MS Program

Mario Chang and Dr. Kilberg

Master’s student, Mario Chang, and his mentor, Dr. Michael Kilberg.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers a MS degree program that is separate from our participation in the PhD program administered through the College of Medicine (see

The MS program is designed to provide students necessary skills to obtain positions within the private and government research sectors.  Our MS program is also designed to provide the background necessary for entry into competitive PhD or other professional school (MD, DVM, DDS, etc) programs.

The MS Program only admits students each fall semester.  It is anticipated that students will complete the MS program within 6 semesters of starting the program.  Highly motivated students may complete the requirements in less time.

Program Requirements

The MS program is a thesis-based program that requires a total of 30 credits for graduation.  These 30 credits are to be earned in two categories:

  • At least 12 credits of didactic classroom coursework. Graduate-level courses (5000 and above) can be earned from courses offered by the Department (see, other Departments within the College of Medicine, or University.
  • At least 18 credits of research-based coursework. Degree work in this category consists of required journal clubs, independent study, and thesis research.

Research Requirements

Research will be conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  As part of the acceptance process to the program you will be matched with a faculty member who will act as your mentor throughout your time in the program.  Your mentor will also be responsible for providing you both laboratory space and supplies to conduct your graduate research.

The Master’s thesis project requires successful completion of an original research project approved by the student’s graduate supervisory committee, a written thesis that describes this work and adheres to the guidelines of the Graduate School, and a public defense of the thesis project for the graduate supervisory committee and other members of the Department.


Applicants to the Master’s degree program must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School and BMB program outlined below. The MS Program only admits students each fall semester.

  • GPA: The minimum requirements for graduate admission at the University of Florida include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all upper division (Junior/Senior) courses. Please use the “Self-Reported GPA Computation and Worksheet for Graduate Applications” to calculate your upper division GPA. Although the university minimum GPA for admission is 3.0, the average GPA of entering classes of our program is approximately 3.5.
  • GRE Requirement Update: Due to testing difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has waived the GRE requirements for Master’s students applying for entrance in Fall 2021.

    {This standard policy does not apply at this time: Applicants must submit a score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general exam.  Subject exam scores are not required. Cumulative GRE scores (verbal and quantitative reasoning) for successful applicants are typically greater than 300. GRE exam must be taken within the past five years. (University of Florida, institution code 5812)}

  • Coursework Requirements:  Required coursework prior to admission to the MS program includes General chemistry, Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, and General Biology.  Additional recommended coursework includes biochemistry, microbiology and genetics.
  • Research Experience: Prior laboratory experience is desired but not strictly required for admission to the MS program.

Financial Support

Stipend and tuition support are not provided to students enrolled in the MS degree program. However, your mentor will provide you both laboratory space and supplies to conduct your graduate research. For more information on federal, state and university aid programs and a limited number of privately funded scholarships, visit The Office for Student Financial Affairs at UF.

Application Deadline

January 15: COMPLETED applications, including GRE scores, official transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be submitted by this date for students wishing to enter the program for the following Fall semester.

Please note, we may consider late applications but only after fully reviewing those that are complete by the January 15th deadline.