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Biochemistry (MS) - Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

The Chemistry and Biochemistry program offers the opportunity for students to participate in an accelerated curriculum that leads to both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in either Chemistry or Biochemistry. This curriculum follows the normal B.S. degree for three years, but adds typically two (but up to four) graduate level courses during the fourth year that are also applied to the subsequent M.S. program. The fifth year then includes the remaining graduate courses to bring the total to five, research credits and the Master’s Thesis. Students will generally apply to the Graduate College during the third year for official admission to the M.S. program immediately following completion of B.S. requirements. Admission to this program must precede enrollment in graduate courses.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Chemistry and Biochemistry -

The Arizona Biological and Biomedical Science Program (ABBS) integrates recruiting and admissions for the following graduate PhD programs:  Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology, Cancer Biology GIDP, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Drug Discovery and Delivery, Genetics GIDP, Immunobiology, Medical Pharmacology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiological Science GIDP, and The School of Plant Sciences. 

College of Science  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Lori Boyd
Graduate Program Coordinator
Lori Boyd
Director of Graduate Studies
Michael L Heien
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi R Davenport
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Students must have completed a minimum of 75 undergraduate credit hours at the time of application; a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of entry into the program. Typically, this unit requirement means that students will be in their third year at the time of application. Exceptions can be made for fourth year students, depending on progress to the degree.


Students are generally expected to complete the undergraduate degree within four years. The undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to have the M.S. degree awarded. Therefore, students shall have completed or nearly completed the general education requirements before application.


Students must be a continuing UA student progressing toward a Bachelor’s degree. At least 12 earned undergraduate credits must have been completed at the University of Arizona’s main campus in the major listed above. Units still graded Incomplete, units graded Pass/Fail or units taken as audit will not count toward the requirement of the 12 undergraduate units.


Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 (NO EXCEPTIONS). If the GPA falls below 3.5 at the time 90 units are completed, the student will not be admitted into the program. Courses taken for audit may not be included in the total number of units counted for eligibility or admission.


Students must have a minimum of one semester of research experience and have demonstrated research productivity.


Students must have a thesis advisor who is a primary CBC faculty member.


Standardized Tests
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Financial Aid

After completion of all Bachelors’ requirements, students will be granted graduate status, be charged at the graduate rate, and be eligible for graduate assistantships. The student won’t be eligible to graduate nor will they be eligible for assistantships until all Bachelors’ requirements are completed. While an undergraduate, students are required to keep their graduate coursework cumulative GPA at 3.0, or higher if required by the graduate degree offering unit, to be admitted to the Master’s program.


Should a student have completed 12 graduate credits, but not yet completed the undergraduate degree, they will be considered graduate for financial aid and tuition purposes and coded as ‘graduate’ in UAccess. They will no longer be eligible for undergraduate scholarships, nor will they be eligible for graduate assistantships.

Admissions Deadlines

April 15

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Graded coursework constitutes 15 units of the Master of Science degree. A plan of study must be approved by the GPC. Suggested core courses of study for the respective areas are:

  • Analytical: Choose three courses from CHEM 522, 523, 525, 526b, 527 or 529
  • Biochemistry: BIOC 565, 568 and one other course by approval
  • Inorganic: CHEM 510, 514 and one other course by approval
  • Organic: CHEM 550, 541 and 545
  • Physical: CHEM 580, 581 and 582


Up to 15 units of the Master of Science degree may be in thesis research, group meeting, seminar, etc.

Minor Requirements
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Last revised 17 Jun 2014