Biochemistry & Biotechnology Professional Science Master’s Degree

This M.S. degree in biochemistry & biotechnology is offered in cooperation with the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. This degree program encompasses both the basic principles and the technological applications of biochemistry and biotechnology, providing students with the training they need to become a part of the broad life sciences industry. The feature of the Professional Science Emphasis is additional coursework in Business electives, giving students a unique perspective on the business, financial, and legal aspects of biotechnology research.  Most courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit a completed application form and transcripts of all previous coursework to the Graduate School.  International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores reflecting proficiency in English, as detailed by UMSL Global. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning.  A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for regular admission.  All admitted students must have completed undergraduate courses in genetics, cell biology, organic chemistry, and biochemistry as necessary prerequisites for our program

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Degree Requirements

This track requires a total of 32 graduate credit hours. At least half must be at the 5000-level or above. Students take 21 credit hours of science courses (Biology and Chemistry) and 9 hours in business courses.  In addition, each student is required to take 2 credit hours of either an on-campus practicum course or an off-campus internship.

Required Courses in Biology and Chemistry 15

CHEM 5722

Advanced Graduate Biochemistry


CHEM 5774



or BIOL 5436

Applied Bioinformatics

BIOL 6615

Advanced Biotechnology Laboratory II


BIOL 6602

Advanced Molecular Biology


orBIOL 6608

Advanced Synthetic Biology

BIOL 6889

Graduate Seminar


Required Internship or Practicum 2

Choose one of the following:


Practicum in Science in Business


Internship in Science in Business

Professional Science Business Electives 9

MGMT 3623

Industrial And Organizational Psychology

BUS AD 5000

Economics For Managers

BUS AD 5100

Managerial Communication

MGMT 5600

Managing People in Organizations

MKTG 5700

Contemporary Marketing Concepts

BUS AD 5900

Law, Ethics And Business

Elective Courses in Biology and Chemistry 6

CHEM 4733

Biochemistry Laboratory

CHEM 4764

Interdisciplinary Topics In Biochemistry

CHEM 4772

Physical Biochemistry

CHEM 5694

Special Topics In Organic Chemistry

CHEM 5794

Special Topics In Biochemistry

CHEM 6787

Problem Seminar In Biochemistry

or BIOL 5069

Topics In Cellular and Molecular Biology


CHEM 6905

Graduate Research In Chemistry 2

or BIOL 6905

Graduate Research In Biology

BIOL 4842


BIOL 6602

Advanced Molecular Biology

BIOL 6608

Advanced Synthetic Biology

BIOL 6622

Advanced Cellular Basis of Disease

BIOL 6632

Advanced Nucleic Acid Structure And Function

BIOL 6642

Advanced Plant Biology And Biotechnology

BIOL 6652

Advanced Virology

BIOL 6920

Topics In Biology (when relevant)

 Can be taken for up to 2 credit hours in either CHEM 6905 or BIOL 6905. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in non-research courses.

Information for newly admitted students

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