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Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences


The MS in Biomedical Sciences (MBS) program is a one-year, 36-hour, non-thesis degree program designed specifically for individuals who are seeking careers in healthcare. Many students enter college with dreams of pursuing medical school, dental school, physician assistant studies, or other advanced degree programs within the healthcare arena. This program is designed to bolster the biomedical foundation and to improve the academic profile of students who may lack the requisite G.P.A. and/or score on the standardized admissions exam to successfully qualify for acceptance. In addition to preparing students for the professional study of medicine and other healthcare careers, a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences may help individuals already engaged in allied health professions (neurodiagnostic technology, radiologic technology, respiratory care, etc.) qualify for leadership positions in hospitals, clinics, and the biomedical industry. Finally, MBS graduates will also be poised to pursue positions in science education.

One of the driving forces for development of the master’s program in Biomedical Sciences is to prepare students for professional roles in the expanding healthcare industry. This program will serve to increase the depth and breadth of the student’s biomedical education to better enable the student to compete for admission to graduate healthcare programs, to advance within allied health fields, and to qualify for positions in teaching, research, and biomedical/pharmaceutical sales. For more information regarding this degree program, please contact Dr. Brian Adams at

Admission Requirements

  1. In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Department accepts applications for admission from students without regard to ethnicity, race, color, sex, age, disability status, or national origin.
  2. Applicants must first be admitted to Graduate Studies. Admission documents must be sent to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, University of Holy Cross, 4123 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131.

    To be considered for admission to the Program for the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, applicants must submit the following no later than 30 days prior to the start of the Summer session (see Admissions Requirements):
    1. A completed official graduate online application form;
    2. Payment of a one-time, non-refundable graduate application fee;
    3. Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and/or graduate course work with documentation that a baccalaureate degree has been awarded by a university or college approved by a recognized regional accrediting agency in the United States, or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university. Transcripts are to be sent from the institutions attended directly to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs;
    4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), or Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score;
    5. Completed immunization form or waiver;
    6. Three references letters from professors, physicians, or other appropriate professionals who can speak to your potential to succeed in a graduate program. Two of the letters must be from previous science professors.
    7. A current resume or CV highlighting past education, relevant work experience, and extracurricular activities;
    8. Personal goal statement of at least 500 words.

Admission Criteria*

  1. Minimum G.P.A. of 2.75;
  2. Completion of the following prerequisite courses:
    • Biology: 16 credit hours (including 8 hours in Anatomy and/or Physiology)
    • General/Inorganic Chemistry: 8 credit hours
    • Organic Chemistry: 4 credit hours
    • Physics: 8 credit hours
    • Math: 6 hours
  3. Participation in interview process with admissions committee.

* Admissions to the master’s program in Biomedical Sciences is competitive, and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Depending upon the applicant’s academic record, a candidate without completion of all prerequisites may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis if the candidate has either taken equivalent courses or arrangements are made for completion of the prerequisite courses before or during matriculation in the graduate program at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Additional MBS Materials

M.S. in Biomedical Sciences Curriculum Guide

Biomedical Sciences Course Descriptions

Biomedical Sciences Student Handbook

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