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

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
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
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
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