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

How long will it take?

2 years (or 4 semesters)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: May 15
  • Spring: September 1
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Medical Sciences in Biology, M.S.

The Master of Biology Medical Sciences Program (MBMS) is designed to help students be better prepared to apply to medical school and succeed in the tough first year of coursework.

Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree often encounter a “gap year” prior to applying to med school. They often need additional coursework and advising to enhance their application and make them more competitive in the selection process. Once they enter medical school, students often struggle with their first year of studies and wish they had taken key pre-med courses. The program consists of 40 credit hours of relevant courses that teach concepts and skills central to the practice of medicine.

The MBMS program focuses on:

  • Mastery of specific pre-med coursework that simulates first year medical school courses,
  • Advisement with the medical school application process, and
  • A capstone course that focuses on internships and clinical research.

For more information on the program, explore our frequently asked questions.

Medical Sciences in Biology, M.S.

The Master of Biology Medical Sciences Program (MBMS) is designed to help students be better prepared to apply to medical school and succeed in the tough first year of coursework.

Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree often encounter a “gap year” prior to applying to med school. They often need additional coursework and advising to enhance their application and make them more competitive in the selection process. Once they enter medical school, students often struggle with their first year of studies and wish they had taken key pre-med courses. The program consists of 40 credit hours of relevant courses that teach concepts and skills central to the practice of medicine.

The MBMS program focuses on:

  • Mastery of specific pre-med coursework that simulates first year medical school courses,
  • Advisement with the medical school application process, and
  • A capstone course that focuses on internships and clinical research.

For more information on the program, explore our frequently asked questions.

What does it cost?

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

How long will it take?

2 years (or 4 semesters)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

Learn more about the online program

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: May 15
  • Spring: September 1
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Program Highlights

The first three cohorts are reporting a 90% acceptance rate into medical school.

Many of the courses are taught using case-based or problem-based instruction methods. Medical schools are adopting case-based instruction methods. That means students who complete our MBMS program will have experience with this teaching format.  Demonstrating success in these courses is also designed to strengthen the credentials of the student applying to med school, potentially giving them an advantage over students who only take the minimum required courses set by various medical programs.

Careers

This program prepares students for the medical school application process as well as the first year of medical school. Students go on to become general practitioners, physicians, surgeons, or any other allied health professional.

Program Details

  • A strict minimum GPA of 3.30 (both cumulative and science). Scores below this cut off WILL NOT  BE  REVIEWED.
  • A minimum GRE score in the 40th percentile in all three categories, or a minimum MCAT score of 480.  DAT scores are not accepted. No exam score is required for applicants with a GPA greater than 3.5.
  • Upload ALL Official Transcripts of past academic performances.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • For non-native speakers of English, official scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • Completion of all of the premed prerequisites required by medical schools:
    One year of General Biology with labs,  one year of Physics, one year of English, and two years of Chemistry with labs (inclusive of Organic Chemistry) with a grade of C or better.  Most applicants have grades of B or better.  These cannot be online courses.
  • At least three letters of recommendation–two of which need to be from professors.
  • Select the concentration in Medical Science as your first choice
  • Complete Biol 7240, 7250 and 7800 with a grade no lower than a B.  Many applicants do not have these prerequisite premed courses, yet may be accepted into MBMS under CONDITIONAL STATUS with the contingency of completing these courses their FIRST semester of graduate school.  Candidates can take other graduate courses, but before they are formally accepted into MBMS, they must complete these prerequisite courses.  If comparable courses were taken as an undergraduate, they may be accepted as a substitution; however, this is subject to the discretion of the MBMS directors. Conditional students who do not fulfill the specifications of their acceptance will be terminated from the MBMS program.

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.

Prerequisites

  • Biol 7800 Cell Molecular Biology (3)
  • Biol 7240 Applied Medical Physiology (3)
  • Biol 7250 Human Physiology Lab (1)

Required Seminar Courses (2 CH)

  • Biol 8700 Graduate Seminar (2 CH)

Premed Science Elective Courses (28 hours). Choose from the following:

  • Biol 6687 Surgical Anatomy (4)*
  • Biol 6685 Functional Histology (4)
  • Biol 6686 Pathophysiology (4) * required for Clinical Internship
  • Biol 6246 Advanced Human Physiology (4)
  • Biol 6930 Orthopedic and Osteopathic Medicine (4)
  • Biol 6428 Medical Microbiology (4)
  • Biol 6115 Medical Neurobiology (4)
  • Biol 6278 Immunology (4)
  • Biol 6074 Developmental Biology (4)
  • Biol 6240 Endocrinology (4)
  • Biol 6232 Cancer and Cell Cycle (4)
  • Biol 6284 Medical Biochemistry (4)
  • Biol 6248 Cell Physiology (4)
  • Biol 6675 Virology (4)
  • Biol 6102 Neurobiology (4)
  • Biol 6800 Advanced Cell Biology (4)
  • Biol 6241 Hormones and Behavior (4)
  • Biol 6580 Microbial Pathogenesis (4)
  • Bio 6545 Bioethics (4)
  • KH 8385 Obesity and Related Diseases (3)
  • KH 8771 Cardiovascular Physiology (3)
  • KH 8770 Neuromuscular Physiology (3)
  • KH 8773 Chronic Disease & Myopathies (3)
  • Biol 6102 Neurobiology (4)

*Physician’s Assistant Admissions require 4 credit hours of a physiology and lab course and 4 credit hours of an anatomy course/lab.  Biol 7240/7250 and Biol 6687 Surgical Anatomy would meet these requirements.  Check with your institution to verify prerequisite requirements as these may differ.

Additional Elective Courses (6 hours).Choose from the following:

  • GERO 7200 Health and the Older Adult (3)
  • GERO 8320 Psychology of Aging (3)
  • PH 7011 Intro to Epidemiology (3)
  • Biol 7021 Infectious Disease and Society (3)
  • HA 8160 Intro to Health Care System (3)
  • HA 8190 Health Policy & Ethics (3)
  • NUTR 6500 Macronutrients (3)*
  • NUTR 6700 Micronutrients (3)*
  • NUTR 7280 Nutritional Genomics (3)*
  • Biol 6744 Biostatistics or PH 7017 Fundamentals of Biostatistics (3)
  • Chem 6610 Biochem II (3)
  • CNHP 6010 Medical Terminology (3) online course
  • CNHP 7800 Interprofessional Collaboration for Advanced Practice (3)
  • CNHP 6400 Spanish for Healthcare Professionals (3)
  • CNHP 7810 Interpretation of Lab Values (3) online course
  • CNHP 6900 EKG Interpretation (3) online course
  • CNHP 8000 Trends Affecting Healthcare Policies (3) online course

*annotates prior approval from Nutrition Department required

Masters Non-Thesis Capstone (4 hours)

  • Biol 6916 (2 CH)
  • Biol 8880 (2 CH)

Graduate Teaching Assistantships
Students should contact an MBMS director or the graduate coordinator to attain a graduate teaching assistant position. Tuition waivers for teaching are highly competitive and require an 18 credit hour enrollment each semester of teaching (12 credits hours in the summer).

Description

PLEASE  NOTE  THAT  THESE  DEADLINES  DIFFER  FROM  THE  OTHER  MASTER’S DEGREE  CONCENTRATIONS!

Incomplete files, files that do not make the GPA and test score minimums, and/or files submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.  This a competitive program and applicants must meet the requirements listed above to be considered.  Selections are also based on enrollment capacity.

Current Georgia State master’s students seeking to switch into MBMS concentration must resubmit their application in the next cycle, specifying MBMS as their primary choice.   Their files will be reviewed alongside new applicants.  There is no guarantee of acceptance into the MBMS concentration.

Applicants who are accepted into the MBMS program, either full or on contingent basis, must notify the Graduate Office and Dr. Eilertson within 30 days of the date on the award letter to be put on the cohort roster.  Students must enroll in program courses the first semester as indicated in their award letter.  Those who do not declare acceptance will be dropped from the MBMS program and replaced with waitlisted students, per space availability.  Students who do not enroll in the first semester will have to reapply as spots are not held for any reason.

Contacts

Dr. Therese Poole
Co-Director
404-413-5339
tpoole@gsu.edu

Dr. Carmen Eilertson
Co-Director
404-413-5355
ceilertson@@gsu.edu

Robin Nguyen
Academic Services Coordinator
404-413-5430
rnguyen8@gsu.edu

Larialmy Allen
Graduate Student Coordinator
404-413-5405
lallen47@gsu.edu

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