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Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.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

21-24 Months, Full-Time

Begins Fall Quarter Only

Class Size

The Master of Biomedical Sciences Program is a full-time, graduate level program that provides the student with a broad background in the biomedical sciences, laboratory experiences, and research skills. Successful completion of the program leads to a Master of Biomedical Sciences degree. The curriculum is designed to prepare and graduate students who have extensive knowledge, technical skills, and expertise to function in a variety of biomedical professions. These include careers in areas such as technicians and supervisors in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, research personnel in biomedical sciences laboratories, employees in governmental and regulatory agencies, and undergraduate teaching. In addition, the curriculum will make the successful student a competitive candidate for admission to postbaccalaureate professional schools offering degrees in the health sciences.

The 72 quarter-hour curriculum typically is completed in 21 months. Students who need more than 21 months to complete the program will be required to enroll in a thesis continuation course. Students must complete the program within four years of matriculation, excepting approved leaves of absence. All students are required to complete a research project approved by the student's thesis committee. The required curriculum includes six basic science courses, but allows the student to choose areas of emphasis, such as physiology, pharmacology, microbiology and immunology, or biochemistry. In addition to the basic science courses, students must take a series of research courses that prepare them for a research project and thesis that is the culmination of the degree program. The research courses include Research Design and Methodology, Principles of Biostatistics, Literature Review, Professional Development, Advanced Topics, Seminar in Biomedical Sciences, Fundamentals of Research, Ethics of Research and Experimentation, Thesis Proposal, Laboratory Research, and Thesis. A series of electives and independent studies are available to complete the 72 quarter-hour requirement. The electives allow students to further specify an area of interest to better prepare them for a career in their chosen field. A dual degree option is available to students who are accepted into another professional program.

The Master of Biomedical Sciences program will also benefit students who wish to improve their credentials for application to medical school or other health professions programs. The Master of Biomedical Sciences Program allows students to demonstrate their ability to perform at a graduate level, improve their GPA, better prepare for the professional entrance exam and take courses the broaden their undergraduate coursework.

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 and 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 Biomedical Sciences Program, an applicant must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. One letter of recommendation from a prehealth advisor or committee, science professor, or health professional.
  4. Copies of transcripts from each college or university attended.  Official transcripts must be submitted prior to matriculation.
  5. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  6. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.

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

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Class of 2021 Profile

  • Female: 69%
  • Male: 31%
  • Average Age: 24
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.09
  • Class Size: 29
  • Top Home States: Illinois (69%), Wisconsin, Ohio

Graduation Rate (2019)

  • 74% (25/34) of students matriculating in the class of 2019 graduated from the program
  • 88% (30/34) of matriculants either graduated or are currently enrolled in a professional program


76% (26/34) of matriculants were accepted into professional programs (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant), or were offered a research job in academia or industry 1

1Class of 2019 Biomedical Sciences-Illinois May 2019 exit survey (100% [25/25] of graduates responding) and MWU Professional School Admissions.

Career Opportunities

  • Research technicians
  • Governmental and regulatory agencies
  • Pharmaceutical laboratories
  • Postsecondary Teaching

US Employment Projections

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2019-2020 edition, Occupational Outlook Handbook, the following Biomedical Sciences related employment occupations are expected to reflect the following demand:

Employment of Biological Technicians

Job Outlook
Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in biotechnology and medical research is expected to increase demand for these workers.

2019 Median Pay - $45,860 per year - $22.05 per hour - (accessed 5/1/2020)

Employment of Medical Scientists

Job Outlook
Employment of medical scientists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Medical scientists will continue to be needed because they contribute to the development of treatments and medicines that improve human health.

2019 Median Pay - $88,790 per year - $42.69 per hour - (accessed 5/1/2020)


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