The M.S. program in Applied Molecular Biology (APMB) is an intensive, two semester graduate program that combines state-of-the-art training in the laboratory methods of molecular biology with a set of four lecture courses that provide the theoretical background for the field. Founded in 1981, the program was the first of its kind in the U.S. Applied Molecular Biology Program Laboratory Course Descriptions .
To be admitted to graduate study in the Department of Biological Sciences, students must meet the following pre-requisites:
An AMB Open House for all students interested in this 9-month Master s Degree program is held during February during which current APMB students present the results of their research project. Information about enrolling in the program are also provided.
The program has been designed specifically for full-time students who have an interest in careers in the biotechnology industry and have completed their bachelor’s degrees. Because of the intensive nature of the program, students planning on completing the degree in two semesters are generally unable to hold outside employment. Some students choose to complete the APMB in four semesters, taking the lecture courses in the first year and the laboratory courses in the second year. This enables them to hold outside employment.
In addition to the free-standing M.S. program, UMBC undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in a five-year, combined B.S.-M.S. program in which up to 12 credits can be applied to both degrees. This combined program provides significant financial benefits to students in that they pay for fewer graduate credits.
The requirement for BIOL 430 may be waived for students who have already taken a comparable course in biochemistry and received a grade of B or better. Since all M.S. degrees awarded by the Graduate School require a minimum of 30 credits, three replacement credits may be earned by conducting additional research (APMB 695) during the January winter session or by substituting an elective course approved by the Graduate Program Director.
**GRE scores are waived for UMBC alumni applicants.
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