The Masters of Science degree with a major in Biomedical Sciences - Professional Science is a program primarily designed to fill the needs of technology-based companies, governmental agencies, private industries, including non-profit organizations. It provides an interdisciplinary curriculum with internships with local businesses and hands-on experience.
- General Admission Requirements. Admission to Graduate Studies (see graduate admission requirements ).
- Program Admission. In addition to meeting university admissions requirements for a graduate degree students must submit their official GRE or MCAT scores. Admission to the M.S. program is based on an evaluation by the program’s admission committee of the following information:
- A one-page essay that states the student’s reasons for applying to the program and his or her career goals and research and scholarly interests, if any.
- Cumulative GPA >/=3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
- Admissions index >/= 1100 (see calculation below)
- BIOL 2320 Elementary Microbiology and BIOL 2120 Elementary Microbiology Lab
- BIOL 4413 (Genetics w/Lab)
- 8 hours of Organic Chemistry w/Lab
- 8 hours of College Physics w/Lab
- 3 hours of Statistics (MATH 3391 or equivalent)
(Applicants not meeting the above criteria will be placed on a waiting list and notified of acceptance once initial offers have been made.)
Admissions index calculation: GPA*200+(15*(GREv+GREq-260)) OR GPA*200+(10*(MCATtot-447)
3. Degree Plan. All students meeting the minimum program requirements wil be admitted to the general track. Following the first year of studies, with a faculty agreement and approval from the director, some students may enter internship or thesis tracks.
a. General Track: Coursework only (Victoria or Katy)
b. Internship Track: Coursework plus Internships (Director Approval; Victoria or Katy)
c. Research Thesis Track: Coursework plus Research and Thesis (Director Approval; Victoria only)
4. Program Deadlines.
Fall start - Application Deadline March 31; Official documents and Test Scores April 15
Spring Start - Application Deadline September 30; Official Documents and Test Scores September 15
Students must complete a 36 credit hour program with a cumulative final minimum of a ‘B’ in each course, consisting of:
- Twenty-four (24) credit hours of core courses in the first year.
- Twelve (12) credit hours of elective courses in the second year.
- Twelve (12) credit hours of elective courses; or
- Six (6) credit hours of electives, six (6) hours of internship (*see below); or
- Six (6) credit hours of electives, six (6) credit hours of research/thesis (*see below)
C. Internships will consist of 280 total hours of internship work in an approved facility. Students will write a summary of the internship experience and present that summary as an oral presentation for graduation.
D. Research/Thesis will be accomplished with a faculty mentory. Students will be required to complete research, prepare a written thesis manuscript, and present the thesis in an oral defense.
All students enrolled in the program are required to complete 24 hours of core courses listed below before moving on to the second year curriculum.