Application Deadlines

The application to the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program will open on November 1, 2016, and applications will be accepted through June 15, 2017. DMU utilizes rolling admission, therefore it is recommended you apply and submit application materials early in the cycle.

Application Steps

We prefer to receive letters of recommendation electronically.

Letter writers may upload directly to the DMU website via the link below:

Test scores and official transcripts should be mailed to:

MSBS Admissions
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312

All materials related to an application for admission become the property of Des Moines University upon receipt and will not be returned or released to the applicant either in original or photocopy form.

Applicants may only apply to one Des Moines University program at a time.

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Selection criteria

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a superior ability in the biological and chemical sciences throughout their undergraduate and graduate course work and standardized test results. Letters of recommendation also are used to assess a candidate’s potential for graduate study. The objective is to select students who are not only intellectually capable, but who also possess investigative skills and an inquisitive mind.


Applicants who have previously submitted an application for admission may choose to use their personal statement, letters of recommendation and test score from the previous application, or submit an updated personal statement, additional letters of recommendation and a new test score at the time of reapplication. These applicants are however required to submit a new application form, the application fee, transcripts of any courses taken since the last application was submitted and a letter requesting to have their application reactivated.

Personal interview

Competitive candidates for admission will be invited to Des Moines University to tour the facilities, meet faculty and graduate students and have a formal interview.

Note: If you are an international student, please refer to our international student information pages.

Accommodations in education policy

The University complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Iowa Civil Rights Act and other laws relating to the accommodations of disabilities in its educational programming.

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Additional information

Personal statement

Applicants must prepare a one to three page personal statement describing why they are interested in a master of science in biomedical sciences, the particular field of study, and why they would like to attend Des Moines University.

Application fee

The nonrefundable application fee is $60. Applications received without the application fee will not be processed. The fee may be paid by credit card online or by calling our accounting office at 515-271-1530. You can also submit a check or money order for payment.

Make checks payable to Des Moines University.

Letters of recommendation

On the application, indicate names of three people who will submit a letter of recommendation appraising your potential to succeed in the Des Moines University master’s degree program. Letters must be on letterhead and come from professors who have given you a grade in a course on your transcript.


Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended are required. All transcripts must be official and sent from the registrar’s office.

Photocopied transcripts, faxed transcripts or student or web-accessed versions of transcripts will not be accepted.

GRE, MCAT or DAT scores

An official score report from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test, Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Dental Admission Test (DAT) is required. Photocopies of official score reports are not acceptable.

TOEFL scores

In addition to admission requirements, applicants who are not native speakers of English must satisfy an adequate command of the English language. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or other evidence of English proficiency are required. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 points on the written exam, 213 on the computerized exam, or 69-70 on the internet-based exam is required. Individual graduate programs may require scores higher than the minimums stated. For more information about the TOEFL, visit or contact ETS. The TOEFL requirement is waived for applicants who have received a degree from an institution where instruction was conducted in English.