here.
For important dates in the academic calendar, click here.

Beginning in the fall of 2018, Biochemistry M.S. students will have available to them new lecture and laboratory courses covering techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology and skills that are important in biotechnology. These courses will provide students with hands-on experience at the bench in recombinant protein production, mammalian cell culture, molecular and cell biology, and mass spectrometry. These courses will also cover experimental design and documentation of experiments, and professional skills and knowledge:

Bioc 500 (1 credit, laboratory course, available Fall semesters)
"Biotechnology Laboratory: Molecular Biology Basics"
Link to BIOC 500 proposed syllabus

Bioc 501 (3 credits, lecture course, available Fall semesters)
"Biochemical and Cellular Techniques for Biotechnology"
Link to BIOC 501 proposed syllabus

Bioc 511 (1 credit, lecture course, available Fall semesters)
"Practice and Professionalism in Biotechnology"
Link to BIOC 511 proposed syllabus

Bioc 502A, 502B, 502C (5 credits total, laboratory course, available Spring semesters)
(Bioc 500 and 501 are prerequisites)
"Biotechnology Laboratory: Biochemical and Cellular Techniques for Biotechnology"
Link to BIOC 502 proposed syllabus


Graduate Advisor
Martin Snider


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