The Master of Science (ScM) is a two-year program that is perfect for students who wish to obtain a blend of coursework with rigorous training in laboratory research. Typically, ScM graduates continue their training in healthcare, or advanced Ph.D. graduate research study, or obtain positions in industry or government.
In the first year, the ScM program includes most courses of the Master of Health Science (MHS) program, which is focused around biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, reproductive biology, and the biology of disease and public health, combined with an additional laboratory component. The first-year laboratory component acquaints ScM students with basic research in the biomedical sciences through work under the guidance of a faculty member and introduces hands-on experience in laboratory research. In the second year, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, ScM students conduct independent, original research, which culminates in an ScM thesis. Students are also required to present their findings at a departmental retreat and/or national meetings. Additionally, ScM students have the opportunity to publish their results in peer-reviewed journals.
Admission to the second year of the ScM is based upon the student's academic performance and on the student’s ability to secure a lab placement. MHS students interested in transferring to the ScM are strongly encouraged to enroll in the MHS Student Research course (Course number = 120.821) or Advanced MHS Student Research (Course number = 120.825) during their MHS year. Lab placements are limited, and previous bench research experience is preferred.
Applicants interested in the in-person BMB Master’s programs may first apply to the MHS program. MHS students interested in transferring to the ScM program should take the appropriate courses and elective research options in the first year. MHS students may apply for transfer to the ScM at the end of the second term. Applicants who are certain they want to pursue a degree that includes conducting original research may apply directly to the ScM Program; certain requirements will still need to be met to qualify for the second year of the ScM.
All applications should be submitted through SOPHAS.
Required Application Materials
Official transcripts from EVERY college-level institution you attended (academic records from institutions outside the U.S. must undergo a credentials evaluation).
English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS), if applicable
Three letters of recommendation
Resume or curriculum vitae
Statement of Purpose and Objectives
Optional Application Materials
Standardized test score: a GRE or MCAT score is optional - the admission committees will make no assumptions if a GRE score is omitted from an application, but the inclusion of a good score may improve the application package of a candidate with deficiencies in some areas.
International Applicants are welcome and should review additional instructions for applying from outside the U.S.