Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.)
21-24 months, full-time
20 - 30
Postgraduate Education Opportunities
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2014-2015 edition, occupational outlook report, the following Biomedical Sciences related employment occupations are expected to reflect the following demand:
Employment of Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
Employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.
2012 Median Pay - $47,820 per year - $22.99 per hour
Employment of Biological Technicians
Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Continued growth in biotechnology and medical research is expected to increase demand for these workers.
2012 Median Pay - $39,750 per year - $19.11 per hour
Employment of Forensic Science Technicians
Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs will be strong because of substantial interest in forensic science.
2012 Median Pay - $52,840 per year - $25.41 per hour
Employment of Medical Scientists
Employment of medical scientists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. An increased reliance on pharmaceuticals, greater affluence that allows for more spending on medicine-along with a larger and aging population, and a greater understanding of biological processes are all factors that are expected to increase demand for medical scientists.
2012 Median Pay - $76,980 per year - $37.01 per hour
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/medical-scientists.htm - (accessed 5/21/14)
Employment of Microbiologists
Employment of microbiologists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. More microbiologists will be needed to contribute to basic research, solve problems encountered in industrial production processes, and monitor environmental conditions to ensure the public's health and safety.
2012 Median Pay - $66,260 per year - $31.86 per hour
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/microbiologists.htm - (accessed 5/21/14)
Employment of Health Educators and Community Health Workers
Employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors and utilization of available health care services.
2012 Median Pay - $41,830 per year - $20.11 per hour
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm - (accessed 5/21/14)
Employment of Biochemists and Biophysicists
Employment of biochemists and biophysicists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. More biochemists and biophysicists will be needed to use the knowledge they have gained from basic research to develop biological products and processes that improve our lives.
2012 Median Pay - $81,480 per year - $39.17 per hour
To be considered for admission to the Master of Biomedical Sciences degree program, applicants must submit the following documented evidence:
A limited number of transfer credits from other institutions are allowed: 6 semester (9 quarter) hours for the Master in Biomedical Science.
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students are advised to complete their application files as early as possible, but no later than July 15th, to ensure timely consideration.
The Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) Program is designed as a full-time, graduate-level program that provides the student with a broad background in the biomedical sciences, laboratory experiences, and research skills. 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 as technicians and supervisors in the biotechnology, biosafety, and pharmaceutical industry; research personnel in biomedical science laboratories; employees in governmental and regulatory agencies; and faculty for undergraduate teaching programs.
The 72-quarter-hour (minimum) master's degree curriculum is usually completed in 21-24 months. All 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 research committee. The required curriculum includes basic science courses in biochemistry; molecular and cellular biology; genetics; and physiology. Students must also complete at least one additional basic science sequence; microbiology and immunology; pharmacology; and/or histology and anatomy. In addition to the basic science courses, the student must take a series of research courses that prepares them for a research project and thesis that is the culmination of the degree program. The research courses include Research Topics and Methods, Research Design and Statistics, Advanced Research Design and Statistics, Good Laboratory Practice, Journal Club, Laboratory Rotations, Ethics of Research and Experimentation, Research Literature Review, Research Protocol, Research Seminar, Laboratory Research, and Research Thesis. Finally, a series of electives and independent study courses are available. The electives allow the student to further specify an area of interest to better prepare them for a career in their chosen field.
NOTE: Transferring between degree programs is prohibited. MBS students who leave after their first year will not be granted an MA degree. MA students who do not get accepted into a professional program after the first year cannot "stay on" for a second year and get the MBS degree.
Midwestern University Master of Biomedical Sciences Program mission is to educate and prepare students in the biomedical sciences to be competitive applicants for careers in a wide range of health-related fields, as well as for additional academic and professional training.
Students will be taking a new 1.5 credit course during Fall Quarter, Laboratory Rotation (BMED 519), designed to introduce students to laboratory research in a practical setting. This required course will also assist the student in choosing a laboratory for thesis work.
Core basic sciences include Biochemistry (BMED 550, 3.0 cr.), Molecular Cell Biology (BMED 554, 3.0 cr.), and Genetics (BMED 541, 3.0 cr.); along with Human Physiology I & II (PHYS 1571, 4.0 cr., and PHYS 1582, 4.0 cr.).
Additionally, students will choose a minimum of one additional basic science course sequence from the following:
The State of Arizona Board of Private Postsecondary Education has approved all current degree programs at Midwestern University, Glendale - Arizona Campus. All degrees are conferred under the authority granted by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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; 312/263-0456; www.ncacihe.org.