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Graduate Programs

Daniel Slade and Ariana Umaña

In our Graduate Programs, students obtain world-class research training and develop analytical skills, including big data analytics.

Graduate students will learn how to present their research to general and specialized audiences as well as write and publish their results. Our programs are designed to develop professionals, leaders, and innovators. Graduates from our programs are very successful in securing jobs in the biotechnology and healthcare industries, law firms, and academia, just to name a few. 

We highly encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply to our graduate programs. The Department of Biochemistry offers a Graduate Program Application Fee Waiver for eligible prospective students. The list of criteria can be found here. GRE scores are no longer required to apply, but are optional, if you wish to include your score in your application. 

Our department offers three graduate programs: an Accelerated Bachelors/Masters of Science program, a Masters of Science in Life Science program, and a Ph.D. program. Read more about each program and their requirements, curricula, and admissions processes.

A quick glance at our Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program

  • Receive your bachelor's and master's in 5 years
  • Only current Virginia Tech biochemistry students can apply
  • Free tuition during the final year (year 5) of the M.S. degree
  • $4K stipend in the final year of the M.S. degree
  • Application deadline: January 15

A quick glance at our M.S. Program

A quick glance at our Ph.D. Program

  • Receive your Ph.D. in 4-5 years
  • Fellowships and research assistantships available 
  • $27.7K stipend for the calendar year (Fall 2022)
  • Full-time enrolled Ph.D. students are eligible for a subsidy on the premium of the university-sponsored health insurance plan
  • Application Deadline: January 15