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Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (M.A.B.S.)

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Tailored to meet your needs, Midwestern University's one- and two-year Biomedical Sciences degree programs offer the options you need to achieve your goals. Our student-centered curriculum is designed to provide you with a broad background in the biomedical sciences. Caring faculty members will guide you as you develop the academic and analytic skills you need to build your future. You'll be well-prepared for success whether you decide to pursue additional education in the health professions or choose to start a meaningful career in biomedical science.


Downers Grove, IL

9 Months, Full-Time

Begins Fall Quarter Only

Class Size

The Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (M.A.) degree is a full-time, three-quarter, graduate level, coursework only program. This program is designed to help students with a bachelor’s degree, preferably with a major in the sciences, improve their academic foundation in the biomedical sciences and enhance their credentials for admission into medical school or other health professional program. All students take a total of 45 quarter hour credits: 41 required core credits and 4 elective credits. Core courses include: Biochemistry I & II, Human Anatomy (with lab), Human Genetics, Human Physiology I & II, Pathophysiology, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Immunology, Pharmacology I, II & III, Neuroscience, and Professional Development. The elective credits, offered in a variety of disciplines, include other biomedical science courses and professional preparation courses e.g. Alternative Therapies & Natural Products, Biomedical Imaging, Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Development of Newly Approved Drug Therapies, Ethics of Research & Experimentation, Fundamentals of Research, Lab Research, Medical Spanish, Nutrition in Preventative Medicine, and Research Design & Methodology. These electives improve critical thinking and enhance the student’s preparation for professional school applications.

NOTE: Transferring between degree programs is prohibited. M.B.S. students who leave after their first year will not be granted an M.A. degree. M.A .students who do not get accepted into a professional program after the first year cannot "stay on" for a second year to get the M.B.S. degree.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Biomedical Science degree program, applicants must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) or higher, preferably with a major in the sciences, from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a scale of 4.00 for all coursework completed.
  3. One letter of recommendation from pre-health advisors or committees, science professors, and health professionals.
  4. Copies of transcripts from each college or university attended.  Official transcripts must be submitted prior to matriculation.
  5. Completion of typical health professions coursework including biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English.  Prospective students are responsible for determining the prerequisites for the health professional program and institution of their choice.
  6. Completion of the prerequisite courses with grades of C or better (grades of C- are not acceptable).
  7. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  8. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.

Test scores from one the following are optional: MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE.


    Course Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
    Biology with lab 8 12
    General Chemistry with lab 8 12
    Organic Chemistry with lab 8 12
    Physics 4 6
    Mathematics 3 4

    General Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

    Class of 2020 Profile

    • Female:  61%
    • Male: 39%
    • Average Age:  24
    • Average Overall GPA:  3.21
    • Class Size:  87
    • Top Home States:  Illinois (68%), Michigan, Indiana

    Graduation Rate (2019)

    • 78% (73/93) of the students matriculating in the class of 2019 graduated from the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences degree program.
    • 83% (77/93) of matriculants either graduated or were accepted into a professional program.

    MWU OUTCOMES (2019)

    • 68% (57/84) of the class graduating in 2019 have been accepted into professional programs (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Nursing)1.

    1 Class of 2019 Biomedical Sciences-Illinois May 2019 exit survey (89% [83/93] of matriculants responding) and MWU Professional School Admissions.

    Career Opportunities

    • Research Technicians
    • Governmental and regulatory agencies
    • Postsecondary teaching

    The MA degree is not considered a terminal degree and the salary the MA graduate earns will be determined by the professional career they enter.


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