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Master's Degree

Master of Science (ScM)

Offered By: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Onsite | Full-Time | 2 years

About This Program

The Master of Science (ScM) is a two-year program that is perfect for students who wish to obtain a blend of coursework with rigorous training in laboratory research. The ScM combines the coursework of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Master of Health Science (MHS) degree with an additional year of lab research training that culminates in an original research-based thesis under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

During the ScM, students will learn some of the newest techniques for cell, molecular, and biochemistry research. Typically, ScM graduates continue their training in healthcare or advanced graduate research study or obtain positions in industry or government.

Program Highlights

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ScM was created for students who wish to obtain a combination of coursework with in-depth training in laboratory research. Joining our program provides you with:

  • Hands-on experience in laboratory research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, including in a year of independent, original research culminating in a ScM thesis
  • A strong grounding in basic biology and public health topics through a curriculum that combines core courses in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department with electives that can be taken throughout the School of Public Health
  • Training to communicate research findings, including opportunities to give presentations at School of Public Health venues or at national meetings and publish in peer-reviewed journals
  • Access to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Professional Development and Career Office, offering excellent career services and professional development for careers paths from medicine to biotech to academia and beyond
  • Opportunities to participate in community service, engagement, and outreach, both within the Bloomberg School, and beyond, with a focus on our East Baltimore neighborhoods, through SOURCE


Terms of full-time coursework


year of laboratory research experience


minimum total core and elective credits


comprehensive lab research project

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Typically, ScM graduates continue their training in healthcare or advanced graduate research study or obtain positions in industry or government.

Sample Careers

  • Clinical Researcher
  • Physician Scientist
  • Biology Professor
  • Lab Tech
  • Research Scientist
  • Industry Biotechnologist
  • Science Policy Analyst/Advocate
  • Science Writer/Journalist
  • Research Consultant

Preparation For

  • PhD Programs
  • Medical School


The ScM has the same course requirements of the Master of Health Science (MHS) degree, with an additional year of lab research training.

Browse an overview of this program's requirements in the JHU Academic Catalogue and explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory.


Core course credits


Minimum elective course credits


Lab research credits


Available courses across BSPH

Admissions Requirements

For the general admissions requirements see our How to Apply page. The specific program also requires:

Prior Work Experience

Laboratory research experience (from academia, industry, etc.) is required

Prior Coursework

Strong background in the sciences, particularly in chemistry, biochemistry, or biology

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores (GRE, MCAT) are optional for this program. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but will require evidence of quantitative/analytical ability through other application components such as academic transcripts and/or supplemental questions. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.

Program Faculty Spotlight

Jiou Wang
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Jiou Wang, PhD, MD, seeks to understand what controls the birth and death of a protein and how the shape and function of DNA and RNA are connected in health and diseases.

Anthony Leung
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Anthony K. L. Leung, PhD, MBioch, is a molecular biologist who studies how cellular regulation of RNA impacts cancer, neurodegeneration, and virus infection.

Ashani Weeraratna
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Ashi Weeraratna, PhD, studies how cancer cells move to distant sites and how changes in the normal cells around a tumor contribute to their movement, especially as we age.

Tuition and Funding

The Master’s Tuition Scholarship is available to students in good academic standing in a two-year, full-time master’s program. In total, it provides a 75% reduction in tuition for the second year. Students have the option of distributing the scholarship entirely in their second year of study or receive a 25% reduction in tuition their first year and 50% in their second year. Furthermore, during the second year ScM students receive a financial stipend for their technical contributions in their host lab ($15 per hour, 19 hours per week).

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Executive Director for Academic Affairs and Education Programs, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department 
Roza Selimyan, PhD