Master of Science Degree in Medical Sciences

(formerly the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program)

[Fields of Study]

The Master of Science program in Medical Sciences is designed to provide additional opportunities to those individuals who would like to enhance their credentials for entry into medical school by offering a strong, challenging biomedical science core curriculum in the environment of a health science center.  The average time to complete the M.S. in Medical Sciences is twelve months (mid-May through mid-May). Each student is responsible for the completion of the requirements for Master of Science program in Medical Sciences listed below.  

Admissions Requirements:

Information on the application process may be found on the GSBS Admissions website.

For this program, and only this program, the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required instead of the Graduate Record Examination. While not the only criterion considered in acceptance into medical school, the applicant should have a competitive MCAT score before the application deadline. In general, composite MCAT scores below 20 and individual subset scores below 6 are not competitive. Applicants interested in pursuing admission to dental school may substitute the Dental Admissions (DAT) exam. Applicants interested in pursuing admission to physician assistant programs may substitute the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Intentions to pursue these programs must be communicated clearly in the admission application.

If the applicant has plans to retake the MCAT/DAT/GRE for future professional school admissions, he/she should sit for the exam no later than August during the first semester of the year he/she enters the program.

Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions


Curriculum

Students must complete the curriculum below with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to graduate:

M.S. Degree Plan for Medical Sciences

Summer
BMSC 5100 Application Workshops3 1 SCH
BMSC 5400 Biostatistics 4 SCH
BMSC 5201 Clinical Practice Preceptorship3 2 SCH
BMSC 5390.001 Special Problems: Health Disparity Research and Education3 1 SCH
BMSC 5390.002, .003, .004, or .005 Special Problems: MCAT Prep1,3 2 SCH
MOLB 5201.002 Introductory Biochemistry2 2 SCH





8-12 SCH

1Special Problems: MCAT Prep is required of all students in the Medical Sciences program. Students who have earned a score of 28 or higher or who have completed an MCAT prep course within the last six months may petition for a waiver of this requirement. To petition for a waiver, send an e-mail to gsbs@unthsc.edu. The course will be graded Pass/Fail.

2Introductory Biochemistry is an optional course that students may elect to take to review basic biochemistry. The course will be graded Pass/Fail.

3When completing the TMDSAS application, these courses are considered non-science.


Fall
BMSC 5301 Integrative Biomedical Sciences I: Principles of Biochemistry 3 SCH
BMSC 5302 Integrative Biomedical Sciences II: Molecular Cell Biology 3 SCH
BMSC 5303 Integrative Biomedical Sciences III: Immunology 2 SCH
BMSC 5231

Introduction to Health Disparities/Issues in the United States3

2 SCH
BMSC 5350 Principles of Epidemiology and Evidence-based Medicine3 3 SCH
CBAN 5400 Structural Anatomy I 2 SCH

Total
15 SCH

Spring
BMSC 5304 Integrative Biomedical Sciences IV: Physiology

5 SCH

BMSC 5305 Integrative Biomedical Sciences V: Pharmacology 2 SCH
BMSC 5121

Ethical, Legal and Social Issues for Responsible Clinical Research3

2 SCH
BMSC 5312

Introduction to Clinical Research & Studies3

3 SCH
CBAN 5401 Structural Anatomy II 5 SCH

Total
15 SCH


Total SCH
38-42 SCH

Program Success

This program has been very successful in assisting students to better their chances for acceptance into medical school. In the class that graduated in 2012, 75% of students who matriculated graduated with a Master of Science degree. 60% of these were successful in gaining admission into medical school at UNT Health Science Center, University of Texas at Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas Tech University Health Science Center at El Paso, Texas A & M University Health Science Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, in addition to several out-of-state schools.

Please contact the recruitment office at gotogradschool@unthsc.edu or 817.735.2789 with any questions.

This page last updated 27th May 2014