MS in Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry offers a 15-21 month Master of Science (MS) degree. The program combines classroom and research experiences to prepare students for employment or further study.

Our graduates follow a number of career paths:

  • Entry into 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.

Read testimonials from our former MS students.

Our exceptional 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 2022 rankings.

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.

We participate in CWRU's Graduate Student North Star Program, which invites students from our partnering Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to join us. The application deadline is June 1.  Please visit the North Star web site for details.



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

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

We review applications holistically and do not make decisions solely based on GPA and standardized test scores.

Students are admitted for both the fall and spring semesters.  

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 for international applicants and Dec. 1 for domestic applicants

Application fee waivers are not usually provided to our MS students.

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Address inquiries to:

Graduate Coordinator