Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the natural sciences
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  • General courses in the biological sciences, including biology, genetics, molecular biology and cell biology, are recommended but not required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the English language (e.g. TOEFL) is required. However, candidates with special circumstances may be considered for conditional admission.

Special admission considerations for Master of Science program

Special considerations may also be given to students who have experienced extenuating circumstances and to applicants with limited English proficiency that could be corrected by language courses offered by the University’s American Language Institute. Special considerations may also be given to such students who have extensive research experience, promising capabilities and exceptional motivation.


MS Applicants must apply online at the USC Graduate Admission website. It is preferable if applications are received between December and March. However, to be considered for the fall semester, all supporting documents should be submitted by April 1.  The GRE is NOT required to apply to the BMM program.

Applicants will need to submit the following for consideration:

  • At least three letters of recommendation from faculty members who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for graduate work and independent research
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Statement of Purpose (should describe your reasons for seeking an MS degree and describe your career goals)
  • Statement of research and laboratory experience

Submit your application and supporting documents to:

Financial aid

Students admitted into the MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine program must apply for financial aid through the main USC Financial Aid Office, which offers low-interest student loans and administers the federal work-study program.

Students can apply for a number of competitive university and external fellowships and awards through the USC Graduate School.