Master of Biomedical Sciences, Downers Grove Campus

Improve your academic foundation in biomedical sciences and gain valuable basic and translational research experience.

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The Master of Biomedical Sciences Program (M.B.S.) is a full-time, 21-month, graduate-level program designed to immerse you in exciting laboratory work, equip you with valuable research skills, and help you build a strong foundation in the world of biomedical sciences.

Enhancing Your Academic Foundation

Dive deep into the biomedical sciences and bolster your academic foundation. Whether you're aiming for medical school, dental school, or another healthcare profession, our program equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to become a competitive applicant for your chosen career path.


Our comprehensive curriculum consists of 72 quarter-hour credits, divided into 63 required core credits and 9 elective credits. Delve into the core disciplines taught by faculty experts and experience interprofessional small group learning in select courses.

Curriculum details

Research Excellence

Master the art of scientific research with courses that emphasize critical thinking, study design, data analysis, ethical research conduct, and effective communication. You'll also have opportunities to present your thesis research at scientific conferences, supported by available funding.

Kenneth A. Suarez Research Day (login required)

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.

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Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Most M.B.S. 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.

Broadening Your Career Horizons

The M.B.S. Program isn't just about preparing you for professional schools. It also opens doors to a multitude of careers within the biomedical sciences field. Faculty advisors can help you explore options in this important industry.

Learn More

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

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.

Test score from one of the following is optional: MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE.

Full list of requirements

Applicants can apply any of the following ways:

  1. Directly to the M.B.S. program.
  2. Through PostbacCAS.
  3. Using the application materials from another MWU program.

Class of 2021

  • 79% (23/29) of students matriculating in the class of 2021 graduated from the program
  • 93% (27/29) of matriculants either graduated or are currently enrolled in a professional program

MWU Outcomes (Class OF 2021)

83% (24/29) of matriculants were accepted into professional programs (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Physical Therapy), or were offered a research job in academia or industry.* Some graduates apply to healthcare professions programs after earning their degree.

*Class of 2021 Biomedical Sciences-Illinois May 2021 exit survey (100% [23/23] of graduates responding) and MWU Professional School Admissions.

  • Female: 71%
  • Male: 29%
  • Average Age: 25
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.19
  • Class Size: 14
  • In-State: 79%

The Midwestern University Master of Biomedical Sciences Program provides students with an in-depth education in the biomedical sciences, offers significant experience in laboratory research, and graduates students who are competitive applicants for admission into professional programs in healthcare or a career in research.

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.

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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.

Christianna Belt, Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.) Program, Class of 2022

“Midwestern University has taught me the importance of clinical based research and I hope to someday apply this insight to finding the best suited treatment therapies for my patients.”

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Peter Alfano, College of Graduate Studies, Biomedical Sciences Program (M.B.S.) Graduate

"I feel like Midwestern really has my back." 

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