Here you will find information about the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences and the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program. If you are interested in applying for admission to the MSBS program, visit the Prospective Students Welcome page.
The major focus of the Master of Science (MS) program in Biomedical Sciences is to provide students with a strong research focus, training and skills in order to prepare them for careers in academia, the biotech industry, or in public/private research institutions. In addition, the MSBS program prepares students to apply for Ph.D. programs in a variety of biological and biomedical science fields.
A minimum of 40 semester credit hours is required for completion of the MS program. This includes 34 hours of didactic study (both required and elective courses) and 6 hours of research credits leading towards a thesis. The program emphasizes research in the Biomedical Sciences. Please see Curriculum for more information.
The Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences has a core group of Faculty. In addition, the College draws upon faculty from Western University's other Colleges, as well as outside institutions, for both classroom instruction and laboratory supervision.
Application and Admission Requirements
Graduates with a BS or BA degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biology or a related scientific area are eligible for admission into the Master's program. Please see Requirements for Prospective Students for more information.
Financial support, which includes a stipend and full waiver of tuition, is available to qualified applicants on a limited competitive basis in the form of teaching and research assistantships. Support is for 12 months (including summers) and is limited to two years for any student. Students may also receive a travel stipend which allows for travel to national meetings.
A maximum of 10 graduate credits in which the student has earned an "A" from an equivalent program from another university will be honored towards the MSBS degree for students admitted into the MSBS program. The Graduate Dean must approve all transfer credit and their decision is final.
For successful completion of the MSBS program, the faculty of the College has established guidelines and requirements in addition to the course requirements listed above. Minimum requirements for graduation with a MSBS include:
- A minimum grade of 2.0 in each graduate courses taken in the program
- Average of a 3.0 GPA grade in the overall coursework for the program
- Satisfactory completion and oral defense of a written thesis and program approved coursework
- Completion of the program within a minimum of two, maximum of three calendar years.
The thesis will be based on a research project that the student will work on during the MSBS program. The faculty advisor will help the student select a topic and mentor the student in his/her progress. MSBS candidates are required to present a written report of the thesis and present it to the thesis committee for approval. The committee consists of three faculty members (faculty advisor and 2 other faculty). In addition, students will be required to defend their thesis via an oral presentation of the content at the end of their program. The oral defense may also include questions based on the required course work completed by the student. The defense committee will consist of the thesis committee and an external member from within WesternU faculty whose role will be to ensure that the defense is conducted fairly. Candidates who successfully complete this portion will be conferred the MSBS degree by WesternU.
A fee will be charged to the student for microfilming and preparing copies of the thesis for committee members.
Advisor roles: The faculty advisor serves as the Chair of the student's Thesis Committee and helps the student in their choice of electives and research projects/thesis topic. The Chair is responsible for the satisfactory academic progress of the student, and must hold committee meetings with the student quarterly.
Selection of a faculty advisor: Students will select a faculty advisor during the first semester following admission to the program and must remain with that advisor for the duration of the degree program.