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The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program participates in the GSBS at RWJMS Masters in Biomedical Sciences and Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences Programs.

The only way a Master’s degree can be given directly by the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program is under extenuating circumstances when students leave the program prematurely. The following requirements apply in those cases.

Course Requirements:

A minimum of 40 credits, of which no more than 12 may be from advanced undergraduate courses. At least 24 of the total credits must be from course work, the remainder being research credits. A maximum of 9 credits of course work with grades of C or C+ may be applied to the total of 40 required for the degree.

Thesis:

This may be either a paper describing research accomplished, or a critical review of a topic approved by the student's committee. The thesis committee consisting of three faculty members, two of whom are to be members of the Biochemistry graduate program, reviews the MS thesis. The unanimous approval of the thesis is required for award of the degree (along with approval by the Program Director, Associate Dean, Dean of GSBS, Board of Trustees, et al.). The committee is to be chosen by the student and approved by the Program Director. A written thesis is required for each MS degree. The student may request a waiver of the oral thesis defense for good reason such as moving to another area. The student must request this waiver by letter to the Program Director and to the student’s advisor, both of whom must approve the waiver of the oral defense.

Thesis Defense:

The thesis defense will consist of an oral examination on the topic of the thesis. This examination will be conducted by a committee consisting of three faculty members, two of whom are to be members of the Department of Biochemistry.  One member outside the Program is also required.