The thesis-based Master of Science (MSc) is a two-year, research and course-based degree. It is expected that applicants will have a four-year undergraduate BSc (or equivalent) from an accredited University with a major or specialization in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Biology, Chemistry, or related discipline, as judged appropriate by the Biochemistry Graduate Program. During the final two years of your undergraduate program, a minimum academic average of B+ (78%) as calculated by the Department is required. Undergraduate students in Year 3 who are interested in starting graduate school after Year 4 can also consider the Accelerated MSc Program.
The thesis-based MSc program offers students the ability to transfer their registration to the Doctoral degree within the same program, without completion of the Master’s degree. Transfers from the Master’s to the Doctoral program must take place before the sixth term of Master's registration and require significant research progress as judged by a student’s advisory committee and successful defence of the PhD qualifying exam.