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.
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 2.5 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.
For more information about the MSBS program, please completion our Request Information form.
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences