Medical Sciences, Master Degree

Next Program Starts May 31, 2022

  • Streamlined application process with an AMCAS or AADSAS.

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 or dental schools. The program contains didactic coursework at the graduate professional level, professional skills development sessions, clinical research training, 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 support positions related to clinical and translational research.

Please note that successful completion of this program is in no way a guarantee of an interview or acceptance into a professional school at MUSC or any other institution, however to date, 84% of our graduates who applied to professional school were accepted within one year. See our program statistics and FAQ for details.

The curriculum for the Master of Science in Medical Sciences requires the courses below taken over three consecutive semesters and does not require a thesis. In addition, optional coursework may be made available to students in the program depending on availability and interest.

 

Year Semester Course Credit Hours

1 Summer BSC-720 Biochemistry 4
BSC-700 Histology 4
BSC-706 Professional Development 1
BSC-710 Clinical Exposures 1
MCR-789-08 Core Clinical Research Training 1
Total Semester Hours 11

1 Fall BSC-702 Anatomy 4
CGS-700 Biostatistics 4
BSC-708 Grand Rounds 1
BSC-750 Caring for the Community 2
Total Semester Hours 11

1 Spring BSC-710 Clinical Exposures 1
BSC-714 Immunobiology 4
BSC-716 Medical Microbiology 4
MCR-736 Clinical Epidemiology 3
Total Semester Hours 12

Description

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 and other professional schools. Graduates of this program will also be academically prepared to for employment as a Clinical Trial Coordinator. The program contains didactic coursework at the graduate professional level, professional skills development sessions, clinical research ethics training, and clinical exposures to form a complementary skill set to those that have been acquired at the undergraduate level.

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 Dental Admissions Test (DAT) within two years of the date of application. A GRE score will not be accepted. 

Application Process

Applications may be submitted at any time within the dates specified below. If you have not applied to medical school or dental school in the past year, you need to fill in the application completely and arrange to have two letters of reference sent to the Office of Enrollment Management. You will also need to submit unofficial copies of MCAT or DAT scores and 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.

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

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.

Scholarship Eligibility

MUSC offers scholarships for which you may be eligible. Some are awarded based on academic achievement; others are awarded based on community service, for example. However, the majority of scholarships awarded at MUSC are based on financial need. This means those scholarships are only awarded to students who need some financial assistance to cover the cost of tuition and fees. If you would like to be considered for a financial need-based scholarship, you must have an up-to-date Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. Make sure you list Medical University of South Carolina on your FAFSA form, along with MUSC’s code: 003438. We encourage you to submit the FAFSA as early as possible. It is recommended to submit the FAFSA in January if you plan to enroll in the Fall.

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Summer 2023  Regular Dec 1, 2022 April 15, 2023