MS Program

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The Department of Biochemistry offers a two-year Master of Science (MS) degree. The program combines classroom and research experiences to prepare students for employment or further study.

This strong program is located in the School of Medicine at CWRU, which is ranked #1 in Ohio and #24 in the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report's 2019 rankings.

Our graduates follow a number of career paths:

  • Further study in PhD programs and professional programs in the health sciences.
  • Employment in academic, government, hospital, and industrial laboratories.
  • Employment in fields not directly involved with research, such as teaching and administrative positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

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The biochemistry MS curriculum is flexible and allows students to choose electives according to their interests. Our MS students can take new experimental and professional biotechnology courses, and can choose courses to complete an Experimental Biotechnology track within our MS program. Please visit the curriculum page for details.

The degree can be completed with either full- or part-time study. Many research assistants in CWRU biomedical science laboratories have earned MS degrees with part-time study.  Please contact us for details.


Entering students should have completed an undergraduate degree in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, or a related science, with a solid background in mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology.

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Prospective students should submit a completed MS application online, along with three letters of recommendation, transcript(s) of undergraduate and graduate work, GRE scores, and official TOEFL scores if they are required.

Students are admitted for both the fall and spring semesters, although entry in the fall is preferred.

For the fall semester, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting Dec. 1. The priority deadline for fall is March 1 and applications are accepted until June 1.  

For spring semester, applications are considered until Nov. 1. The MS program is independent of the PhD program; applicants are evaluated by different committees.

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Address inquiries to:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Biochemistry
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-4935