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.
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 JHSPH, 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.
- Clinical Researcher
- Physician Scientist
- Biology Professor
- Lab Tech
- Research Scientist
- Industry Biotechnologist
- Science Policy Analyst/Advocate
- Science Writer/Journalist
- Research Consultant
- PhD Programs
- Medical School
Core course credits
Minimum elective course credits
Lab research credits
Available courses across JHSPH
For the general admissions requirements see our How to Apply page. The specific program also requires:
Prior Work Experience
Lab research experience is required, gained either through separate employment or bachelor degree work.
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
Philip Jordan, PhD, studies how cells accurately pass on their DNA from one generation to the next and the diseases that are caused when this goes wrong.
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 K. L. Leung, PhD, MBioch, is a molecular biologist who studies how cellular regulation of RNA impacts cancer, neurodegeneration, and virus infection.
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).
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