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

Chelsea Osuji, MS ’18

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,

Class of 2023

Chelsea Osuji (MS ’18) utilized her time at Rutgers School of Graduate Studies to undertake various leadership roles and strive toward academic excellence, ultimately culminating in her acceptance into Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Osuji recalled that she enrolled in the Master’s program “to extend my knowledge within the health sciences, particularly in the courses most relevant to medical school. I believe these classes have solidified my foundation of the sciences, addressed areas of understanding that were lacking, and allowed me to become knowledgeable in areas that I personally found interesting.” One of her favorite electives, Topics in Pharmacology I, taught by Dr. Lester Sultatos, gave her a “great understanding of concepts in immunology and cell biology as well as the connection between them. While much of science can often feel abstract, I really enjoyed how everything we learned in this course felt directly applicable despite being taught on a molecular level.”


As a full-time student, Osuji worked as a Case Manager, and ultimately the Case Manager Director, for the New Jersey Medical School’s Student Family Health Care center, a free clinic which offers yearly positions to Master’s students from the Rutgers School of Graduate Studies-Newark. Additionally, Osuji was elected president of GSBS Squared, a tutoring and mentoring partnership between Rutgers and nearby Science Park High School. To further maximize her time, Osuji utilized her summer to pursue her interests in research, working as a research assistant at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Prior to her upcoming matriculation into Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Fall 2019, Osuji worked as a full-time research associate at the Yale School of Medicine. Osuji said that in this position she used “techniques that were first introduced to me in the program on a daily basis and am able to apply knowledge from my coursework directly to my research.” Osuji believes that with hard work and dedication “there is nothing that you cannot accomplish.” At the Newark Health Science Campus of Rutgers, she turned her dreams into reality through hard work and now it is your turn to do the same!


-Written by Tiffany JoynerEdited by Caitlyn Moore