Master's Programs


Tuition and Fees




Gen Degree Req


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, who 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.

Historical Success Rate of Medical and Dental School Admission




Admission Deadline


MS Application


Spring - 11/15; Fall 6/30


MBS Application


Spring - 11/15; Fall 6/30

Note: Supporting documents that cannot be directly typed or uploaded onto the application portal (eg. transcripts, standardized scores and some references), 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

Foreign Applicants

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.

Advantages of the GSBS-Newark Master's Programs
• Thesis-based MS degree, or non-thesis MBS degree (see below)
• 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

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, consultation with NJMS admissions, and the possibility of a guaranteed interview (minimum GPA of 3.6 after 20 credits and an MCAT score of at least 127 in each section)

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, and the possibility of a guaranteed interview (minimum GPA of 3.7 after 20 credits and DAT scores of 20 Total Science and 20 Academic Average, or passage on National Boards parts 1 and 2 on first take for BDS students).

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

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. 

Oral Biology
Pharmacological Sciences
Stem Cell Biology