M.Sc. On Campus


Virginia Commonwealth University

24 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Biochemistry program at Virginia Commonwealth University is a research-oriented program comprised of graduate coursework and supervised research leading to a master's thesis.


About the Program

The Biochemistry program at Virginia Commonwealth University which students may complete on a part-time or full-time basis, involves approximately two years of coursework and a research project performed under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Upon entering the program, students progress through the following timeline:

  • Consult with faculty and the program director and choose an advisor
  • Select a graduate advisory committee, who will assist in course and thesis planning
  • Choose a thesis project by the end of the first semester
  • Begin conducting supervised research in the advisor’s laboratory
  • Upon completion of the research project, write and submit a thesis
  • Pass a final exam in the form of an oral thesis defense, conducted by the graduate advisory committee

Become biochemistry researchers

This program is designed to provide students with the skills required to advance to positions as bioscience researchers and trainers across a broad spectrum of positions. This provides a framework for the progressive development of a mastery of the current state of the subject matter of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, an ability to synthesize this information and apply this foundation to the identification of key areas of investigation and experimentation in bioscience.

The program relates the above framework to the development of the ability to design, implement and interpret experimental approaches that address the questions identified. Students will also develop skills in the various means of communicating both the core of bioscience knowledge and the expression of experimental design, results and interpretation to a variety of potential audiences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Biochemistry Seminar
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Cellular Signalling
  • Scientific Integrity/Responsible Scientific Discovery/Responsible Conduct of Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications accepted through June; priority given to early applications


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The applicant must provide a personal statement discussing reasons for pursuing graduate study
  • All applicants must present grades (marks) that reflect superior ability and serious effort
  • All non-native English-speaking applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency
  • Individual departments or schools may have special requirements such as the Graduate Record Examination or Graduate Management Admission Test
  • Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation as a required part of the admission process
  • Proof of adequate funds to live and study full time at VCU by submitting an I-20 DS Request Form accompanied by an original bank verification letter
  • A $70 state-required application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
Living costs

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


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