Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, MS

  • New York City

The Forefront of Innovation

Pace’s MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program offers a unique, cutting-edge curriculum that provides you with the professional training required for the increasingly dynamic job market in the pharmaceutical biotech, biochemistry, and molecular biology fields.


  • Program director Nigel Yarlett, PhD, has developed an affiliation of national and international collaborators, providing opportunities for research with other laboratories around the world.
  • Research is funded and supported by the National Institutes of Health, Drugs for Neglected Disease Initiative, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • The program is supported by fully equipped laboratory facilities for biochemistry and molecular biology, including a new state-of-the-art DNA sequencing facility, pathogen-handling suite, HPLC coupled mass spectrophotometry, and advanced spectrophotometric analysis.
  • This degree can be completed in 12–18 months.


The 34-credit MS program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSBMB) offers students a professional development graduate degree with enhanced capability and competitiveness in career-related biochemistry, molecular biology, and health-related fields. This is a thesis-based graduate program that contains training in ethical and regulatory issues, a requirement of all new Federal grant applicants.


Set your sights abroad! Opportunity exists for taking all or part of the course at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Additionally, students graduating from the MS program have the opportunity to continue into the PhD program at UTS.

The program offers the opportunity to pursue thesis research in the department of biology, chemistry, or Haskins Laboratories at Pace, in several departments at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, or internationally at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.


This program provides students with an excellent preparation for professional employment, advanced graduate work, teaching, and a variety of private and public service positions.


  • Medical Research Laboratories: All research and teaching laboratories are required to employ a graduate laboratory supervisor to oversee the facility.
  • Government Agencies: The National Institutes of Health, US Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Agriculture, and individual state laboratories employ skilled personnel for basic research and analysis of food, drugs, air, water, wastes, and animal tissue samples.
  • Biotechnology: The field offers excellent career opportunities for people trained in the molecular life sciences, with opportunities across a spectrum of many industries.
  • Non-Traditional Careers: Biochemists and molecular biologists enjoy fulfilling careers in management, science policy, science writing, and medical illustration.



median salary for biochemists and biophysicists


of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences graduates from the class of 2018 are employed, continuing their education, or are doing volunteer or military service.


Students with a bachelor of science in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry, preferably with experience in physical chemistry, physics, and mathematics may enter the master’s degree program. It is preferred that potential candidates have had some research experience in their undergraduate degree. Prospective students should submit the application by April 15 for study to commence the following fall. GRE is not required. The application should include:

  • Official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement

Review of applications will begin early March and the admissions committee will continue to accept applications through July 30 if the class maximum has not been reached.