MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Obtaining a M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
NOTE:  Now accepting applications for Fall 2017 until May 15, 2017
The Master’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an in depth 11 month program combining lectures from our nationally recognized faculty with an intensive research experience.  Those who successfully complete the program will have developed a deep and thorough understanding of biochemistry and developed the hands on skills that will translate very well toward employment in both an industrial setting as well as greatly enhance an individual’s academic credentials to pursue further advanced study.  Potential research areas span a wide range of topics including – structural biology, signal transduction, drug development, regulation of gene expression, cancer biology and metabolic disorders.
M.S. Requirements
The Master’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an intensive program designed to be completed in 11 months.  Formal didactic lectures are combined with small group problem solving exercises and student led seminar courses during the Fall and Spring semesters.  Research begins during the Fall as students will avail themselves of short research experiences to identify a suitable mentor for their thesis research project.  Selection of a mentor and research project will be by mutual agreement between the student and mentor.  The research project will begin in the Spring semester and culminate with the writing and defense of a thesis at the end of the Summer semester.  This thesis document will be developed through a combination of hands on laboratory work and intensive literature research.  It is expected that all students will maintain a GPA of 3.0 and will receive a B- or better in all coursework.
Fall course offerings                                                                                                                                                          
     G715  Biochemical Basis of Metabolic Disease (or B500, Intro Biochem)  3 credits
     G716  Molecular Biology (or G865, Fundamental Molecular Biology)  3 credits
     B890  Biochemistry Seminar  1 credit
     B854  Research Rotations in Biochemistry  1 credit
     G505  Ethics  1 credit
     G828  Concepts in Biotechnology  2 credits
  11 credits
Spring course offerings  
     B890 Seminar in Biochemistry  1 credit
     B855 Research in Biochemistry  6 credits
     two of the following courses  4 credits
          G807  Structural and Chemical Biology (2 cr)  
          G817  Cell Biology (2 cr)  
          G848  Bioinformatics (2 cr)  
          G852  Cancer Biology (2 cr)  
     G828 Concepts in Biotechnology (project development)  2 credits
  13 credits
     Summer Research - B855 Research in Biochemistry  6 credits
Total Credit Hours 30 Credits
Thesis Requirement
While the thesis may be combination of experimental or theoretical work, it is expected to be a scholarly document which provides both an in depth description of the student’s work and a detailed discussion of its importance and meaning.  The thesis will be evaluated by graduate committee composed of the student’s mentor and two other faculty members from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program.  The thesis must be written to the satisfaction of the graduate committee for successful completion of the Master’s degree.
Typically, a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, or physics that includes calculus and organic chemistry is required for admission.
Financial Aid and Support
No financial support from the department is available for students in the Master’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program. However, students may be eligible for financial aid and should contact the Office of Student Financial Services for more information.
How to Apply (in order to guarantee that application will be considered, you will need to have a completed application submitted by May 15th)
All complete applications contain the following components
  • PART 1: Online Admissions Application [Personal Information including personal statement; Application Information; and Department Information]
  • PART 1: Application Fee ($60 non-refundable fee) - Need valid credit card and its security code from the back of the card (CCV)
  • PART 2: Official Transcripts
  • PART 2: Three letters of recommendation

PART 1 INSTRUCTIONS Complete the online application at eApp – Online Admissions Application. Create an account if you are new to our application system and you do not already have a PIN by clicking on the "Create Account" button to the right. If you are a current or former IU student, you may use your login information to log in and some of your information will self-populate the application form.
Answer the questions in the:
  • Personal Information
  • Application Information
  • Department Information
 On the "Application Information" page make the following selections:
  • Type of degree: Masters
  • Academic Program: Biochemistry (IU Graduate School)
  • Academic Plan: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology MS Track
  • Are you applying to a dual degree program: No
  • Term: select the appropriate term, Fall
  • Enter all of your score categories (e.g. for GRE include verbal, quantitative, and analytical).
    You may save your responses and return to the application at a later time by using your SAME PIN and PASSWORD.  To protect your application responses, please save your work often. At the bottom of each page are three buttons: "previous page", "save", and "next page". Click on "save" if you would like to save your work and complete the application at a later date. To log out, click the Logoff button at the top right corner of the page. NOTE: To submit your application you must pay the application fee using a valid credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or VISA) and then click "SUBMIT". Wait until the screen refreshes and notifies you that your application is submitted.

    Send an e-mail to the Master’s Program Director in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Dr. Mark Goebl; to indicate that you have submitted an online application. In addition, official transcripts and letters of reference need to be provided to the Master’s Program Director (see PART 2 INSTRUCTIONS below).  GRE scores must be submitted directly to IUPUI by the testing agency. 
PART 2 INSTRUCTIONS Send the following items to the Master’s Program Director:
1. Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities (Before enrolling in classes, a final transcript indicating that your bachelor's degree has been awarded and the date of award must be provided.).
2. Test Scores.  GRE or MCAT acceptable.
  • GRE Scores - taken within the past 5 years; Institution Code: 1325 (Indiana Univ. - Purdue Univ. Indianapolis)
    • GRE scores must be submitted directly to IUPUI by the testing agency
  • MCAT Scores - taken within the past 2 years; AMCAS Code: 129 (Indiana University School of Medicine)
  • Proof of English proficiency for students who have not obtained a post-secondary degree from a predominantely English Speaking Country (TOEFL scores or other acceptable tests
3. Three letters of recommendation are required from appropriate current or recent academic instructors and/or employers. Letters should NOT be from friends, clergy, etc. If you previously have letters of recommendation written for medical school, you must ask your reviewers to write a new letter recommending you to this program.  You may either utilize the electronic submission option found in the online application (This is preferred.); or have referees e-mail recommendations to the M.S. Program Director in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Dr. Mark Goebl; or have referees mail recommendations directly to the address listed below. Referees should comment on the following if possible.
  • How long and in what capacity do you know the applicant?
  • How many students have you known at this level.
  • What is the applicant's intellectual potential; ability to plan and conduct research; creativity and originality; knowledge in chosen field; ability to work independently and with a team; maturity; motivation for graduate study; writing ability; oral expression; integrity; and overall potential for graduate work in biomedical sciences.
4. Applications are accepted from all individuals, national and international:
  • U.S. permanent residents must submit an official copy of their USCIS Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).
  • International applicants must mail an official transcript (and mark sheet if applicable), including both the native language and the English translation versions (electronic versions are not acceptable), and TOEFL scores. 

 5. Mail documents to:

Mark Goebl, Ph.D.
Professor, Master’s Program Director
Indiana University School of Medicine
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Van Nuys Medical Science Building, Room 4071
635 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Phone: 317-274-2055

635 Barnhill Dr | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Ph: (317) 274-7151 | Fax: (317) 274-4686