Program Requirements

Course Curriculum

The master’s degree in biochemistry requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework, including 12 credit hours of research. The graduate school requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of B in every required course.

Required Courses

Two of the following courses:

Laboratory Rotations

Work with up to three faculty members in our four- to five-week laboratory rotations. Our rotations give you the flexibility to work in multiple faculty laboratories before committing to a research project with one mentor.

Rotating with potential mentors will help you find a faculty member whose research interests align with yours.

You can expect to discuss research with faculty at our annual Biochemistry Poster Session for incoming students, held in late August or early September. This opportunity will allow you to decide which faculty members to approach about arranging your rotations.

During each rotation, you will spend 15 to 20 hours per week conducting research in your potential mentor’s laboratory.

If you choose the faculty member from your first rotation as your mentor, you’ll continue the collaboration for the remainder of the program. You can complete up to two more rotations if you’d like additional opportunities to collaborate with other faculty members.


One upper level elective in basic science (including computer science) or mathematics/statistics course.

Application to Candidacy

  1. Download and complete your Application to Candidacy Form; you must do this during the semester in which you fulfill your credit requirements.
  2. Print a copy of the completed form.
  3. Take it to your mentor to obtain a signature.
  4. Have the form reviewed by a member of the Graduate Affairs Committee.

Master of Arts Project

Your Project Master’s Committee includes:

  • your mentor
  • faculty member on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
  • the member of the Graduate Affairs Committee who reviewed and signed your Application to Candidacy Form

Your committee will read and approve the project summary. No formal presentation of your project summary is required.