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Molecular Science (Msc, PhD)

Part of the Faculty of Science

Molecular Science student testing samples in lab environment

Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Science or PhD

Spanning the boundaries of modern chemistry and biology, this unique, research-intensive program provides innovative professional training for tomorrow’s scientific leaders. Students benefit from faculty experts in a wide variety of fields, a supportive entrepreneurial community and research partnerships with industry, government and hospitals. Rigorous, real-world courses prepare graduates for rewarding careers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and environmental sectors.

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Leslie Bone working with fluorescent liquids in molecular lab

At a Glance


  • Bachelor of Science degree in biological, biochemical or chemical science
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Two references from former instructors or research supervisors


  • Master of Science degree in molecular science or a related discipline
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.67/4.33 (A-) in courses credited to the master’s degree
  • Three references from academic referees
  • Evidence of research potential (e.g., master’s thesis or peer-reviewed publication)

Applicants may be required to provide certification of English language proficiency. For more information, review the Yeates School of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

  • Biomedical and Biomolecular Interactions
  • Cells, Genes, Molecules
  • Ecology and Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Materials and Food Chemistry
  • Molecular Physics
  • Pathogens and Infection
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Water, Energy and Environmental Change
  • Advanced Microscopy and Imaging
  • Advanced Structure Determination
  • Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis
  • Genomics and Proteomics
  • Molecular Machines of the Cell

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Russell Viirre
Graduate Program Director
PhD, University of Western Ontario
Research areas: Synthetic organic chemistry, enantioselective catalysis, medicinal chemistry, Molecular probe synthesis and properties, cystic fibrosis drugs.
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4951
Fax: 416-979-5343

Sarah Kovacs
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2759
Fax: 416-979-5153

“The Molecular Science program at Ryerson has really allowed me to develop my own thesis research and encouraged collaboration with other labs. With the support of my supervisors and colleagues, there is a true sense of community here.”

Leslie Bone, PhD alumna

Student Profile

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student working at a desk

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.