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Department of Biological Sciences
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590

Phone: (518) 276-6446
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M.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysics

This master’s degree program primarily prepares students for jobs in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and other related industry sectors. It is also well suited to students wishing to upgrade their skills while employed in industry. The program may also be attractive to students wishing to obtain an M.S. degree before proceeding to professional study in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, etc. Those with a B.S. degree in a field not closely related to modern biological science may also benefit from the program.


Learn more about our Biochemistry and Biophysics research opportunities.


Both the Master of Science and Master of Science in Applied Science degrees are available within the Biochemistry and Biophysics program. Each requires a total of 30 credit hours.

For the Master of Science degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics, 15 credits must be in courses at the 6000–6999 level. In addition, six to nine credits must be in research. Students must either have had in their undergraduate study or must include in their M.S. Plan of Study three of the molecular biophysics module courses listed above in the undergraduate curriculum, or their graduate equivalents. A thesis based on original work is required.

The Master of Science in Applied Science degree program features the possibility of combining master’s level cooperative education participation or equivalent industrial experience, with course work for the degree in biochemistry and biophysics.

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