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Biomedical Science Master's Program

Biomedical Research Scholars Track


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The Biomedical Research Scholars track is part of the Masters Program. Students and professionals join this track to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in basic and translational research. The research areas include but are not limited to cell biology, neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, immunology, infectious diseases, microbiology, oncology, molecular biology, and genetics. Read more about our faculty's research areas here. Students graduate with either a thesis-based Master of Science (MS) or a non-thesis Master of Biomedical Science (MBS) degree. Graduates from this program enter into Ph.D. programs or enhance their careers in the biopharma industry. Faculty from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, and the Biopharma industry direct and teach our courses.  Current and prospective students can email Dr. Badheka ( for a one-on-one appointment. 


Advantages of the Biomedical Research Scholars track

Academic concentrations

Students can obtain one of the following concentrations by completing the curriculum indicated under the corresponding link. Neuroscience, Oral Biology, Pharmacological Sciences  or Stem Cell Biology.

Flexible curriculum

This is a 30 credit program. Of these 30 credits, 9 credits come from the core (required) courses and 21 credits come from elective courses. This means students can choose from a wide-range of courses depending on their area of interest. A sample list of courses is listed below.

Conduct research with nationally and internationally renowned faculty

Although laboratory research is not mandatory, Masters students can participate in laboratory research through the 2-credit research rotation or the 5-credit Masters thesis. The Masters thesis research is a great stepping stone for students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. training and education.

Opportunity to participate in courses and co-curricular programs with Ph.D. students

Many of our courses are open to both Masters and Ph.D. students. Masters students participating in these courses have the opportunity to learn with Ph.D. students. In addition, Masters students can participate in may co-curricular and extra-curricular activities e.g. Anuual Research Symposium alongside Ph.D. students.

One-on-one advisement

All students in the biomedical research scholars track receive personalized advisement from Dr. Badheka on course selection for each semester, career exploration, job application, and application to Ph.D. programs.


Students require 30 credits with a grade point average of 3.0 (B-average) or better to graduate. Of these 30 credits, 9 credits come from the core (required) courses listed below. The remaining 21 credits are from elective courses. Based on every individual student's goals, strengths, and timeline, the academic advisors help students create a course schedule from the following:

Core courses:

1. Seminar in Biomedical Sciences (1 credit) offered on Tuesdays 4:30 to 5:45 PM or Oral Biology Research Seminar (1 credit)

In these courses, faculty members present their research and engage in discussion with the class. Through this course students learn how the research in laboratory and clinical settings has advanced the knowledge and technology in life science. In addition, students develop creative and critical thinking-skills through active discussion during the seminars.

2. Research in Biomedical Sciences, also called Masters Research Rotations (2 credits), which are typically based in a research laboratory but can also involve clinical or non-laboratory research. Students who have previous research experience can obtain an exemption from this requirement, fulfilling the 2 credits with another course)

3. Any two of the following 3 credit courses:

          Offered on Mondays, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

          Offered on Tuesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

          Offered on Wednesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

          Offered on Mondays, 2:00 to 5:00 PM

Elective courses:

A complete listing 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 offerings in Neuroscience, Oral Biology, Pharmacological Sciences or Stem Cell Biology.


Sample 3 credit courses

Course number

Course name



Fundamentals of biomedical sciences (Part A)



Fundamentals of biomedical sciences (Part B)


PHPY 5005Q

Fundamentals of human physiology



Fundamentals of pharmacology


PHPY N5030

Topics in pharmacology


PHPY N5225

Principles of toxicology - I



Principles of Toxicology II



The business of science – drug development from molecules to medicine



Sample 1 and 2 credit courses

MSBS 5910Q

Seminar in biomedical sciences



DNA Repair in Health and Disease





MBGC 5002Q

Introduction to Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics


MSBS N5134

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Biology



Topics in Cancer Stem Cell Biology


CBMM 5002Q

Practical Approaches for Studying Protein Function



Courses for experiential learning

MSBS 5000Q

Master’s thesis research



Research in biomedical sciences



Biomedical training internship


MSBS 5120Q

Pharmaceutical internship


MSBS 5125Q

Teacher training internship



Alumni career paths

Our alumni have graduated into research and business positions in the industry, furthered their education by joining Ph.D. programs or boosted their career in teaching. You can join the program in the fall or spring semester.

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