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Master’s Programs

Master's Programs: For some students, deciding whether to enter a clinical educational program or to commit to a lengthy Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences is often difficult and made with limited knowledge. Other students may be committed to a career in medicine or dentistry but have undergraduate academic records that are inadequate for acceptance into professional school. In addition, some careers in health related professions, including in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, may require further training beyond the bachelor's level. To meet the educational needs of these groups of students, we have designed two master's degree programs in biomedical sciences that have flexible curricula and build on the existing strengths of basic and clinical faculty in the New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM). Both degrees include a 2-credit laboratory rotation.  An important feature of these degree programs is the ability to complete the program in one year, or to follow a less intense curriculum over 3-4 semesters or even longer on a part-time basis. 

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Biomedical Science (MS), which requires a 5-credit research thesis.
Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS), which is predominantly based on coursework. 

Specific Programs within the Master’s Degrees:
Medical Scholars: interest in medical school admission; includes specific advising and curriculum, the possibility to take courses with the students of NJMS, clinical advising, an on campus MCAT course (additional fee), consultation with NJMS admissions, and the possibility of a guaranteed interview (minimum GPA of 3.5 after 20 credits and MCAT score of 30)

Dental Scholars: interest in dental school admission; includes specific advising and curriculum, an Oral Biology Concentration, the possibility to take courses with the students of RSDM, consultation with RSDM admissions,

Biomedical Research Scholars: program and specific interest curriculum for other biomedical career interests, including pharmaceutical/biotech companies, doctoral research, etc.

Advantages of the GSBS-Newark Master's Programs
• Thesis-based MS degree, or non-thesis MBS degree
• Ability to switch between MS and MBS
• Complete degree in one year, or follow a less intense 3-4 semester program
• Opportunity to take medical or dental school courses with students from NJMS or RSDM (limited enrollment)
• Personal academic advising
• Courses taught by Medical, Dental and Graduate Faculty of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and by pharmaceutical company scientists
• Part-time enrollment available, with many evening courses in core subjects
• Can complete master's degree by transferring back up to 6 credits from subsequent medical or dental school enrollment (currently not supported by RSDM)
• Students obtain laboratory research experience with medical or dental school faculty

FAQs for Dental Scholars
FAQs for Medical Scholars

Academic Concentration
Master’s students at the GSBS-Newark campus can obtain one of the following Concentrations by completing the curriculum indicated under the corresponding link. Once the requirements for the Concentration and the degree have been successfully completed, the student should fill out the “Completion of Concentration” form and submit it to the GSBS office. Documentation of completion of the Concentration is available:

Oral Biology
Pharmacological Sciences
Stem Cell Biology


General Degree Requirements

Tuition and Fees

Note: For the online application below, materials that cannot be directly typed or uploaded by you or your referees (eg. transcripts, standardized scores), please send them or have them sent to:

Graduate & Professional Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
56 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Spring admission - 11/1
Fall admission - 6/15

To apply, click here

Dual Degrees Offered
MS/MBA Program dual degree program with Rutgers Business School geared towards educating students interested in management careers in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or related industries.
MBS/MPH Program dual degree program leading to a Master's in Biomedical Science from UMDNJ-GSBS and a Master of Public Health from Rutgers School of Public Health.