Current Students

Required (Core) Coursework: Masters Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  Fall Winter Summer Credit Total
Year 1 BMB 7010 General Biochemistry -  4
BMB 7030 Core Concepts & Technologies in BMB - 4
BMB 7890 Journal Club - 0a
Option 1:
BMB 7320 Protein Structure & Function - 3
BMB 7330 Advanced Molecular Biology - 2
OR BMB 7360 Advanced Structural Biology - 2
BMB 7890 BMB Journal Club -1a
BMB 7996 Research - 2b

Year 1 Winter Option 2 - Required for scholarship
BMB 7996 Research 7-8c
BMB 7890 BMB Journal Club 0-1a
Year 1 Summer
BMB 7996 Research 2d
Year 2 BMB 7890 BMB Journal Club 0-1a
BMB 7996 Research 3-4
BMB 8999 Master's Thesis Research 4
Year 2 Winter
BMB 7890 BMB Journal Club 0-1a
BMB 7996 Research 3-4
BMB 8999 Master's Thesis Research 4
n/a 15

Substitutions for required courses may be allowed with the approval of the Graduate Committee and the Adviser. Students may elect to go part-time or to take a semester off with adviser approval. International students may take more credits of BMB7996 or other classes if needed to satisfy VISA requirements with adviser approval.

  1. Course runs all year but registration for 1 credit is only either Fall or Winter. Requires year-long attendance at Monday noon presentations and Tues 1pm seminars.
  2. Requires ~ one half day per week minimum doing research in the lab, adviser approval required for registration.
  3. Option 2 research path assumes full time research in an approved lab, for students who are ready to pursue this and have adequate course background. For this option, a research plan, adviser and committee approval are needed for registration and for the scholarship. A student can blend the two options by taking a subset of courses and fewer hours of research with adviser approval, but this option disallows the scholarship.
  4. Full time research is required (30-40 hours per week); reduced credits reflect cost savings to student.
  5. Full time research is required (30-40 hours per week); thesis writing should be underway by Winter Year 2. Work can continue into summer without the need to register for more credits unless there are VISA requirements.


Courses between the 5000-6999 levels cannot be used towards a master's degree unless they have been approved by the Departmental Graduate Committee.

No courses below the 5000 level can be used towards a graduate degree.

Students enrolled in a master's degree program are required to file a Plan of Work by the end of the first Fall semester (option 2 students) or end of first Winter semester (option 2 students). Students who fail to submit a Plan of Work may be required to take additional coursework. Following this, the applicant should petition his/her research advisor to advance to the rank of 'candidate'. Other forms are required and posted on this BB site.

Master's candidates with less than 16 hours of course credits in BMB may transfer to the PhD program with the approval of the Graduate Committee. Such candidates must then take and pass the PhD written qualifying exam. Master's candidates with more than 16 hours must complete the Master's degree and reapply to the Ph.D. program if they wish.

All coursework must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College. A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program, 3.5 is required to maintain the scholarship. Students should strive to be 1st or 2nd author on one peer reviewed publication to validate the quality of their research and to compete effectively in their post-graduate careers.

Research Requirements

The successful completion of an original research project is an essential part of the M.S. program and requires a full-time commitment in the summer following Year 1 formal coursework and in Year 2. The applicant for this degree should therefore select an advisor and project as early as possible in the second semester of the program. Option 2 students need this and a Research Plan form before registering for Winter semester. "Plan of Work" and "Petition for Candidacy Degree" forms should be filed by the end of the second semester with the Office of Graduate Studies. Master's students will hear oral presentations by Faculty who are accepting Master's students in the early portion of BMB 7890. They should select an adviser and committee to initiate research in BMB7996 Winter and Summer of Year 1, during which time they define their thesis projects.

Advisory Committee

This committee is selected at the end of the Year 1 Fall (Option 2) or Winter (Option 1), and is composed of the Advisor to the candidate and two other members of the Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology faculty.

The Master's Thesis

This thesis is written under the supervision of the Advisor. Five copies, prepared in accordance with the Office of Graduate Studies requirements, must be submitted to the advisor by the official deadline date. Normally, this should be completed by the end of the second year.

The Final Oral Examination

This exam covers the research, thesis, and major course work. The student's advisor chairs the examination but does not vote.

Consult the "Wayne State University Bulletin" for further details regarding graduation and commencement requirements.

Forms for Current M.S. Students:

Graduate student organization executive board for the 2019-2020 academic year: 

President: Kendall Muzzarelli

Vice President: Nathan Kelley

Seminar Committee: Madison Peterson (IM) and Cameron Roberts (BMB)

Graduate Student Representatives:

  • I/M PhD: Michael Pawlitz
  • BMB PhD: Cameron Roberts
  • I/M M.S: Taylor Vensko
  • BMB M.S.: Kaitlyn Gordon

Social Committee: Raniya Abdel Haq and Taylor Vensko