Medical Scholars Program

School of Graduate Studies (SGS), Newark Health Science Campus, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)


The Medical Scholars Program is designed for students interested in applying to medical school, including schools of osteopathic medicine, and to other health related professions such as physician assistant. In contrast to post-baccalaureate coursework, the Medical Scholars Program leads to a graduate degree (Master of Science or Master of Biological Science) that can also be used as a qualification for other careers. This is a 30 credit program.

All students in the program can get academic advising from either Dr. Krista Blackwell throughout their graduate education. During these advising sessions students discuss course selections, volunteering opportunities, academic concentration selection, medical school application strategy and much more.

Students in the program will find themselves on the campus of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). Our medical scholars take classes taught by faculty from NJMS and can volunteer within programs at NJMS. Some of the NJMS volunteering opportunities popular among our current Masters students are, volunteering as

Additional advantages of the SGS Newark Health Science Campus's Medical Scholars Program include: 

  • Personalized advice from the Office of Admissions at Rutgers NJMS
  • Opportunity to take medical courses and be graded with Rutgers NJMS (limited enrollment)
  • Assignment to an experienced clinical advisor
  • Complete degree in one year, or follow a less intense 3-4 semester program
  • Even in non-thesis master's degree, students obtain research experience with medical school faculty
  • Training for volunteer positions at the University Hospital Emergency Room and along side medical students in the Newark community
  • A guaranteed interview at New Jersey Medical School by earning a 3.6 GPA after at least 20 credits and an MCAT of at least 127 in each section (must be permanent resident or citizen of the US)

General degree requirements

Students require 30 credits with a grade point average of "B" or better to graduate. Read more here

Core courses:

1.  Seminar in Biomedical Sciences or Oral Biology Research Seminar (1 credit)

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

[students who have done previous research can obtain an exemption from this requirement, fulfilling the 2 credits with another course]

3.  Any two of the following three 3-credit courses: 

  • Fundamentals in Biomedical Sciences A – Biochemistry (Fall)
  • Fundamentals in Biomedical Sciences B – Cell Biology (Spring)
  • Fundamentals of Human Physiology (Spring) 

Several medical school courses, each of which requires permission, can substitute for one or more of the courses in category 3. e.g. Fundamentals in Biomedical Sciences A - Biochemistry can be substituted with Medical Biochemistry & Genetics. As mentioned above students will be taking these courses with medical students at Rutgers NJMS and will be graded with them.

Elective courses:

A complete list of available graduate courses can be found in the Spring and Fall Course Listings on the Course Information web page. By selecting specific sets of elective courses, students can also complete a concentration within their Master's degree, with current offerings in Neuroscience, Oral Biology, Pharmacological Sciences or Stem Cell Biology.


Useful links

FAQs for prospective Medical Scholars

Master's Program Overview

Master of Science (MS) Application*

Master of Biomedical Science (MBS) Application*

* You will be directed to the Rutgers Graduate and Professional Admissions Portal. Before you start your application, please read How To Apply.


Alumni Spotlight


Emily Kahoud (MBS ’18)

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School,

Class of 2022

Emily, in her words, refers to the Medical Scholars Track as “an incredible opportunity”, which helped her to achieve her ultimate goal of going to medical school. In Kahoud’s opinion, her Master's education, made her first year of “med school far less stressful”, since it provided her with a strong foundation for the rigorous curriculum. She declares, “The core curriculum provides the fundamentals that are essential for any career path in the biomedical sciences or in medicine”. One class in particular, which Kahoud considers a personal favorite, was Human Physiology with Dr. Krista Blackwell. She explains, “Dr. Blackwell is an incredible professor, the TA's are amazing at what they do as well”. Kahoud also felt Human Physiology provided her with fundamental information she would need to achieve her ultimate goal, a career in medicine.


Kahoud also expresses her admiration for the faculty of the Newark Health Science Campus, saying, in general, “faculty in the Masters Program are extremely approachable, they work very hard to create high level curricula that will prepare you for whatever endeavor you next choose to pursue, and they have an abundance of wisdom and knowledge in their respective fields.” Kahoud advises prospective and new students to “know exactly what your goals are, have a vision in mind, focus on that vision every day, and pursue it without reservation so you don't have to have any regrets.”  She believes “being in a program such as the Masters Program at SGS Newark Health Science Campus is an incredible opportunity, and that you should “pursue each day with gratitude for being a part of this unique program”. For Kahoud, vision, focus, gratitude, and active pursuit of her goals were the keys to her success in the Master’s degree program and culminated with her acceptance into Rutgers NJMS.


-Written by Tiffany Joyner, Edited by Caitlyn Moore