Biochemistry (MS)


Biochemistry, MS

On Campus 30 - 36 cr

The Center for Biological Chemistry trains future scientists for tomorrow’s challenges in plant, animal, and microbial metabolism, redox biology, plant biochemistry, synthetic biology, and more.


Discover a world of limitless possibilities with the Center for Biological Chemistry's (CBC) renowned graduate program. Our commitment to interdisciplinary research opens doors to a wide array of research areas, including:Plant and Animal MetabolismSystems Biology and Metabolic NetworksStructural Biology and Enzyme MechanismsRedox BiologyMolecular Mechanisms of DiseasePlant Science InnovationOur collaborative environment combines the expertise of our biochemistry faculty with specialists from animal science, agronomy, chemistry, and biological sciences. This unique synergy fuels groundbreaking research.What Awaits You at CBC?Cutting-Edge Facilities: Immerse yourself in advanced laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment, all housed in the George W. Beadle Center for Genetics and Biomaterials Research.Interdisciplinary Learning: Experience the power of interdisciplinary collaboration, where diverse perspectives converge to solve complex biological challenges.Core Facilities: Access essential resources, including mass spectrometry, spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, plant transformation, microscopy, and exceptional plant growth and greenhouse facilities.Innovative Technology: Harness the latest tools, from fluorescence-activated cell analysis to next-generation high-throughput DNA sequencing.At CBC, we're empowering future leaders in biological chemistry. Join us in reshaping the boundaries of scientific discovery.

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Career Pathways

  • Research-Industry
  • Research-Academia
  • Research-Government
  • Entrepreneur
  • Teaching-High School
  • Teaching-College University
  • Science Policy

Applying for Admission

Standard requirements for all graduate programs

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.

    If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Additional requirements specific to this program

  • Three recommendation letters
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Personal Statement: Your statement should include your research interests, your long-term goals, how graduate study in Biochemistry at Nebraska will help you achieve your goals, and any additional information you think will help in evaluating your application. If applying to the Molecular Mechanisms of Disease specialization, indicate your interest in this training program and specify which biomedical focus area of MMOD is of greatest interest to you.
  • We recommend contacting support staff for advice on your application.

Admission Application Deadlines

December 1



Graduate Chair

Nicole Buan

Support Staff

Diana Bonham

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