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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 mentors in our four-to-five week long laboratory rotations. Our rotations give you the flexibility to work with a mentor before committing to the complete program with them. 

Rotations with potential mentors ensure the collaboration complements your research interests and career path.

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 rotations you will spend 15 - 20 hours each week working under your mentor’s guidance. Throughout your time with them you will conduct research and, at the end, submit a project summary. 

If you and your mentor find each other a good fit you’ll collaborate with them for the rest of the program. If the collaboration is mismatched, students can complete two more rotations to find their optimal mentor. 


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 within 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.