College of Graduate Studies

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Degree Description

Masters of Arts in Biomedical Sciences Program

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, dental school or other health professional program. All students take a total of 45 quarter hour credits: 41 required credits and 4 elective credits. Required courses include: Biochemistry I & II, Human Genetics, Human Anatomy (with lab), Human Physiology I & II, Pathophysiology, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Immunology, Pharmacology I, II & III, Human Neuroscience and Professional Development. The elective credits, offered in a variety of disciplines, include other biomedical science courses and professional preparation courses e.g. Nutrition in Preventative Medicine, Medical Spanish, Fundamentals of Research, etc. These electives improve critical thinking and enhance the student's preparation for professional school applications. The maximum allotted time for completion of the program is two years.