M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


The goal of the MS program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is to train students in the basic science and methodology of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, to allow them to apply this knowledge in jobs as research assistants in academy or the biotechnology industry, or as teachers in primary or secondary education. Students graduating with an MS degree often obtain additional education in PhD and MD programs. 

Financial Support

Although M.S. students are not provided a stipend or tuition remission, all research supplies and equipment required for their research projects are provided at no cost to the student. Tuition for academic year (2016-2017) is $1,043/credit hour, and M.S. students are required to take a minimum of 24 credits over the two year course of study.  
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Graduate classes are small, and there is a strong emphasis on the current scientific literature. The program holds a weekly Journal Club where students present seminars on recent important research articles of their choice. A dynamic seminar series brings twenty or more nationally recognized molecular biologists to the Medical Center each year to present their research and meet with graduate students.


The MS Curriculum consists of a first semester core of three courses (Molecular Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Methods in Biomedical Sciences), courses from the basic science departments of the Medical School, and courses taught by the Program faculty. In addition to these classes, all students must enroll in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Journal Club and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar every semester until graduation. Students conduct independent, original research projects after identifying an advisor and joining a lab. This occurs after the second semester for PhD students and after the first semester for MS students.

Typical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology MS Student Schedule

Year 1 - Fall



Molecular Biochemistry

Molecular Biology


Cell Biology


Thesis Proposal

Methods in Biological Sciences

Elective #1


Ethics in Biomedical Sciences




Join Advisors Lab


Year 2






A personal interview is required for admission. For international applicants an interview by telephone must be arranged.

Graduate Placement Information

  • 56% Employment (Industry/Academia)
  • 22% PhD Program
  • 11% Medical School
  • 11% Law School

Contact Us

To request more information which will answer questions you may have about the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program admission and application process, please complete our online request form:  http://www.luc.edu/gpem/rfi/index.shtml