Master of Science Degree in Medical Sciences

(formerly the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program)

Patricia Gwirtz, PhD, FACC, Graduate Advisor

Center for BioHealth Building, CBH 345 | Phone: 817-735-2079 | E-mail: Patricia.Gwirtz@unthsc.edu ;
For Admissions Questions, please e-mail gotogradschool@unthsc.edu

The Master of Science (MS) program in Medical Sciences is a specialized master’s program designed to provide additional opportunities to those individuals who would like to enhance their credentials for entry into medical, dental, physician assistant (PA), chiropractic, pharmacy, physical therapy or other professional school. This is achieved by offering a strong, challenging biomedical sciences curriculum in the environment of a health science center. The average time to complete the program is twelve months (mid-May through mid-May). Students are only admitted in the summer semester.

Medical Sciences Specialized M.S.

2-Year Research Track Option

The successful applicant to the Medical Sciences Research Track will have excelled in the requirements for the Medical Sciences degree and expressed a strong interest in anatomy education and/or research.  Interested students will interview with anatomy faculty and create a project proposal outline prior to transfer into this track.

In addition to the Medical Sciences curriculum, students will undertake a combination of additional courses and independent project(s), and produce a practicum report on the latter.  Students will work with an advisory committee for the production of the practicum report.

Opportunities for Graduates in Medical Sciences:

The MS in Medical Sciences program responds to the need for generalist graduate study in the medical sciences to provide students with the background required for the pursuit of a variety of careers in the health professions.  It is a broad-based curriculum that can provide the student with requirements to pursue medical school, dental school, veterinary school, advanced graduate education, or enter a career in allied health sciences, such as public health and health care administration, clinical research, or in non-research positions including managerial and biotechnology patent law, teaching, and medical writing.

Admissions Requirements for M.S. Degree Plan for Medical Sciences:

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.

We have a holistic admissions process and consider additional factors such as recommendation letters, career goals, and volunteer/clinical experience in addition to academic performance and graduate admission test scores.

If an applicant has been admitted to the M.S. in Medical Sciences Program, and plans to retake the MCAT/DAT/GRE for future health professional school admissions, he/she should sit for the exam no later than August during 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. In the class that graduated in 2016, 88% of students who matriculated graduated with a master’s degree. Approximately 82 percent of these were successful in gaining admission into medical, dental, or physician assistant schools in the State of Texas and across the United States.

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

This page was last modified on September 11, 2018