The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program offers diverse opportunities in the specialties of biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology and pathology. Students are required to complete a total of 41.5-47.5 credit hours (including 16 research credits). Students select a laboratory in their first year while completing the majority of their course work. The second year focuses primarily on research and thesis. Throughout the program, students enjoy beneficial learning and working relationships with each other and with expert faculty dedicated to their success.

M.S.B.S. Non-Thesis Track

The curriculum includes course work with medical students in the first year followed by a research focus in the last three terms.  Students choose from a variety of courses to meet their selective requirements, which allows them to customize the degree to meet their educational needs. A summary of the M.S.B.S curriculum is provided below.

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Total credits: 41.5-47.5
Research credits: 16.0
Selective: 4.0-10.0*
*Flexibility to take multiple medical school courses

M.S.B.S. with Thesis

This option is for students who are interested in more in-depth study of a single research topic. Their work culminates in a thesis document, which they defend orally during the final term. A summary of the M.S.B.S. with thesis curriculum is provided below.

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Total credits: 46.5
Research credits: 16.0
Thesis credits: 9.0

Dual degree options

Option 1 (D.O.)

This option lets students combine the expertise gained in the master’s degree program with their clinical knowledge and practice, helping their patients and enhancing their professional options and career. The curriculum is designed to be completed in four years and one summer.

Option 2 (D.O. or D.P.M.)

Students can also enter the M.S.B.S. program after matriculation into their clinical program. This generally requires an extra year of study to complete the additional M.S.B.S. requirements.

For more information about these options, please visit the dual degree page.

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