Biochemistry

A student holding a petri dish
Master of Science

About the Program

If you’re interested in building a career in the life sciences, look no further than a Master of Science in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University. As a top research university in the U.S., our institution has a rich history of training scientists and physicians. Here, you’ll be immersed in a welcoming, intellectual environment where our faculty, staff and students explore the foundations of the biochemical mechanisms that drive life, death and disease at the molecular, cellular and organismal level. Plus, our program only has two required courses, so you can build a curriculum that fits your post-graduation plans. From cancer biology to RNA biosynthesis, you’ll explore paradigm-shifting biochemistry questions—preparing you for further study or a career in academia, government, health care or industry.

What to Expect

Our 36-credit-hour curriculum is flexible—with full- and part-time study available—and allows you to choose electives based on your interests. You’ll work toward your degree with courses in biochemistry and other subjects, seminars, original research and a comprehensive exam.

What’s more, we have a new track in Experimental Biotechnology which prepares you for employment opportunities as a researcher in academia or the biotechnology industry. This sequence of lecture and laboratory courses covers lab skills and techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology that are important in the growing biotech field.

In the lab, all of the undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs inspired me not only with their intelligence, but also with their integrity, persistence, hard work, dedication and strong passion for scientific discovery. These are great qualities I have tried to learn, practice and bring with me wherever I go.

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Beyond the Classroom

You’ll have opportunities to participate in original research, teaming up with faculty mentors who are dedicated to your development and success. With more than 200 faculty mentors available at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and our affiliated hospitals, you’ll be certain to find a research mentor in an area that interests you. This chance to work closely with our faculty is excellent preparation if you’re looking to pursue a doctorate; strong students may even be permitted to transfer to our PhD program.


By the Numbers

36

credit hours

10-15

students each year

#1

medical school in Ohio, U.S. News and World Report

#24

medical school in the U.S., U.S. News and World Report

100%

placement into PhD programs for MS graduates seeking doctoral programs

Admission Requirements

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.

When reviewing your profile for admission consideration, we require the following:

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