Biochemistry M.S.

Students must meet the Graduate School's requirements for the master's degree. The M.S. degree in Biochemistry requires the completion of independent research and preparation of a thesis for submission to the Graduate School. In most circumstances, all requirements for the M.S. degree should be completed within a 3-year period after admission to the graduate program.

Credits: A minimum of 30 graduate credits is required. Graduate credits are earned for courses numbered 800-999. Up to 12 credits earned in non-Biochemistry courses numbered 700-799 may be taken for graduate credit upon approval of the Graduate School. Typically, master's students enroll in BCHM 851-852, Principles of Biochemistry, during their first year of study, unless the diagnostic examinations indicate that undergraduate preparation in general biochemistry is sufficient.

Thesis Committee: During the first semester, the Graduate Student Coordinator will assist the student in choosing courses. During the second semester following the selection of the advisor, the student and the advisor should jointly agree on the members of the Thesis Committee and make a recommendation to the Graduate Student Coordinator. This committee consists of the advisor as chair and two other members. The committee will meet soon after selection of a thesis project to approve the student's proposed curriculum. The Master's Supervisory Committee Form must then be completed and the form sent to the Graduate School. Courses required by the Thesis Committee must be taken for credit and completed with a passing grade (>B-). Courses recommended by the committee may be audited or taken for credit, but in either case the student is expected to be familiar with the subject matter of these courses.

It is recommended that the student meet with the committee every semester to review progress of the thesis project and academics.

Written Thesis and Oral Presentation: The student is required to prepare a written master's thesis for submission to their Thesis Committee. A copy of the complete thesis must be made available to the committee at least 14 days before the date of the final examination. Consult the Thesis and Dissertation Manual provided by the Graduate School for details on preparing the manuscript. All costs associated with the preparation of the thesis are the responsibility of the student.

An oral examination of the master's thesis consists of two parts: an oral presentation of the research that is open to the public and an oral defense of the master's thesis conducted by the Thesis Committee. Final approval of the master's thesis will be determined by the Thesis Committee. Two copies of the approved thesis, ready for binding, will be submitted to the Graduate School Office. The student should determine whether members of the Thesis Committee also want copies. Graduate students may request an exception to the policy regarding copies for Committee members by written petition to the graduate faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Following completion of all requirements, the Intent-to-Graduate form needs to be completed and sent to the Graduate School.

Questions? Contact:

Feixia Chu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Rudman Hall, Room 306
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-2436