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Masters of Science in Life Sciences Program

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The M.S. Program in Biochemistry at Virginia Tech is a science program that provides graduate training options to students who are exploring careers related to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and students who have yet to commit to a Ph.D. program.

Students may either integrate graduate-level biochemical and molecular training with existing strengths within the Department of Biochemistry in areas such as microbiology, vector-borne infectious diseases, plant, and nutritional biochemistry, drug discovery, and computational and systems biology, or the graduate experience can be tailored to student career goals with diverse options of experiential learning in research, teaching, and industrial biochemistry.

These tracks prepare students for a wide diversity of career options including employment by the biotech or pharmaceutical industry, employment as a research technician in government or academia, a teaching career, science communication, or entry into Ph.D. programs, or professional programs in the medical sciences. 

Students accepted into our Biochemistry M.S. program will be given a stipend of $4,000 per year and tuition scholarship. On average, graduate students complete the M.S. Program in 2 years. Students interested in earning a master's degree need to contact a faculty sponsor directly about application and admissions.