Lipscomb's Master of Science in Biomolecular Science

Designed to prepare you for success.

Advanced biotech jobs are on the rise and make up one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. In fact, Tennessee ranks sixth in the nation in biotechnology jobs. Lipscomb’s Department of Biology is growing its graduate program to include a new master’s degree that will help position you for greater opportunities within your career.

From paternity testing to DNA forensic evidence, from cancer research to infectious diseases, the master’s program in biomolecular science prepares you to work in some of the hottest areas in laboratory science. The skills learned in this master’s program – which has a unique emphasis on laboratory techniques common in the biotech sector – will allow anyone with a biological sciences background to move into a number of growing career fields.

This program is a 33-hour, non-thesis professional master’s degree and can be completed in as little as 12 months. It is offered in eight-week blocks (with five blocks per calendar year) and you may enter the program each year in June, August or January. Classes will be offered during the evenings to accommodate busy working professionals, with lecture courses meeting twice each week (6-8:20 p.m.) and labs meeting once each week (6-9:50 p.m.). 

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If you have any questions or are ready to join the exciting cohort of students, contact Emily Tjahjono at 615.966.5330 or by e-mail at

Program of Study

The degree is delivered in the evening, and consists of five, eight-week long blocks. Students enroll in two courses per block with lecture classes meeting two nights a week (6–8:20 p.m.) and labs meeting one night a week (6–9:50 p.m.).

Core Courses = 15 hrs
BMS 5103 Introduction to Research
BMS 5113 Biomolecular Laboratory I
BMS 5213 Biostatistics (spring only)
BMS 5223 Ethics in Science and Biotechnology (fall only)
BMS 5503 Capstone Project
Laboratory Research Track = 15 hrs
BMS 5123 Biomolecular Laboratory II
BMS 5143 Applied Laboratory Methods
4 elective courses in Science
Human Disease Track = 18 hrs
BMS 5203 Scientific Communication
BMS 5463 Clinical Research
4 elective courses in Biomolecular Sciences