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

Students select a laboratory in their first year while completing the majority of their coursework. The second year focuses primarily on research and thesis. 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 49.5 credit hours (25 credit hours in the classroom and 24.5 credit hours of bench research and thesis). Students must obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 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: 49.5 credit hours

  • Biochemistry and molecular genetics – 4.5 credit hours
  • Biostatistics – 2 credit hours
  • Cell biology – 3 credit hours
  • Introduction to research – 3 credit hour
  • Immunology – 1.5 credit hours
  • Presentation of scientific information -1 credit hour
  • Research 17.5 credit hours
  • Responsible conduct in biomedical research – 1 credit hour
  • Scientific communication – 1 credit hour
  • Special topics – varied credit hours
  • Thesis – 7 credit hours


  • Clinical research methods and ethics -1 credit hour
  • Medical physiology – 6.5 credit hours
  • Microbiology – 4.5 credit hours
  • Special topics in microbiology – 3.5 credit hours
  • Special topics in pharmacology – 1.5 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.