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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Eligible students can earn the bachelor's and master's degrees in as little as five years.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Students may enter the program in spring, summer or fall.


Biology, B.S./Medical Sciences in Biology, M.S.

Dr. Carmen Eilertson
[email protected]

You can save a year of time and tuition money, all while preparing for the medical school application process through Georgia State University's Dual Degree program offering a bachelor's degree in Biology and master's in Medical Sciences in Biology (MBMS). Dual Degree (4+1 ) programs allow qualified students to count credits in their senior year toward their graduate degree as well.

Graduates of our MBMS program are well prepared for the medical school application process with a 90 percent acceptance rate for the first three cohorts in the program.

This 4+1 (Dual Degree) program allows students who have completed a bachelor's degree to avoid a “gap year” prior to applying to med school. It is also designed to help students be better prepared to succeed in the tough first year of coursework in medical school.

Not planning to apply for medical school? For information about the B.S./M.S. Dual Degree program in Biology, go to

Program Details

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application.

Find out more about applying

International students
International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

Learn more about the application process

Transfer students
If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation.

Dual Degree Admissions Requirements
This program offers rolling admissions deadlines and the graduate application fee is waived. To apply:
  1. Students must be a Biology major with at least 12 credit hours remaining in their degree and an overall GPA of 3.3 or more.
  2. Students must complete Biol 3240 and 3250 with a grade no lower than a B and be interviewed by Dr. Eilertson, a coordinator for the Medical Science concentration.
  3. Students must submit the online Dual Degree Program Application and receive notification from the college that Dr. Eilertson has approved the application. Information on how to enroll in the required graduate courses will be included in this notification.
  4. Students must take the following courses to count as a dual listing:  Biol 6687, 6686, and the capstone, and they must be taken immediately after taking Biol 3240.

All students who are desiring to take Biol 3240 and 3250 will have to wait for openings as I do not reserve seats for them.

The bachelor's degree program is a 120-credit-hour program. The master's degree program is a 40-credit-hour program.  In either the junior or senior year, undergraduate students in this dual-degree program can begin taking graduate-level coursework, which can be applied toward both the bachelor's degree program as well as the master's degree program.

Visit the catalog for more details of the master's level program.

  • Undergraduate students in dual undergraduate/graduate programs pay tuition at the undergraduate rate regardless of the course level. Undergraduate financial aid (for example, HOPE, Pell, SEOG) can be used toward specified graduate-level courses under these circumstances.
  • Graduate students in dual undergraduate/graduate programs pay tuition at the graduate or professional rate regardless of the course level. They are eligible for other sources of financial aid, including graduate assistantships and tuition waivers.
  • Students in dual graduate programs may be enrolled concurrently in two graduate or professional programs. In such cases, if the rate of tuition and fees for one program exceeds that of the other, the rates for all coursework will be set at the higher amount.

Graduates of the Medical Sciences concentration in Biology automatically become a more competitive candidate when applying to medical school. Graduates also complete the program better prepared for first-year med-school courses.

How to Register for Graduate Courses for Dual-Degree Program Students

  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your graduation plans and to review your remaining degree requirements. Click this link for information about how to make an appointment with them.
  • Meet with your dual degree faculty coordinator or his/her designee to discuss your progression in the dual degree program and graduate course enrollment options. View available course offerings.
  • If you plan to take a graduate course in the next upcoming term, fill out the Graduate Course Approval Form and email it to [email protected].
  • Register for the graduate course once you receive an email confirming your authorization. Review your academic evaluation to see where the graduate course counts. If you have questions about where your graduate course is counting on your academic evaluation, email your concerns to [email protected].

Career Outcomes

This Dual Degree program prepares students for the medical school application process as well as the first year of medical school.

Students go on to careers as:

  • general practitioners
  • physicians
  • surgeons
  • other allied health professionals

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Dr. Carmen Eilertson
[email protected]

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