MS in Biomedical Sciences

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) is a 5 semester, research-intensive degree program. It requires completion of coursework, an independent laboratory research project under the direction of a faculty advisor, a written thesis, and an oral thesis defense. The first semester consists of laboratory rotations and a common core curriculum covering protein biochemistry, genetics and genomics, cell biology, and experimental design. After completion of the first semester, students choose a thesis mentor and one of the following eight tracks as their field of concentration:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biostatistics Cell and Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Experimental Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology (MCBP)
  • Neuroscience
  • Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology

A directory of potential research mentors can be found at the Explore Our Research llink.

No stipend support is available from the College of Graduate Studies for MSBS students. Federal financial aid, including work study may be available for eligible students. 

Application Requirements

Application is open December 1-June 1 each year. No single metric is used to assess applicants, but rather a broader picture of the candidate's qualities is considered by our admissions committee. As a guideline, candidates with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater in science courses or mathematics courses will be most competitive. Submission of a GRE score is not required but will be considered if submitted. Experience in research is desirable, although not required. For international students, a TOEFL score of at least 100 is required.

International Students

Several months may be required for securing needed information for processing an application from abroad, so foreign nationals are urged to submit complete information as early as possible. In addition to other official entrance credentials, those applicants whose native language is not English must submit the official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS score.) The TOEFL or IELTS score must not be more than two years old. Final consideration cannot be granted to an international student’s application for admission until these official scores are received by the Office of Enrollment Management. We are unable to provide stipend support or scholarships for international students in this program.

If an international applicant has graduated or will graduate from an institution that uses English as the language of instruction, the TOEFL may be waived upon request.

More application information here or contact

Dr. Laura Kasman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Director, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program