M.Sc. On Campus

Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering

24 months
33648 USD/year
33648 USD/year
15600 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering (MBBE) at University of Hawaii at Manoa was established in 1999 as result of a reorganization of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR).


After the MBBE department was established, the PMP Graduate Program was reorganized, expanded and renamed as the Graduate Program in MBBE in 2000. The program’s scope was widened to include molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell biology, biotechnology, and engineering aspects of plant science, tropical agriculture, aquaculture, environmental bioremediation, bioprocessing, and biomedical sciences.

With this programmatic expansion, faculty and scientists from other UHM departments and scientific institutes in Hawaii were welcomed into the Program as co-operating and affiliate graduate faculty. The number of students also increased. Guidelines and requirements were developed to maintain high academic standards.

These guidelines are reviewed regularly to ensure relevance and contemporariness of the various curricula and fields of study. Currently, many MBBE graduate students are supervised by faculty from John A. Burns School of Medicine, Cancer Research Center, Pacific Biomedical Research Center, Queens Medical Center, Hawaii Agricultural Research Center, Sea Grant College Program, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, College of Engineering and several departments including Microbiology, Zoology, Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, and Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences.

Thus, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering became an interdisciplinary graduate program centered around the molecular biosciences but including tropical agriculture, biological and biomedical sciences, and engineering.

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Committed to being the leading indigenous serving university in the country, University of Hawaii at Manoa proudly delivers a unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning, with a long history of adherence to the principles of sustainability and the essence of aloha—truly like nowhere else on earth.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Biotechnology: Science and Ethical Issues
  • Essential Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Principles of Biochemistry
  • Principles of Biochemistry Lab
  • Marine Functional Ecology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Cell Biology II
  • Environmental Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology for Teachers
  • Integrative Genomics and Biotechnology
  • Integrative Genomics and Biotechnology Lab
  • Bioinformatics for Biologists

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Hold or expect to hold prior to matriculation a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education.
  • Submit a copy of the passport identification pages, or a copy of the national identification card if a passport is not available.
  • Submit one transcript or academic record from each institution of higher education attended, including any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take English Language Proficiency.
  • Show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses, including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16824 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    33648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16824 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    15600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7800 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Honolulu

1640 - 2500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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