Medical Science



2019-20 Student Handbook for Medical Science

The Master of Science (MS) program in Medical Science 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, pharmacy, 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.

Admissions Requirements for Medical Science

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). 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 Medical Science program and plans to retake the MCAT/DAT 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.


Students must complete the curriculum below with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to graduate:
M.S. Degree Plan for Medical Science

BMSC 5100
Application Workshops³
BMSC 5400
BMSC 5201
Clinical Practice Preceptorship³
BMSC 5390.001
Special Problems: Health Disparity Research and Education³
BMSC 5202, 5203 or 5204

MCAT Prep, DAT Prep or GRE Prep¹

MIMG 5225.002
Introductory Biochemistry²
7-11 SCH
BMSC 5301
Principles of Biochemistry
BMSC 5302
Molecular Cell Biology
BMSC 5303
Immunology and Microbiology
BMSC 5231
Introduction to Health Disparities/Issues in the United States³
BMSC 5350
Principles of Epidemiology and Evidence-based Medicine³
PHAN 5400
15 SCH
BMSC 5304
BMSC 5305
BMSC 5121
Issues for Responsible Clinical Research³
BMSC 5312
Introduction to Clinical Research & Studies³
PHAN 5401
Gross Anatomy
17 SCH
Total SCH
39-43 SCH

¹MCAT/DAT 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 2017, 88% of students who matriculated graduated with a master’s degree. Approximately 82 percent of these were successful in gaining admission into medical or dental schools in the State of Texas and across the United States.

Please contact the recruitment office at or 817.735.2789 with any questions.

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.

For More Information:


Phone: 817-735-2789

Associate Dean for Education

Patricia Gwirtz, PhD, FACC, Graduate Advisor
Center for BioHealth Building, CBH 345

Program Director

Lisa Hodge, PhD
Education and Administration Building 324-A


Medical Science Specialized M.S. Option

2-Year Research Track Option

The successful applicant to the Medical Science Research Track will have excelled in the requirements for the Medical Science 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 Science 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.


This page was last modified on February 18, 2020