Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences Program, Downers Grove Campus

Get ready for graduate-level studies to prepare for a variety of healthcare careers through this 9-month Master of Arts (M.A.) program in the Biomedical Sciences.

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The Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (M.A.) degree is a rigorous full-time, 9-month, graduate-level, coursework-only program.

Enhancing Your Academic Foundation

The Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (M.A.) 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, dental school, or other healthcare professions programs.

Core Curriculum

All students take a total of 45 quarter hour credits (41 required core credits and 4 elective credits). Core disciplines are taught by faculty experts. Some courses have interprofessional small group learning. Elective credits, offered in a variety of disciplines, include other biomedical science courses, and are designed to enhance the student’s preparation for professional school applications.

Curriculum Details

Faculty Guidance and Support

Our experienced faculty advisors are here to mentor you every step of the way. From refining your resume and personal statement to enhancing your interview and communication skills, they'll help you chart your individualized career path.

College Faculty

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Most M.A. students apply for and receive scholarships or funding through the Federal Work Study Program.

Scholarships include the Midwestern University Scholarship and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship.

For more information, visit the Scholarships and Financial Aid Types pages.

Learn More

Learn more about the requirements and find quick links to relevant catalog content to guide you in your application process.

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Prerequisite coursework
  • Test score from one of the following is optional: MCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE

Full list of requirements

Applicants can apply any of the following ways:

  1. Directly to the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences program
  2. Through PostbacCAS, or
  3. Using the application materials from another MWU program

Class of 2021

  • 82% (79/96) of the students matriculating in the class of 2021 graduated from the program.
  • 85% (82/96) of matriculants either graduated or were accepted into a professional program.

Graduate Outcomes (2021)

  • 65% (51/79) of the class graduating in 2021 have been accepted into professional programs (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Optometry)*. Some graduates apply to healthcare professions programs after earning their degree.

*Class of 2021 Biomedical Sciences-Illinois May 2021 exit survey (79% [76/96] of matriculants responding) and MWU Professional School Admissions.

  • Female:  67%
  • Male: 33%
  • Average Age:  25 
  • Average Overall GPA:  3.27 
  • Class Size:  60 
  • Top Home States:  Illinois (52%), Michigan, Texas

The Midwestern University Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences program provides students with an in-depth education in the biomedical sciences and graduates students who are competitive applicants for admission into professional programs in healthcare.

The College of Graduate Studies has both general and specific articulation agreements with MWU programs on both campuses. Please contact the Office of Admissions for specific information and deadlines regarding articulation agreements that are in place for the professional program(s) in which you might be interested. 

Articulation Agreement Information

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413; phone: 312-263-0456.

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Hear Our Stories

Hear from students just like you who are pursuing healthcare careers and from the faculty who are helping them along the way.

Alejandro M.S. Mayer, Ph.D., M.S.Ed. Professor, Department of Pharmacology, College of Graduate Studies

“The most rewarding parts of being a member of the Midwestern University faculty over the past 29 years have been to have the privilege of being part of a team that teaches pharmacology to students across many colleges on the Downers Grove Campus, as well as to conduct independent research with students on the immunopharmacology of marine-derived chemicals.”

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Our admissions staff is here to assist you in making informed decisions about your academic journey. When contacting us, be sure to to provide your preferred program and campus so we can address your questions or concerns.