Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

General

Program Description

A two-semester graduate program designed to enrich and improve credentials of graduates to apply for admission to medical, dental or other healthcare-related profession programs.

Program Overview

This is a two-semester non-thesis program leading to a Master of Biomedical Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree.

The program is primarily designed to enrich and improve academic credentials of graduates. Our distinctive program emphasizes student development in four areas (coursework, experiential learning, presentation skills, and personal growth), and allows students to broaden and strengthen their academic foundation for further intellectual development, such as gaining entrance into medical-, dental- or health profession-related schools.

The core curriculum emphasizes clinical applications of biochemistry and molecular knowledge. Required courses include Human Medical Cellular Biochemistry and Human Medical Metabolic Biochemistry which are equivalent to Tulane’s first-year medical biochemistry course, Medical Biochemistry Grand Rounds Externship Seminar which provides students with a unique opportunity to experience Medicine Grand Rounds from the biochemical, molecular and clinical perspectives, and the Department Seminar series exposing students to novel research in the field of biochemistry.

All students benefit from several other biochemistry- or molecular biology-related courses. Program electives range from more medically-related courses such as Chromosomal Instability and Cancer, Molecular Basis of Pediatric Disease, and Signal Transduction and Hormone Action to more research-related courses such as Biochemistry Research, Graduate-level Biochemistry, and Biomedical Statistics and Data Analysis. Additionally, the program has reciprocal relationships with certain courses in the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Students may elect to take Tulane first-year medical course equivalents in Graduate Medical Microbiology and Medical Immunology while enhancing their writing and presentation skills with Biochemistry Workshop – a journal club style course.

All courses are taught at the Tulane School of Medicine by full-time faculty.


Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Master of Science degree program should have a baccalaureate degree. In general, applicants should have a minimum GPA (3.0), and either MCAT (26, pre-2015) (500, 2015-present), DATS (19). However, applicants with credentials slightly lower are also encouraged to apply.

We also look for students with a strong background in chemistry and biology: Students who have taken such courses as Organic Chemistry, Molecular or Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, etc. Excellent letters of recommendation are also important. Lab research experience, though not required, is valuable for our consideration of the application.


Degree Requirements

Students must take 30 credit hours of coursework during the fall and spring semesters to complete the requirements for the degree. Additionally, students are required to take the NBME Shelf Exam in Biochemistry as a culminating experience. Although not thesis based, this degree does involve several written assignments and oral presentations as part of the required coursework. No research is required. Therefore, this is considered a "non-thesis" degree.


Required Courses

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar (GBCH-6020-01 fall & spring semesters, M 12:00-1:00, 1 credit hour/semester, course director: Hee-Won Park)
  • Medical Biochemistry Grand Rounds Externship (GBCH-7540-01, fall semester, M-Th various, F 1:00-2:00 discussion session; GBCH-7550-01 spring, M-Th various, F 1:00-2:00 discussion session, 3 credit hour/semester, course director, Hua Lu & course co-director, Jeffrey Han)
  • Human Medical Cellular Biochemistry (GBCH-7500-01, fall semester, lecture/discussion session, 5 credit hours, course director: David Franklin)
  • Metabolic Biochemistry of Human Disease (GBCH-7520-01, spring semester, lecture/discussion sessions, 5 credit hours, course director: David Franklin)


Elective Courses

  • Biochemistry Workshop (BMSP-7100-01, fall semester, BMSP-7110-01; spring semester, 1-3 credit hours/semester, course director: Zachary Pursell)
  • Principles of Genetics (GBCH-7170-01, spring semester, 4 credit hours/semester, course director: Zachary Pursell)
  • Chromosomal Instability and Cancer (GBCH-7180-01, fall semester, 4 credit hours, course director: Arthur Lustig)
  • Graduate Medical Microbiology (MIIM-7500-01, fall semester, 4 credit hours, course director: Lucia Freytag)
  • Signal Transduction and Hormone Action (GBCH-7570-01, spring semester, 2 credit hours, course director: Brian G. Rowan)
  • Cases in Research Ethics (GBCH-7590-01, spring semester, 2 credit hours, course director: Arthur Lustig)
  • Medical Immunology (MIIM-7600-01, fall semester, 2 credits)
  • Medical Physiology (GPSO-6010-01, fall semester, 6 credits)
  • (Cardio) Vascular Physiology (GPSO-7600-01, spring semester, 3 credits)
  • Translational Physiology II (GPSO 7350-01, spring semester, 2 credits)
  • Renal Physiology (GPSO-7320-01, spring semester, 3 credits)
  • Molecular Basis of Pediatric Disease (GBCH-4060-01, spring semester, 2 credits, course co-directors: Samir El-Dahr and Zubaida Saifudeen)
  • Biochemistry Research (Independent Study, fall & spring, 2 credit hours (approx 6+ hrs/week lab time), course director: Yu-Teh Li)


Tuition & Fees

Full-time tuition for the academic year is $25,946 to be paid on a two-semester basis ($12,973 per semester). This is a discounted rate from Tulane's regular tuition of $23,163 per semester. No tuition waivers or stipends are available for this program. Information on the possibility of financial aid loans can be found at the Tulane University Office of Financial Aid website at http://www.finaidhsc.tulane.edu/.

Students will also be charged the following estimated fees on a per semester basis: Academic Support Services ($400 max.), Student Activities ($120), Reily Recreation Center ($180), and Student Health Services ($320).


Application Process

The application for admission to the Master of Biomedical Science degree program should be submitted to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be admitted on a competitive basis. Therefore early submission of applications is highly encouraged.

  • To apply to the program, an online application must be filled out.

NOTE: Several Ph.D. and MS programs at Tulane use this application service. Be careful to indicate that you are applying for a MASTERS degree in BIOCHEMISTRY. You may also wish to send an email to Dr. David S. Franklin (program director, franklin@tulane.edu), Dr. William Wimley (program co-director, wwimley@tulane.edu) or Kelly Ragland Boyd (senior program coordinator, kraglan@tulane.edu) to notify us that you have submitted an online application to our program.


In addition to the online application, you must also submit ALL of the following items:

  1. Personal statement.
  2. An application fee of $50.00 payable online to Tulane University at the time your application is submitted. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  3. GRE or MCAT scores. If reporting MCAT scores, students must include their 16 digit VERIFICATION CODE from the AAMC website. International students must also have official TOEFL scores sent, and all application materials must be in English.
  4. An OFFICIAL transcript from EACH college or university attended. Have your registrar send the official transcripts directly to the following address:
    Attention: Master's Applications
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, #8643
    Tulane University School of Medicine
    1430 Tulane Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70112
  5. Three letters of recommendation from professors, preferably from your science classes. In lieu of letters of recommendation that have been prepared specifically for this application, recommendations on file from undergraduate career development offices may be submitted, but we need more than a single summary letter. This year you may submit letters online through CollegeNet. The application website linked above should explain this procedure.
  6. Resume/CV (optional). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the fall and spring semesters. Qualified students will be considered for Spring 2018 until the class is filled. Candidates who apply after the Spring class has been filled will be considered for acceptance for the Fall 2018 semester. All materials must be received for your application to be considered.
Last updated Mar 2020

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