Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

Masters, Biomedical Sciences (MSBS)

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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.

Program Description

Emphasizing interdisciplinary study, this two-year Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program will provide you the opportunity to fully customize and design a unique curriculum across many different biomedical disciplines. You will also have an opportunity to obtain internships in Southern California companies and organizations as well as the opportunity to study abroad in France. This cutting edge program prepares you for numerous exciting and rewarding careers in Health Care Bioinformatics, Biomedical Intellectual Property, Regulatory Sciences; Food and Nutrition Science, and Translational Sciences.

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.

Program Objectives

A flexible biomedical health science graduate program designed to educate post-graduate students in the principles and experimental methodologies of biomedical sciences, as they relate to human and animal health and disease. Graduates will develop the requisite critical thinking skills and knowledge to become leaders in biomedical research, academia, or biomedical companies.

Health and Nutrition Sciences:  Evaluate nutritional care and patient nutritional needs through the application of biomedical science and biochemistry. Design methods to maintain optimum health with an emphasis on the role of nutritional therapies in the prevention and treatment of diseases.

Regulatory Sciences:  Manage regulatory processes involved in FDA approval for products and therapies.  Oversee and implement compliance for biochemical/molecular therapies and/or additional biomedical products and services in healthcare.

Translational Sciences: Implement bench to bedside roadmaps, including pre-clinical and clinical studies, new drug applications, and working in private contract research organizations.  

Clinical Sciences:  Manage and develop clinical research projects, including clinical trial studies. Collect and manage patient data, perform statistical analysis, participate in interpretation of data and preparation of manuscripts, grants and reports.  Maintain research records and experimental data in compliance with regulatory policies.

Biomedical Intellectual Property:  Perform searches of the patent database and identify existing claims in order to assess the novelty, usefulness and non-obviousness of an invention.  Facilitate biotechnology and pharmaceutical invention patenting, licensing and development.    

Healthcare Bioinformatics:  Lead the design, development, and application of informatics methods to support biomedical and healthcare data storage and analysis.  Employ technical and scientific knowledge in biomedical, statistical and computer science domains to address questions and research problems at the interface of personalized medicine.

Graduate students must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours, including 20 credit hours of the 7 core courses and 20 credit hours of the concentration-related courses. For the specialized concentrations, students will be required to complete 8-12 credit hours from technical skill courses and 8-12 credit hours from content specialization courses.

GCBS Concentration

Required Courses

Career Opportunities

Health Care Bioinformatics

Biomedical Statistics & Research Design II

      GCBS 5091

Health Informatics GCBS 5087

Bioinformatics Data Analyst

Computational Biologist

Healthcare Analyst

Bioinformatics Scientist

Biomedical Intellectual Property

Utility Patent Law Fundamentals

      GCBS 5025

Biotech & Pharm. Patenting & Licensing

      GCBS 5026

Patent Agent

IP Law Technical Specialist

Technology Transfer, Officer

Regulatory Sciences

Drug Regulatory Affairs

     GCBS 5501

Path to New Product Approval

     GCBS 6700

Regulatory Affairs Officer

Pharmaceutical Safety Officer

Product Development

Biomedical Consulting

Food and Nutrition Science

Nutrient Metabolism

     GCBS 5201

Institut Polytechnique LaSalle France

    GCBS 7000

Nutrigenomics Scientist


Clinical Nutritionist

Nutriceutical Science

Translational Sciences

Health Care Quality Systems & Standards

     GCBS 5501

Biomedical Statistics & Research Design II

Clinical Studies Manager

Biomedical Researcher

Laboratory Manager

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Program Faculty

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.

Transfer Credit

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.

Graduation Requirements

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 3.0 required for each course taken in the program, up to a maximum of two courses may be remediated for grades below a B
  • 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.

Contact Information

Tanisha Hampton,
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Phone: (909) 469-8439
FAX (909) 469-8750