Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics (M.S.)

Our understanding of biological function has advanced due to a synthesis of molecular genetics, biochemistry, and insights gained from molecular structural information. Taking a quantitative, physical approach leads to innovation.

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The Master of Science in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics program complements more traditional graduate programs in biology, chemistry, and physics by offering an integrated, molecular-based approach to understanding biological problems, taking insights from all three disciplines.

The program focusses on biophysical approaches to determine the structure of macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies. Faculty advisers are chosen from any participating department, regardless of affiliation to a particular discipline. A particular strength of the participating faculty is structural studies.

Enrolling in the M.S. in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics program allows students access to the state-of-the-art X-ray facilities at the nearby Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, one of the most intense X-ray sources in the world.

Program Overview

The program focuses on biophysical approaches to determine the structure of macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies. Enrollment allows access to the X-ray facilities at the nearby Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, one of the world's most intense X-ray sources.

Career Opportunities

An advanced degree opens more career opportunities to higher-paying jobs. Careers associated with molecular biochemistry and biophysics include:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Health care scientist, clinical biochemistry
  • Biotechnician
  • Cytologist

Cumulative undergraduate GPA minimum: 3.0/4.0

TOEFL minimum: 80

GRE minimum scores:
299 (quantitative and verbal), 2.5 (analytical writing)

Meeting the minimum GRE and GPA standards does not guarantee admission into the program. Other factors that will be considered prior admission are letters of recommendation and a personal statement.