M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Non-Thesis)


Students in the M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program can pursue a non-thesis M.S. (or a thesis-based M.S.). Students in the thesis-based M.S. program take fewer courses, and also perform thesis research in a preceptor's laboratory. Students who are in the non-thesis M.S. program submit a professional paper based on laboratory rotations or literature research and a final exam in lieu of a traditional research thesis. The time required to complete the M.S. degree ranges from 2.5 to 3.5 years.


Fall Semester

611Biochemical Molecular Methods4
613Biochemistry Lab (Rotation)2-4
641Eukaryotic Genetics4
645Biochemistry I4
668Molecular Biology4

Spring Semester

680Biomolecular Interactions2
660Molecular Endocrinology2
612Advanced Laboratory Techniques2
675Biochemistry of Cancer2
630Laboratory Ethics1
606Biochemistry Seminar1
613Biochemistry Lab (Rotation)2-4
647Biochemistry II4
661/PHTX 661Molecular Toxicology3

How to Apply

Procedure for Application

To be considered for admission into the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate program, we will need the following completed documents:

  1. Completed application form (application fee applies)
  2. A copy of your official transcripts
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Your official GRE scores

These completed documents should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Requirements for the MS Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  1. MS students entering the program should have received a grade of “B” or better in 2 semesters of organic chemistry
  2. Course requirements for students interested primarily in a course work MS include BIOC 645 and 647, and 22 credit hours of electives, 8 hours of which must be in BIOC courses.
  3. For students interested in a laboratory based MS with a non-thesis option, course requirements include BIOC 645 and 647 (or their equivalent), BIOC 611, and the remaining hours (up to 18 credit hours) as BIOC 613 Biochemistry Laboratory (rotations)
  4. One semester of BIOC 606 (1 credit - seminar) is required
  5. Students are required to attend seminars and research conferences
  6. Students are expected to maintain a 3.0 average in their course work.  Students who do not will be subject to dismissal from the program
  7. A professional paper based on laboratory rotations or literature research and a final exam will be accepted in lieu of a traditional research thesis
  8. All students will receive mandatory training in ethics as mandated by the NIH and the University of Louisville


Dr. Jaydev Dholakia

Department of Biochemistry
University of Louisville
School of Medicine
Louisville, KY 40292 
(502) 852-7842
Email Jaydev Dholakia

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