University of Nebraska Medical Center

MS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Gain a mastery of biochemistry and molecular biology beyond the baccalaureate level in preparation for careers in health sciences, industry, education or research.


Why Study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology?

The Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program provides an opportunity for individuals desiring careers in health sciences, industry, education or research to prepare themselves for either professional studies or positions demanding mastery of science beyond the baccalaureate level. This would include students whose long-term goal is acquisition of a PhD but who need additional course work and experience to be successful in that goal, students wishing to attend professional school, students planning a career in industry and/or students desiring to teach at the level of community college.

Why Study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UNMC?

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Master’s program at UNMC shares its introductory courses with the PhD program, and in addition provides specialized training in understanding and critiquing seminars and in laboratory techniques. Students meet with the program directors and their classmates weekly in the Seminar with Discussion Course, providing a sense of cohesion and camaraderie.

Program Snapshot

Course Load
Full-time or part-time
One to two years
Start Date
Spring, Summer, Fall

Program Highlights

The MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers both thesis and non-thesis tracks.

Thesis Track

  • Part-time graduate assistantships are available for some thesis track students

Non-Thesis Track

  • The non-thesis track can be completed in 12 months by motivated students.
  • Electives allow non-thesis students to tailor their studies to their interests.
  • The non-thesis track includes training in basic and advanced laboratory techniques.

Careers & Outcomes

Recent graduates of this program have gone on to diverse careers and schools. Recent outcomes include:

  • Osteopathic school and medical school
  • Technological Instrument Salesperson
  • PhD programs (both transfer to PhD program and application after completion of MS)
  • Research Technologist (academia)
  • Research Scientist (industry )

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Learn more about the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Medicine.

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Next Steps

Program Contact

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
University of Nebraska Medical Center 
985870 Nebraska Medical Center 
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-5870 

Telephone: 402-559-1961
E-mail: Terry Qualls (tqualls@unmc.edu)