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Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

Program Overview

In this interdisciplinary program, which spans biology, biochemistry and biomedicine, you'll have opportunities to pursue basic or translational research in areas from cancer, infectious disease and neuroscience to immunology, cell signaling and developmental biology. You'll use a wide array of techniques to explore a spectrum of important biological questions through innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches.

Program Snapshot

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

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

As a biochemistry, cell and molecular biology student, you'll build on foundational science coursework through an individually-tailored program that emphasizes research skills and career development. You'll work closely with faculty committed to excellence in their teaching and their research and recognized as leaders on campus and in their fields.

Our master’s program is research-intensive, giving you exceptional hands-on expertise as you work to complete original research and a master’s thesis.

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 your faculty advisor and thesis committee.

You'll have access to CMU’s array of research facilities. These include open-concept research labs, core facilities and specialty labs, such as a microscopy facility, and flow cytometry, insectary and radioisotope labs.

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

Program Highlights

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

  • Be mentored by award-winning faculty with 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 that is small and select, ensuring that you receive 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
Technical Writer $79,960
Clinical Laboratory Technician $57,800
Medical and Health Services Manager $104,830
Technical sales representative $103,710
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