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MS and MBS Program Description

Master of Science (MS) and Master of Biomedical Science (MBS) Programs: These parallel degree programs are offered by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences on the Newark campus of UMDNJ, and both may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.  The MS degree has a research thesis requirement. The MBS degree does not require a thesis, but does include a 2-credit research rotation.  The same courses are open to students enrolled in both programs.  You can find a comparison of all GSBS-Newark graduate programs here.

Degree Requirements

30 credits with a grade point average of “B” or better.

MS (Master of Science in Biomedical Science) - 25 credits of course work with a grade point average of “B” or better. Original laboratory research (5 credits) culminating in a written thesis acceptable to an advisory committee and the graduate school (thesis research option).

MBS (Master of Biomedical Science) - 30 credits of coursework and maintain a “B” average.

All master's students must take:

1.  Seminar in Biomedical Sciences (1 credit)

2.  Research in Biomedical Sciences – Research rotation – (2 credits)

3.  Any one of the following 3 options:

i) Fundamentals in Biomedical Sciences 1 (Fall) & 2 (Spring) – 6 credits over 2 semesters; one evening a week 6 – 9 pm.
ii) Molecular and Genetic Medicine – 7 credits, Fall semester with limited enrollment (for those contemplating application to Medical or Osteopathic Schools)
iii) Dental Physiology (Fall) - 5 credits, and Dental Biochemistry (Spring) - 4 credits; both with limited enrollment (for those contemplating application to Dental Schools).

Elective Courses as required to attain sufficient credits to graduate.  A complete list of available graduate courses can be found in the Spring and Fall Course Listings on the Course Information web page, and a simplified list of courses that are commonly take as electives by master's students can also be found here.  By selecting specific sets of elective courses, students can also complete a concentration within their Master's degree, with current offerings in Biodefense, Neuroscience, Oral Biology, Pharmacological Sciences and Stem Cell Biology.

Example Curricula

Each student is provided with an individualized program tailored to their requirements.  The programs may be completed by full-time students in one year, depending on preparation and goals.  Average time for completion is 3 semesters. Students will be advised to maximize their competitive position for pursuing their goals. Students with interest in Public Health or Business Administration should consider a dual degree MS/MBA or MBS/MPH program.  Examples of individualized curricula:

Medical Scholars Program for those with interest in medical school

Dental Schlars Program for those with interest in dental school

Other Biomedical Career Interest*

Students may also pursue these different interest areas on a part-time basis.

*Other biomedical career interests include doctoral research (PhD), other professional schools, pharmaceutical companies, biotech, other industries, government, teaching, law, and more. Curricula for students with these interests are also individualized.

Admission to MS and MBS programs

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their undergraduate academic record, recommendations from two individuals knowledgeable of the student's academic potential, and scores on the GRE, MCAT or DAT. Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree and should have taken course work that demonstrates a good foundation in biology, general and organic chemistry, and physics.

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