Master of science in Biomedical Sciences

Focused on you and your goals

Rigorous, engaging and in-depth: DMU's M.S.B.S. program will prepare you for a rewarding career of investigating questions.

Des Moines University’s Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program immerses students in research that generates knowledge and new solutions to benefit the health of people around the world, offering research opportunities in biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology and pathology. The program matches individuals with mentor-investigators who help prepare them for careers in a wide variety of fields, including medicine, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and government.

The DMU Advantage:

The DMU Advantage:


comprehensive knowledge of the human body


strong critical thinking and analytical skills


for excellent professional programs


closely with classmates and expert faculty

Program Highlights

The two-year M.S.B.S. program offers opportunities for research in biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology and pathology. Students are required to complete a total of 46.5 credit hours and a thesis. M.S.B.S. students also gain rich and rigorous experience in presenting their research.

  • Learn from the best

    The DMU faculty are excellent educators who are committed to student success. They have diverse interests and areas of expertise. Every student has an assigned faculty advisor, but all faculty have “open doors” for students’ questions and conversations. The relatively small size of the program means you will benefit from the personal attention, scientific knowledge and professional guidance of these educator-scholars.

    Areas in which faculty have expertise and conduct research include

    – Bacteriology, parasitology and virology
    – Cancer
    – Cardiovascular, renal and metabolic disease
    – Depression, mood disorders and chronic pain
    – Immunity and inflammation
    – Molecular and cellular pharmacology
    – Neuroscience
    – Substance abuse
    – Vascular biology
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  • Innovative teaching

    The M.S.B.S. program is offered by DMU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine; its students take many of the courses in their first year with medical students. The program’s didactic curriculum provides a translational experience by combining clinical course work with small-group discussions in basic science.

    Given DMU’s highly engaging research environment, students are members of research teams that often have their work published in scientific journals. Students in the program also are provided with financial support to present their research at national conferences.

    For students who want to become health care providers, the M.S.B.S. degree is a plus on applications for professional programs. The program is directly relevant to human health, the prevention and treatment of disease and the advancement of health care and human safety.

  • Innovative teaching

    The program is available as a dual degree for students in DMU’s osteopathic and podiatric medical degree programs.
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Meet Your Faculty

We are committed to training competent, passionate professionals. Our expert faculty make DMU a powerful place to learn.

Dakota Nerland, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences

“I would not change my experience in the MSBS program for anything. This program helped me to succeed in ways that I never thought I could. I have become a much more confident individual and I feel that the faculty and staff here never cease to make me feel supported in my goals.”

Dakota Nerland, D.O., M.S.B.S. student

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