Master of Science Degree in Medical Sciences

(formerly the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program)

[Fields of Study]

The Master of Science program in Medical Sciences is designed to provide additional opportunities to those individuals who would like to enhance their credentials for entry into medical school by offering a strong, challenging biomedical science core curriculum in the environment of a health science center.  The average time to complete the M.S. in Medical Sciences program is twelve months (mid-May through mid-May). Each student is responsible for the completion of the requirements for the program listed below.

Admissions Requirements:

Information on the application process may be found on the GSBS Admissions website.

For this program, and only this program, the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required instead of the Graduate Record Examination. While not the only criterion considered in acceptance into medical school, the applicant should have a competitive MCAT score before the application deadline. In general,  MCAT scores below 495 are not competitive. Applicants interested in pursuing admission to dental school may substitute the Dental Admissions exam (DAT). Applicants interested in pursuing admission to physician assistant programs may substitute the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Intentions to pursue these programs must be communicated clearly in the admission application.

If the applicant has plans to retake the MCAT/DAT/GRE for future professional school admissions, he/she should sit for the exam no later than August during the first semester of the year he/she enters the program.

Frequently Asked Questions – Admissions

Curriculum

Students must complete the curriculum below with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to graduate:

M.S. Degree Plan for Medical Sciences
Summer
BMSC 5100 Application Workshops³ 1 SCH
BMSC 5400 Biostatistics 4 SCH
BMSC 5201 Clinical Practice Preceptorship³ 2 SCH
BMSC 5390.001 Special Problems: Health Disparity Research and Education³ 1 SCH
BMSC 5202, 5203 or 5204 Special Problems: MCAT Prep, GRE Prep, or DAT Prep1 2 SCH
MMED 5225.002 Introductory Biochemistry² 2 SCH
 Total 8-12 SCH
Fall
BMSC 5301 Principles of Biochemistry 3 SCH
BMSC 5302 Molecular Cell Biology 3 SCH
BMSC 5303 Immunology 2 SCH
BMSC 5231 Introduction to Health Disparities/Issues in the United States³ 2 SCH
BMSC 5350 Principles of Epidemiology and Evidence-based Medicine³ 3 SCH
SARS 5400 Histology 2 SCH
Total
15 SCH
Spring
BMSC 5304 Physiology 5 SCH
BMSC 5305 Pharmacology 2 SCH
BMSC 5121 Ethical, Legal and Social Issues for Responsible Clinical Research³ 2 SCH
BMSC 5312 Introduction to Clinical Research & Studies³ 3 SCH
SARS 5401 Structural Anatomy 5 SCH
Total
17 SCH
Total SCH
38-42 SCH

¹MCAT/DAT/GRE Prep is required of all students in the Medical Sciences program. Each year, the associate dean will establish a threshold score and waive the requirement for any student whose score is above that threshold. The course will be graded Pass/No Pass.

²Introductory Biochemistry is an optional course that students may elect to take to review basic biochemistry. The course will be graded Pass/No Pass.

³When completing the TMDSAS application, these courses are considered non-science.

Program Success

This program has been very successful in assisting students to better their chances for acceptance into medical school. Approximately 75% of students who matriculated in Fall of 2016 have been accepted into medical/dental programs. These students were successful in gaining admission into medical school at UNT Health Science Center, University of Texas at Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas Tech University Health Science Center at El Paso, Texas A & M University Health Science Center, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Incarnate Word, and University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, in addition to several out-of-state schools. Out of those students who matriculated in Fall of 2015, approximately 90% have been accepted into medical/dental programs.

Please contact the recruitment office at gotogradschool@unthsc.edu or 817.735.2789 with any questions.

This page was last modified on September 7, 2017