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Biochemistry (Concentration in Molecular Biology and Genetics), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration

About

This program is an intensive course of study, approximately two years in length, leading to the M.S. degree. It is designed primarily to prepare students for technical careers in biotechnology in academic or industrial settings, or as preparation for further graduate study. The M.S. degree in MBG requires a total of 48 credit hours, with a minimum of 24 semester credit hours in graduate level courses, exclusive of research credits. The curriculum includes core and specialization courses, including two 10-week laboratory rotations intended to assist students in the selection of a faculty mentor. The program of study must include three semesters of directed research under the guidance of the faculty mentor, and culminates in the presentation and defense of a master’s thesis.

The interdisciplinary approach to the solution of biological problems provided by this training is designed to develop in students the flexibility and problem-solving skills necessary for success in a variety of scientific career opportunities or further graduate study.

  • The curriculum includes core, specialization and elective courses. Electives drawn from various departments allow individual specialization.
  • The structure of the program provides a framework for the progressive development of a mastery of the current state of the subject matter of bioscience, an ability to synthesize this information and apply this foundation to the identification of key areas of investigation and experimentation. The program relates this framework to the development of the ability to design, implement and interpret experimental approaches which address the questions identified.
  • In addition, the program will 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.
  • The final three semesters include a research project conducted under the guidance of a selected faculty mentor and culminates in the presentation and defense of a master’s thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Techniques in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Topics in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Scientific Integrity
  • Responsible Scientific Conduct
  • Directed Research in Biochemistry
  • Directed Research in Microbiology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • Application to graduate study, including the application for Virginia in-state tuition.
  • Personal statement submitted with the online application.
  • $70 application fee.
  • T​​hree reference letters submitted through the online application.
  • Transcripts from each institution you attended are required. 
  • Official test scores, if required by your program.
  • Your resume, if requested by the department to which you are applying.
  • Applications for the program should be submitted to Molecular Biology and Genetics – M.S. selected from the drop-down menu of programs of the VCU online graduate application form. The degree awarded will be a Master of Science in Biochemistry.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27971 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27971 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    14497 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14497 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Tuition and fees are charged at a flat rate. A graduate student enrolled in more than 15 credits during any semester will be charged an overload tuition fee.

Living costs for Richmond

  • 1071 - 1750 USD/month
    Living Costs

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