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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.

More information on how to apply.

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

See application dates.

For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

  • 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

Molecular Science (MSc/PhD) graduate program calendar

Graduate Admissions

Admissions information and how to apply

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

For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.

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

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

“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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Graduate Academic Calendar

Find curriculum, course descriptions and important dates for Molecular Science (MSc/PhD).

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.


As an urban innovation university, Ryerson offers 60+ cutting-edge, career-oriented graduate programs, as well as 125+ research centres, institutes and labs, in a wide range of disciplines. Our close connections with industry, government and community partners provide opportunities to apply your knowledge to real-world challenges and make a difference.