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Master of Science in Biochemistry




What will I learn?

The Department of Biochemistry offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Both require the completion of a research program and the preparation of a thesis.

The Department of Biochemistry strives to train scientists with both a broad knowledge of the disciplines of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology. It also strives to develop critical and creative scholars who can communicate effectively.

The Department provides a world-class training environment in a broad range of topics.

The Department of Biochemistry is the primary home of the Groups on Membrane Protein Research, Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids, and the Signal Transduction Research Group. Many members of the Department are active in the Centre for prion and protein folding diseases, the Cardiovascular Research Centre (CVRC), the Alberta Diabetes Institute, the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, the Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI), and International Research Training Group (IRTG) in Membrane protein diseases.

The Department of Biochemistry is endowed with state-of-the art equipment and support facilities. Access to all major techniques utilized in modern biochemical, biophysical and molecular biological research is available to faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. The Department is also home to the National High Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Centre (NANUC).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$8,874.00 (US$ 6,619) per year
Thesis-Based yearly fee: CAN $8,874; Course-Based fee: CAN $1,901.52 per 3 credit course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 July 2023, 1 November 2023

Start date

5 January 2023


Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

2J2.00 WC Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre,

8440 112 St NW,


Alberta (AB),

T6G 2R7, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are normally required to have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. An admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full-time study (or equivalent) is required. English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Total score of 90 with a score of at least 21 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based) or equivalent; International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.5, with at least 5.5 on each test band; Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall 70 with at least 60 on each subtest; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - 61 with a minimum band score of 60.

For international students

The Department's minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.3 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution. The admission GPA will be calculated on the last 60 units of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework.

English language requirement:

  • TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or equivalent
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 on each academic test band).

The application deadlines: July 1 for September admission and November 1 for January admission.


About University of Alberta

One of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, the University of Alberta has an international reputation for academic excellence.

  • Ranked among top 100 universities in the world (CWUR, 2021)
  • 18 faculties, offering more than 200 undergraduate programs
  • Students from over 150 countries
  • 81st in the world for research impact (NTU Ranking 2019)

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