Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

Message from the Dean

Michel Baudry, PhD

These are exciting times.

Scientific advances are moving at an unprecedented pace and it is now conceivable to think that the next generation of graduate students will revolutionize the way diseases are going to be treated as well as the way health care is going to be delivered. The Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences (GCBS) is committed to train this next generation of students and to provide them the experience, background and skills they will need to be the leaders in this revolution.

These are challenging times.

We are entering in what some called the knowledge economy and there is a need to develop new ways of educating and training graduate students who will combine the understanding of the basic research process with the skills and tools to translate fundamental discoveries into real-world applications. GCBS is proposing innovative programs designed to address these challenges.

The GCBS will train highly skilled, dedicated and caring biomedical researchers and future practitioners for entry into academia, industry or the medical professions. To that end, the GCBS strives to graduate humanistic professionals who will produce new biomedical knowledge and practice their healthcare professions with a deeper and broader understanding of the dynamic sciences underlying the treatment of patients.

Three individual programs are offered:

  1. MSBS Program: Emphasizing interdisciplinary study, WesternU’s two-year Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) thesis program will expose you to cutting-edge areas of biomedical research and study, including virology, genetics, neurobiology, pharmacology, and biological systems in human disease.
  2. MSPS Program: WesternU’s two-year Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) will prepare you to ask salient questions in the pharmaceutical sciences and use your knowledge and research skills in this focused research area. You will become a creative scientific problem solver, whether you work in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, or public or private research. This program is currently administered within the College of Pharmacy. (http://prospective.westernu.edu/pharmaceutical-sciences/curriculum)
  3. MSMS Program: Our newest program in the GCBS is the Master of Sciences in Medical Sciences (MSMS) Program. This program will prepare qualified pre-health professional students who have obtained a baccalaureate degree in a rigorous inter-professional environment for successful application to professional programs, both external and internal. We are particularly interested in a broad application pool for this program and are welcoming applications from members of groups underrepresented in the health professions.

We are also working diligently to create a new PhD Program in Applied Biomedical Sciences that will expand the existing Master Programs and open new opportunities for Western University graduate students.

The College has as its major objective:

  • To provide top quality educational programs in graduate medical sciences to enable graduates to obtain the best career opportunities for themselves, that meet the needs of the State of California and the Western United States; and
  • To link medically-relevant educational and medical sciences research programs in a learner-centered environment.

I invite you to explore our web site to learn more about biomedical research, our College and the MSBS, MSMS and MSPS programs.



Michel Baudry, PhD