Medical Sciences, Master Degree

The Master of Science in Medical Sciences is a one-year program specifically designed to provide students with a structured opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will prepare them for the challenges of applying to and succeeding in medical, dental, and other professional schools. The program contains didactic coursework at the graduate professional level, professional skills development sessions, standardized test preparation, and clinical exposures to form a complementary skill set to those that have been acquired at the undergraduate level. Graduates of this program will also be academically prepared to enter industrial or academic technical positions requiring a biomedical sciences background.

We expect this program to enhance students’ success at professional school acceptance, but please note that successful completion of this program is in no way a guarantee of an interview or acceptance into professional school at MUSC or anywhere else.

Requirements

Prerequisites for the program include obtaining at least a baccalaureate degree with coursework appropriate for admission to medical and other professional schools. For suggestions for coursework to take to apply to the College of Medicine at MUSC, please see the College of Medicine website.

For suggestions for coursework to apply to the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC, please see the College of Dental Medicine website.

Applicants should also have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or other required standardized test  (e.g. DAT) within two years of the date of matriculation. A GRE score will not be accepted. 

Application Process

Applications may be submitted at any time within the dates specified below. You need to fill in the application completely and arrange to have three letters of reference and copies of MCAT, or other standardized test, scores sent to the Office of Enrollment Management. You will also need to submit official transcripts from all prior institutions before an application will be considered complete. All applications to the College of Graduate Studies must be submitted online. Students interested in medical or dental schools are encouraged to apply. Students interested in other professions should inquire before applying. See the College of Graduate Studies website for contact information.

Previous MUSC Applicants

If you have previously applied to the medical or dental schools at MUSC within the past year, your previous AMCAS or AADSAS application will be evaluated and you do not need to fill out the reference letter section of the application. You will, however, need to submit the electronic application form and send in official transcripts for any coursework completed since your previous application. We would also appreciate you providing a short personal statement about why you are applying to this master’s program. You may use the same CollegeNet ID and password to apply for the master’s program as you used previously to apply to an MUSC professional school. Much of your information should pre-populate from your previous application. Make sure to update your contact information if it has been changed since you previously applied. If you have not previously applied to MUSC or it has been longer than one year since you applied, you must fill out all the information as described above in the Application Process section.

International Applicants

We regret that current regulations prevent us from offering this program to international applicants without a permanent resident visa due to its online component.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana.  Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.  

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Summer 2022  Regular Dec 1, 2021 April 15, 2022

(Next Program Start Date May 31, 2022)
The Master of Science in Medical Sciences is a one-year program specifically designed to provide students with a structured opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will prepare them for the challenges of applying to and succeeding in medical school and other professional schools. This on-site program contains didactic biomedical coursework at the professional level, professional skills development sessions, standardized test (e.g. MCAT or DAT) preparation, and clinical exposures to form a complementary skill set to those that have been acquired at the undergraduate level.

We expect this program to enhance students’ success at medical/professional school acceptance, but please note that successful completion of this program is in no way a guarantee of an interview or acceptance into medical/professional school at MUSC or anywhere else. We regret that current regulations prevent us from offering this program to international applicants without a permanent resident visa due to its online component.

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Admission to the M.S. in Medical Sciences

Prerequisites for the program include obtaining at least a baccalaureate degree with coursework appropriate for admission to the desired professional school. 

See suggestions for course work to take to apply to the College of Medicine at MUSC.

See suggestions for coursework to take to apply to the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC. (PDF)

Applicants should also have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or other appropriate standardized test, within two years of the date of matriculation to provide a baseline score. Applicants MUST provide an MCAT, DAT, or PCAT score with their application to be considered. A GRE score will not be accepted. Coursework in the program will include some standardized test preparation, tutoring, and strategies, but competitive applicants will have test scores at or above the 50th percentile. Students interested in Medical or Dental Schools are encouraged to apply. Students interested in other professions should inquire before applying. Applicants should know that the College of Medicine at MUSC accepts very few out-of-state students.

Estimated tuition and fees rates for the program and estimated cost of living information can be found on the Cost of Attendance and Budgets page of our site.

Apply here to the M.S. in Medical Sciences

 

More information for students interested in applying to Medical Schools.  

More information for students interested in applying to Dental Schools.

Contact

Maritza Dawkins-Holnes
Program Coordinator
College of Graduate Studies
843-876-2216

Laura Kasman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Director, Masters in Biomedical Sciences Programs
Co-Director, Master of Science in Medical Sciences
843-792-8117