Oct 20, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2020-2021 
Graduate Catalog 2020-2021

Biochemistry - MA

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Requirements for Admission for Plan 1 and Plan 2

General admission requirements to Hunter’s graduate programs are observed including GRE (verbal and quantitative reasoning); TOEFL (for foreign students whose native language is other than English). The GRE will be waived upon applicant’s request, if documentation of professional experience in the field, or graduate-level academic work show adequate preparation to successfully pursue the degree.

In addition, the student must have completed the following courses: general chemistry (including qualitative analysis) (one year), quantitative analysis, organic chemistry (one year), physical chemistry (one semester lecture and laboratory), biology (one year), biochemistry lecture and laboratory (one semester). Deficiencies may be made up during the first three semesters of graduate study.

Students who have successfully completed two or more graduate-level courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better may request a waiver of the GRE score requirement. The request for GRE waiver must be submitted in writing at least one month before the deadline of applications (end of October for Fall admission, end of March for the spring admission).

Requirements for Admission for Plan 3

The general guidelines for admission to Hunter College will be followed. Students who have successfully completed two or more graduate-level courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better may request a waiver of the GRE score requirement. The request for GRE waiver must be submitted in writing at least one month before the deadline of applications (end of October for Fall admission, end of March for the spring admission). (Note, this new policy on GRE waiver will be applied to all three study plans).Students who have successfully completed two or more graduate-level courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better may request a waiver of the GRE score requirement. The request for GRE waiver must be submitted in writing at least one month before the deadline of applications (end of October for Fall admission, end of March for the spring admission). Students interested in Plan 3 should submit a written letter-of-intent to the advisor after being admitted to the M.A. Program in Biochemistry before the ending of the first semester of study. To qualify for this option, students must have completed 9-12 credits of graduate-level courses that can be transferred upon approval. Credits that counted toward graduation requirements for a baccalaureate degree cannot be transferred. In addition, the student should provide an evaluation letter from the thesis mentor indicating the student can complete the thesis within one year. In the event that the student fails to defend the thesis by the end of the first year of study, he/she could may request a one-year extension to graduate under the Accelerated Thesis Option. Alternatively, or in the event the request is denied, he/she has the option to chose to graduate under study Plan 2: The Thesis Option or Plan 1: the Comprehensive Exam Option, provided that he/she meets all requirements of the chosen Plan 2.

Requirements for the Degree

Comprehensive Examination or Thesis:

Students may complete the requirements for the MA through either of the following two plans:

  • Plan (1): A minimum of 30 credits of course work plus a passing grade in a comprehensive examination.
  • Plan (2): A minimum of 24 credits of course work, plus 6 credits from a thesis on an original research problem. The thesis must be approved by the student’s adviser, and it must be defended before a thesis committee.


The student must complete the following courses from the list below. Note that no more than 10 credits of 600-level courses may be taken.

Additional Requirements:

Any remaining or additional credits may be taken by choosing courses in Biology or Chemistry as electives, or by taking additional research credits (BIOCHEM 71201 BIOCHEM 71202 ,  BIOCHEM 71203 ,  BIOCHEM 71204 )

A passing grade of the Comprehensive Exam given at the end of the study. 

Plan (3)

Minimum of 9 cr. Graduate-level courses that may come from any combination of three courses from the following three lists:

Hunter Chemistry:

No more than two from the following Hunter Biology courses:

Graduate Center - Chemistry and Biochemistry:

  • CHEM 81900 Topics in inorganic chemistry: Radiochemistry 3 cr.
  • BICM 77000 Physical Biochemistry 3cr.