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Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Students in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Sciences degree program take required courses and elective courses in a specific area of interest. Students conduct original research under the guidance of a biomedical sciences graduate faculty advisor.


The M.S. program has a thesis option, non-thesis option or anatomy and vertebrate paleontology track option. Each option has different coursework and research requirements that total 30/32 semester credit hours.

Program Options

Thesis Option: Requires a minimum of 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of research and thesis. Students pursuing this option will conduct original research, culminating in a written thesis that is presented as a seminar and publicly defended.


Non-thesis Option: Requires a minimum of 30 hours of course work and two hours of research. Students pursuing this option will present a research project to their advisory committee.  The non-thesis option does not require a public defense of the research project.


Anatomy & Vertebrate Paleontology TrackTrain to teach human anatomy at the university, college or professional level, and gain experience in vertebrate paleontology research under the guidance of a biomedical sciences graduate faculty mentor. 


Admission Information

Admissions to the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences is competitive and limited spots are available.  


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Full-time students typically complete the 32 credit hour program in two years. Students are expected to enroll as a full-time student in at least one semester and complete the degree requirements within seven years.



The following courses are required for all M.S. students in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program:

  • BIOM 6922 Scientific Communication in the Biomedical Sciences
  • BIOM 6622 Research Ethics and Survival Skills for the Biomedical Sciences
  • BIOM 5003 Statistics in Biomedical Sciences

In addition to these required courses, students must take additional coursework and research hours as described below:

  • M.S. non-thesis: 32 credit hours total (30 hours of coursework and 2 hours of research)
  • M.S. thesis: 30 credit hours total (24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of research)

View list of available biomedical sciences courses and descriptions


Faculty Advisors

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Students are encouraged to review our Faculty Research profiles to identify a faculty mentor and laboratory prior to submission of their application.  When selecting a mentor, students should consider the following: What are my needs as a student and researcher? Confirm that your prospective mentor has current interests that complement your own. Ask about your prospective mentor’s ability to provide resources (time, funding, etc.) to support your research.  Consider your prospective mentor’s academic rank, tenure status, current mentoring load, and connections with individuals in the types of jobs you’d like after graduation. What relationship does this faculty member seem to have with the intellectual community of the department, and with graduate students in particular?


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