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Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology


Program Overview

Award-winning faculty. Sophisticated technology and facilities. Trailblazing research. It’s everything you need to accelerate your BCMB expertise. Our biochemistry, cell and molecular biology (BCMB) master’s degree program is led by faculty mentors with deep expertise. Research labs in a state-of-the-art $95 million Biosciences Building offer the latest technology innovations. Gain next-level research skills with this dynamic program.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 2 years
Credit Hours: 30

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Join a dynamic and fast-growing scientific community researching today’s most important human conditions. Participate in an individually-tailored program that emphasizes professional skills and career development.

The BCMB master’s program is research-intensive, so you’ll get exceptional hands-on expertise. Conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor working together to complete a thesis. Cover the essentials with core courses that develop your specialized knowledge in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology. Enhance your area of interest and personalize your education with elective courses.

Successful completion of the MS requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor's degree. Your individual program of study will be developed in consultation with the faculty mentor and approved by his or her thesis committee.

You’ll also have full use of our cutting-edge research facilities. The BCMB research labs are primarily located in CMU's state-of-the-art $95 million Biosciences Building, which opened in 2016. The high-tech facility is a 169,000-square-foot building, with spacious open-concept research labs, core facilities and specialty labs. These include imaging, flow cytometry, insectary, herbarium, biosafety level-3 (BSL-3), and radioisotope labs.

It’s everything you need — expert faculty mentors, state-of-the-art labs, intensive research — to accelerate your BCMB career path.

Program Highlights

As a graduate student in the BCMB master’s degree program, you’ll:

  • Be mentored by award-winning faculty with deep expertise in research and teaching, who are committed to student success.
  • Gain access to the technology you need in the Biosciences Building, as well as CMU's other research facilities at the nearby Dow Science Complex and College of Medicine Building.
  • Join a program with a relatively small size, ensuring that you receive frequent and significant one-on-one interactions with faculty mentors.

Careers & Outcomes

Students graduating with a master’s typically go into careers in industry or other fields that draw on the knowledge and skills acquired during their graduate work.

Career Projected Salary
Medical Science Liaison $105,588
Computational Chemist $91,254
Computational Biologist $78,315
Research Scientist $74,342
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