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ScM in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

ScM in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Master of Science (ScM) is a two-year program that is perfect for students who wish to obtain a blend of coursework with rigorous training in laboratory research. The ScM combines the coursework of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Master of Health Science (MHS) degree with an additional year of lab research training that culminates in an original research-based thesis under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

During the ScM, students will learn some of the newest techniques for cell, molecular, and biochemistry research. Typically, ScM graduates continue their training in healthcare or advanced graduate research study or obtain positions in industry or government.

Admission requirements

Prior Work Experience

Lab research experience is required, gained either through separate employment or bachelor degree work.

Prior Coursework

Strong background in the sciences, particularly in chemistry, biochemistry, or biology

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores (GRE, MCAT) are optional for this program. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but will require evidence of quantitative/analytical ability through other application components such as academic transcripts and/or supplemental questions. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.

English Language Proficiency Test

Most international applicants must submit scores of an English language proficiency test. Unless an applicant meets one of the exemption criteria listed below, official English language proficiency test scores less than 2 years old will be required as part of the application. To fulfill this requirement, the Bloomberg School will accept scores from the following tests. Please contact Admissions Services if you have questions about acceptable test scores. We do not accept the TOEFL Essentials or TOEFL IPT.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the school website.

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the school website for more information


Tuition fee: $60,960 / year


Learning Outcomes

Key educational objectives for ScM students include:

  • Develop knowledge through coursework focused around biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, reproductive biology, and the biology of disease and public health
  • Develop skills for the critical evaluation of scientific literature
  • Develop literature-based analytical and research skills
  • Develop the ability to communicate scientific information orally and in writing. Additional educational objectives for ScM students include development of laboratory and analytical skills required to effectively conduct laboratory research

Career paths

  • Clinical Researcher
  • Physician Scientist
  • Biology Professor
  • Lab Tech
  • Research Scientist
  • Industry Biotechnologist
  • Science Policy Analyst/Advocate
  • Science Writer/Journalist
  • Research Consultant

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Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH), the number one ranked school of public health in the world, is dedicated to the improvement of health for all people and the education of a diverse global community of research...

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Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

615 N. Wolfe Street
21205 Baltimore MD

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