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 philosophy of the MSBS program, which now has 4 different concentrations, is to provide students a strong scientific background as well as research or elective training to enable them to apply to most professional degree programs (MD/DO, optometry, dentistry, etc.), or to pursue a variety of careers in the biomedical field, including academia, the pharmaceutical industry, or public/private research institutions. Students will experience small classes that provide a mixture of didactic lectures as well as participatory group discussions. This educational process will develop both the necessary skills required to succeed in professional colleges as well as the ability to apply their knowledge to solve problems and to discuss issues related to modern biomedical sciences. Emphasizing interdisciplinary study, WesternU’s two-year Master of Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program offers four different concentrations
- Pre-Professional: to prepare students to enter professional colleges including MD, DO, PA and DDS.
- Research: to prepare students to pursue research careers in academic institutions or private companies.
- Career: to prepare students to enter the job market.
- Clinical Neurosciences: to help qualified candidates pursue professional careers in clinical and research neurosciences in collaboration with Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.*
A minimum of 40 semester credit hours is required for completion of the MSBS program. This is comprised a combination of coursework, which includes Core and Elective Courses, Research, Directed Readings, and/or Thesis credit. For the Research concentration, courses, laboratory experiences, research and thesis activities direct students towards learning to utilize laboratory equipment, gaining problem-solving skills, creating and executing experimental designs, performing data analysis, presenting research results in abstracts, publications, and an oral defense of a written thesis. The program emphasizes research in the Biomedical Sciences. Please see Curriculum for more information.
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.
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.
The Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences has a core group of Faculty. In addition, the College draws upon faculty from WesternU’s other Colleges, as well as outside institutions, for both classroom instruction and laboratory supervision.
Application and Admission Requirements
Students may apply up to 15 graduate level credits from another university, professional school or nationally accredited institution provided the student earned a grade of “B” or above. The Dean of GCBS must approve all transfer credit, and the decision of the Dean is final. Please see Requirements for Prospective Students for more information.
Students may apply up to 15 graduate level credits from another university, professional school or nationally accredited institution provided the student earned a grade of “B” or above. The Dean of GCBS must approve all transfer credit, and the decision of the Dean 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 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.
Ed Wagner, PhD
Director, Master of Sciences in Biomedical Sciences
Phone: (909) 706-5239