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Masters of Science in Life Sciences Program

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MS Degrees In the Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech
Master of Sciences in Life Sciences

The department offers two routes to earn an M.S. in the Life Sciences. The first program is for students currently enrolled in our B.S. program, who earn an accelerated B.S./M.S. degree combination, and the second is our stand alone M.S. program.


The MS Program in Biochemistry at Virginia Tech is a basic science program that provides graduate training options to students who are exploring non-academic careers related to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and students who have yet to commit to a PhD 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 in the biomedical sciences, or professional programs in the medical sciences. For more information, view our MSLS alumni page.