Master of Science In Applied Molecular Biology

Gain advanced training in the theory and application of molecular biology in conjunction with supervised independent research culminating in a research thesis.  

Our students' research has been presented at regional, national, and even international scientific conferences. Graduates perform at an advanced technical level in biotechnology and related industries or continue their education in Ph.D. or professional programs.

The master of science in applied molecular biology uses a rolling admissions system, which means that when you complete your application, it is reviewed and decision is made by a faculty committee. In general, applications should be submitted at least four months prior to the semester that you wish to start.

For international students - please note that international student applications take longer to process, so it is recommended that international student applications be submitted at least six months prior to the semester that the applicant wishes to start.

Learn more about the Biological Sciences Department at Parkside.

Instructor Profiles

The Master of Science in Applied Molecular Biology is a graduate degree program designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree. The admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • All undergraduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GMAT or GRE
  • Statement of personal intent


Submit letters of recommendation, statement of personal intent, and resume here
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BIOS 675: Advanced Molecular Biology
In-depth coverage of selected research topics in molecular biology such as DNA replication, transcription, translation, and other current topics. 

BIOS 731: Seminar in Molecular Biology
Research reports, special topics, and reports from recent literature in molecular biology or biotechnology. Graded on a credit/no-credit basis. 


BIOS 611: Microbial Physiology and Diversity
Explores diverse molecular mechanisms of microbial physiology. Topics include microbial regulation of gene expression, metabolism, behavior, symbiosis, and applications to biotechnology.                                                

BIOS 614: Molecular Evolution
Examines the evolution of nucleic acids and proteins.  Considers five major topics: genetic variability; the causes of molecular evolution and the neutral theory; methods of detecting genetic variability; the use of molecular markers for estimating phylogeny and the evolution of genome structure.

CHEM 620: Advanced Biochemistry
Advanced topics in biochemistry including thermodynamics, protein structure, and enzyme kinetics and mechanisms.    

BIOS 653: Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics of Nucleic Acids
Covers techniques and theory of nucleic acid isolation (DNA and RNA) and analysis including laboratory and computational methods. Includes common laboratory methods for isolating and characterizing nucleic acids.

BIOS 655: Protein Biochemistry and Bioinformatics 
Provides practical experience in protein expression, purification, and characterization with emphasis on enzymology and use of computer programming for development of relevant bioinformatics applications.

BIOS 690: Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology
Selected advanced topics in molecular biology.

BIOS 699: Independent Study
Advanced study performed under the supervision of a regular faculty member. Suitability as an elective for the master’s of applied molecular biology is determined on a case-by-case basis by the MAMB program committee.


BIOS 711: Thesis
Dissertation for master of science in applied molecular biology. Graded on a credit/no-credit basis.                                                     

Our faculty members have embarked on a wide array of research and teaching specialties, and you can benefit from the options. Discuss career possibilities within varied fields of expertise with faculty members, as well as requirements for conducting independent study research projects. Having this type of research experience is invaluable, providing you with a competitive edge, whether you choose to embark upon a career right away or continue your education.

 Over 85 percent of Master of Science in Applied Molecular Biology graduates work in their chosen field upon graduation.


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