(formerly the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program)
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 is twelve months (mid-May through mid-May). Each student is responsible for the completion of the requirements for Master of Science program in Medical Sciences listed below.
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, composite MCAT scores below 20 and individual subset scores below 6 are not competitive. Applicants interested in pursuing admission to dental school may substitute the Dental Admissions (DAT) exam. 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.
Students must complete the curriculum below with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to graduate:
|M.S. Degree Plan for Medical Sciences|
|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 5390.002, .003, .004, or .005||Special Problems: MCAT Prep¹‚³||2 SCH|
|MOMG 5201.002||Introductory Biochemistry²||2 SCH|
|BMSC 5301||Integrative Biomedical Sciences I: Principles of Biochemistry||3 SCH|
|BMSC 5302||Integrative Biomedical Sciences II: Molecular Cell Biology||3 SCH|
|BMSC 5303||Integrative Biomedical Sciences III: 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|
|CBIM 5400||Histology||2 SCH|
|BMSC 5304||Integrative Biomedical Sciences IV: Physiology||5 SCH|
|BMSC 5305||Integrative Biomedical Sciences V: 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|
|IPAN 5401||Structural Anatomy||5 SCH|
¹Special Problems: MCAT Prep is required of all students in the Medical Sciences program. Students who have earned a score of 28 or higher or who have completed an MCAT prep course within the last six months may petition for a waiver of this requirement. To petition for a waiver, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The course will be graded Pass/Fail.
²Introductory Biochemistry is an optional course that students may elect to take to review basic biochemistry. The course will be graded Pass/Fail.
³When completing the TMDSAS application, these courses are considered non-science.
This program has been very successful in assisting students to better their chances for acceptance into medical school. In the class that graduated in 2012, 75% of students who matriculated graduated with a Master of Science degree. 60% of these 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, and University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, in addition to several out-of-state schools.
Please contact the recruitment office at email@example.com or 817.735.2560 with any questions.