The M.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology normally leads to positions at the advanced technical level in academic research, industry, or government. It may lead to teaching positions at the secondary or junior college level.

The application process is an online process. Application to this graduate program is facilitated through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS). Detailed instructions on how to apply and the application deadlines are posted on the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences website http://www.kumc.edu/igpbs/how-to-apply.html.

Admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution documented by submission of official transcript indicating the degree has been conferred before entering the program. Official transcripts from institutions attended post-baccalaureate are also required.
    Students with degrees from outside the U.S. may be subject to transcript evaluation indicating the degree is equivalent to a U.S. degree and meets the minimum cumulative GPA requirements.
  • A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants who are not native speakers of English, whether domestic or international, must demonstrate they meet the Minimum English Proficiency Requirement.
  • A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.
  • An official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score sent from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to University of Kansas Medical Center - ETS institutional code 6895.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Prerequisite coursework:
    • One year of general chemistry
    • One year of organic chemistry or one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of biochemistry
    • One year of biological sciences
    • One semester of calculus
    • One semester of physics
  • Research experience (beyond labs associated with lecture courses) is strongly suggested.
  • Interview - the most qualified applicants will receive an invitation for an interview.

Applicants will be assessed based on a combination of GPA, research experience, interview and GRE scores. Students not meeting the above requirements may be eligible for provisional admission.  After an applicant has been admitted, a program may defer an applicant's admission for one year after which time the applicant must submit a new application.

Admission requirements are subject to change. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program. Other years’ catalogs».

Degree requirements:

  • Degree requirements are normally completed within 3 years of admission to the program although a maximum of 7 years is allowed.
  • Cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 for all KU graduate coursework.
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • Successful completion of either a thesis defense or general examination the semester the student will graduate.  The option will be decided by the student’s advisor and must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee.

If the thesis option is chosen, then enrollment in a minimum of one (1) credit hour of BCHM 899 Master's Thesis is required and successful thesis submission and publication (according to Office of Graduate Studies policy.)

If the general examination option is chosen, then enrollment in a minimum of one (1) credit hour the semester the student will graduate is required.

  • Successful completion of the following Biochemistry and Molecular Biology courses:
    BCHM 862Biochemical Research-Literature Seminar1
    BCHM 890Research in Biochemistry1-6
    BCHM 899Master's Thesis (if thesis option chosen)1-6
  • As determined in consultation with the student's advisor, students who have not previously mastered undergraduate biochemistry will strengthen any areas of weakness by taking BCHM 850 Topics in Biochemistry.
  • Successful completion of elective coursework as determined in consultation with the student's advisor.

Degree requirements and course descriptions are subject to change. Any courses taken as an equivalent must be approved by the Graduate Director and the Office of Graduate Studies. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program.  Other years’ catalogs».

 

Typical Plan of Study

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
GSMC 8502GSMC 8532GSMC 8591-4
GSMC 8512GSMC 8542May take an elective course from the student's chosen degree program in consultation with the student's advisor.1-3
GSMC 8522GSMC 8552 
GSMC 8561GSMC 8591-4 
GSMC 8571  
GSMC 8581  
GSMC 8591-4  
 10-13 7-10 2-7
Total Hours: 19-30
 
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
BCHM 850 (if required by advisor)1-3BCHM 8621BCHM 8901-3
BCHM 8621BCHM 8901-6 
BCHM 8901-6  
 3-10 2-7 1-3
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours 
BCHM 8621BCHM 899 or 8901-6 
BCHM 899 or 8901-6  
Thesis defense or general examination may be scheduled as early as this semester if approved by committee to graduate.   
 2-7 1-6 
Total Hours: 9-33

TECHNICAL STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE STUDIES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

The M.S. degree signifies that the holder is prepared for entry into research in industrial or academic laboratory settings. To that end, graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of laboratory settings.

Therefore all students admitted for graduate study in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology must meet the following abilities and expectations.

  1. Observation: The candidate must be able to observe demonstrations and experiences in the basic sciences, including but not limited to biology demonstrations in animals, cultures, and microscopic studies of tissues in normal and pathologic states. A candidate must be able to observe and analyze experimental detail. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation.
  2. Communication: A candidate should be able to communicate, to understand, and to observe lectures and laboratory instruction. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively in order to present and analyze research data. Communication includes not only speech, but also reading and writing. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form with students, staff, and faculty.
  3. Motor: Candidates should have sufficient motor function to carry out lab techniques. A candidate should be physically able to perform laboratory procedures and analyze data. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.
  4. Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of scientists, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the candidate should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.
  5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: A candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the completion of research and teaching responsibilities. Integrity and motivation are personal qualities, which are required for success in science.

Disabled individuals are encouraged to apply. Applicants whose response indicates that they cannot meet the expectations will be reviewed by the Graduate Committee and Technical Support staff of KUMC to assess the extent of the student’s difficulties. At this review, the provisions for reasonable accommodation will be determined.

For further information, contact The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Kansas School of Medicine, MSN 3030, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas 66160 (Phone: (913) 588-7005 Fax: (913) 588-9896 E-mail: lswint-kruse@kumc.edu

STUDENT POLICY ON INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Due to the need to assure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff, the fact that an applicant for admission has an infectious disease or is the carrier of an infectious disease may be a factor in determining eligibility for admission to academic programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In such cases, the determination of eligibility for admission will be made on an individual basis in consultation with the applicant’s physician; the decision will take a number of factors into consideration, including the legal requirements and the current best medical information available to determine whether the applicant could complete the normal course of study with reasonable accommodation and without risk to him/herself or to others. Therefore, applicants having an infectious disease or who are carriers of an infectious disease must advise the Graduate Committee of this fact and may be required to provide medical records for review by the Student Health Physician in order to determine eligibility for admission.

DRUG FREE WORKPLACE POLICY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

It is the policy of the University of Kansas that unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances or alcohol is prohibited in buildings, facilities, or grounds controlled by the University. Any student found to be illegally manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, possessing, or using controlled substances or alcohol at the University or any of its affiliated educational sites, shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with applicable policies as outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook. Students are reminded that illegal manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances may also subject individuals to criminal prosecution.