To be considered for admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university from within the United States prior to the start of orientation, or meet the requirements of a specific articulation agreement.  Your undergraduate degree should be in the biological or physical sciences; however, applicants with non-science degrees will be considered if they have a strong science background.

Academic Requirements

A science GPA and cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher are recommended to be considered for admission. All prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally accredited institutions (or foreign equivalents). No grade lower than a C will be accepted for prerequisite coursework. CLEP credits, AP credits, IB credits and P/F credits will not be considered for prerequisites.

Optional Entrance Exams

Applicants have the option to supply results of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Dental Admissions Test (DAT) with their application.


The courses below are required for admission; you may apply while coursework is in progress.

  • Biology/zoology - 8 semester hours with lab
  • General chemistry - 8 semester hours with lab
  • Organic chemistry - 4 semester hours with lab
  • Biochemistry - 3 semester hours
  • Physics - 8 semester hours with lab (may substitute 3 semester hours of statistics)
  • English, English composition, speech or literature - 6 semester hours
  • Other recommended courses include cell biology, microbiology, immunology, physiology and anatomy

Permanent Residents

Applicants who are legal permanent residents of the U.S. will be required to provide a copy of their permanent resident card ("green card") prior to admission.
Note: Permanent residency status "pending," is not eligible for admission.

Non-U.S. Citizens

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are not eligible for admission to the Master of Science program.  Please review information for international students.

Technical Standards

Please see technical standards section of the catalog for more information. Further information about accommodations can be found in the Accommodations in Education Policy.

Background Checks

Accepted students are required to complete a criminal background check, which may include a drug screen, through the DMU preferred vendor. Results must be released to DMU prior to matriculation, and the cost of this process will be paid by the student. Students are required to disclose all past or present charges, convictions, dismissals, deferred judgments and expunged records as related to a misdemeanor or felony. They are also obligated to disclose any additional charges and convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check. Admission to the program may be revoked if misrepresentations or omissions from the application are noted in the background check. DMU students are required to complete annual criminal background checks, which may include drug screening, while enrolled at DMU.

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