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


Students in the M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program can pursue a thesis-based M.S. (or a non-thesis 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 work will consist of BIOC 611, 645, and 647.  In addition, the MS student must take six hours of classroom instruction of which at least four be in BIOC courses; and obtain 30 total credits which may include hours in seminar (BIOC 606), Biochemistry lab (BIOC 613), or Research (BIOC 619)
  3. One semester of BIOC 606 (1 credit - seminar) is required during the second year
  4. Students are required to attend seminars and research conferences
  5. 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
  6. Students must present a 1-2 page research proposal for their thesis committee and orally defend that proposal
  7. All students will receive mandatory training in ethics as mandated by the NIH and the University of Louisville


An MS research thesis is required for the thesis option.  Students, with the consent of their committee, may choose between a traditional research thesis format or a thesis in which the methods and results sections are replaced by manuscripts ready for submission for publication in a refereed journal.  In either case, the thesis must conform to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies' Standards for Preparation of Theses and Dissertations.  The Thesis Committee will consist of the preceptor, two other faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (at least two of the Committee members must be primary faculty in the Department), and one member outside of the Department, and must be approved by the Graduate Executive Committee.


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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