Master of Science in Biochemistry
Biochemistry is undergoing a renaissance as detailed mechanistic understanding of biological processes becomes increasingly necessary in academia, industry, and medicine. In response to the rising demand for individuals with extensive biochemical training, the University of Tulsa has established a graduate program in Biochemistry. The department currently offers a master’s degree. Our goal is to produce graduates with detailed knowledge of basic biochemical principles, an understanding of their application in the laboratory, and the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in their chosen endeavors. A unique feature of the Biochemistry program at the University of Tulsa is its extensive interaction with chemists and material scientists, which provides the opportunity to establish research collaborations across traditional boundaries. Graduating students will thereby gain a unique perspective on fundamental biological problems, resulting in more career options and increasing the likelihood of their making important contributions to scientific progress and society.
The Masters Degree in Biochemistry focuses on coursework and independent research. Entering students will take a total of 30 credit hours, including nine hours of core courses covering the fundamentals of biochemistry. Upon entering the program they will select a research advisor from among departmental faculty members. In conjunction with their advisor the student will develop and implement an independent research project that is expected to generate novel results contributing to the field. The Department has strengths in biochemical basis of disease, non-invasive diagnostics, drug development, environmental biochemistry, and biological applications of nanotechnology.
To be admitted to the Biochemistry Graduate Program, an applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree in a basic science (B.A .or B.S. program) and sufficient undergraduate coursework in the biological and chemical sciences. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 is generally required; however, students with a lower GPA but compensatory credentials (such as industry experience) may be admitted on probation at the discretion of the graduate advisor and with the permission of the Graduate School. Applicants must submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination, and while not required, a good score on a subject test in biology or chemistry can bolster an application. Applicants from non-English speaking countries who have not received a degree from a university in the United States must satisfy English proficiency requirements by submitting TOEFL scores. Any deficiencies will be evaluated during the admissions process.
Upon admission the student will confer with the graduate advisor to plan course sequencing and discuss independent research options. A minimum total of 30 graduate hours are required, and upon completion of the research project the student will write a thesis that conforms to the recommended procedures of the Graduate School. The student must also pass a comprehensive oral thesis examination covering the student’s entire graduate program but focusing on the thesis contents. Satisfactory progress in course work is required and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 must be maintained to continue with the program. Students without the necessary prerequisites will be required to correct any deficiencies. No more than six graduate credits may be transferred from an accredited institution to contribute toward fulfillment of the requirements for a Master’s degree in Biochemistry. No more than six hours of independent study will be allowed.