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Des Moines University’s master of science in biomedical sciences program offers diverse opportunities in the specialties biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology and anatomy.

Students select a laboratory in their first year while completing the majority of their coursework. The second year focuses primarily on research. Throughout the program students enjoy beneficial learning and working relationships with each other and with faculty dedicated to their success.

The master of science in biomedical sciences program is a two year program which requires students to complete a total of 40 credit hours (25 credit hours in the classroom and 15 credit hours of bench research). Students must maintain a cumulative average of 80 percent or higher within the entire biomedical sciences curriculum and successfully write and defend a thesis to receive their masters degree from Des Moines University.

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Required coursework

Total credits to graduate: 40 credit hours

  • Biochemistry and molecular genetics – 5 credit hours
  • Biostatistics – 3 credit hours
  • Cell biology – 3 credit hours
  • Introduction to research – 1 credit hour
  • Microbiology/immunology or physiology – 6-7 credit hours
  • Presentation of scientific information -1 credit hour
  • Research - 15 credit hours
  • Responsible conduct in biomedical research – 1 credit hour
  • Scientific communication – 1 credit hour
  • Special topics – 3 or 4 credit hours
  • Thesis – 7 credit hours


  • Clinical research methods and ethics -1 credit hour
  • Pharmacology - 5 credit hours
  • Special topics in biochemistry – 3 credit hours
  • Special topics in microbiology – 4 credit hours
  • Special topics in physiology – 3 credit hours

Dual degree

D.O. and D.P.M. students who are accepted into the master’s degree program will take a one year leave of absence from their medical program following completion of part one of their boards.