Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP)

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Department offers a combined Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) in which well-prepared undergraduates can complete their B.S. and a research-based, Plan A Master’s degree in five years. The Plan A Master’s degree requires the completion of an original research thesis. Completion of this program will provide students with intensive didactic instruction and research experience in a specific area of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.



Both didactic coursework and progression in research that will count toward the completion of the M.S. degree can begin as early as the fall semester of the student’s fourth year within the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Bachelor’s degree program.  Students from any one of the BMB department undergraduate degree concentrations are encouraged to seek out this opportunity. Students will need to have completed 75 credits of course work, including 15 credits in upper division courses, maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.25 before they apply. In addition, a student must be working in a lab with a Principal Investigator (PI) who is willing to mentor their Plan A Master’s research thesis.


Detailed information regarding the program


Students must submit an “Intent to Apply” form by April 1st of the Spring semester of their Junior year. The form should be completed, signed, and submitted to the BMB office (MRB 111).


After the “Intent to Apply” form has been submitted, students must APPLY to the BMB AMP through the CSU graduate school website. The deadline for application is December 1st of the Fall semester of the student’s Senior year. Graduate applications will not be accepted earlier than one year prior to starting the graduate program.



Students must complete and submit the Request to Double Count Courses form to the Graduate School during their final undergraduate semester and prior to completing their undergraduate degree.