The College of Graduate Studies one- and two-year Biomedical Sciences graduate programs help you to leverage your existing knowledge, technical skills, and expertise into building a career in the health sciences. Upon completion of a Biomedical Sciences Master of Arts program, your research skills and studies will prepare you for further academic and professional healthcare training, and the two-year Master of Science program will help you become a competitive applicant for careers in biotechnology, biosafety, government service, and more. Welcome to tomorrow's healthcare team!

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Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (M.A.)

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • GRE General Test, MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT or other professional exam scores

Length of Program

9 months, full-time; begins fall quarter only

Class of 2018 Size (New Matriculants)


Class of 2018 Profile

  • Female: 49%
  • Male: 51%
  • Average Age: 25
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.19
  • In-State: 30%

Top 5 "Home" States: Arizona, California, Illinois, Texas, Utah

On-Time Graduation Rate (2017)

  • Ninety-Five (95) of the 121 students (79%) who matriculated into the class of 2017 graduated from the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences degree program on time. Three (3) students (2%) did not complete the Master of Arts program, but were accepted into professional schools prior to graduation.

Graduate Outcomes (2017)

  • Eighty-One (81) of the 101 total students (80%) who graduated in the class of 2017 have been accepted into professional school, including: medical, dental, podiatry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and Ph.D. programs.
  • Twenty percent (20%) of the students who graduated in the class of 2017 have not communicated their career status with the program.
  • Data obtained from Midwestern University matriculation records and annual exit interviews.

Postgraduate Education Opportunities

  • Medical, Dental, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Veterinary and Podiatry Schools

Career Opportunities

  • Healthcare industry
  • Postsecondary teaching

The MA degree is not considered a terminal degree and the salary the MA graduate earns will be determined by the professional career he or she enters.

US Employment Projections

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2016-2017 edition, occupational outlook report, the following Biomedical Sciences-related employment occupations are expected to reflect the following demand:

Job Outlook

Employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment of dentists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment of optometrists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because vision problems tend to occur more frequently later in life, an aging population will require more optometrists.

Employment of pharmacists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 37 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment of podiatrists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.


Median Annual Salary (2016)

Health Educators and Community Health Workers


Medical (Family/General Practice)


General Dentist






Physician Assistant





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Admission Requirements


 To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences degree program, applicants must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of a Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) or higher, preferably with a major in the sciences, from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a scale of 4.00 in all coursework completed for their bachelor's or higher degree program.
  3. Two letters of recommendation (or one committee letter from the applicant's college or university).
  4. Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  5. Test scores submitted to the Office of Admissions from one of the following: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Medical College Admissions Tests (MCAT), Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), Dental Admissions Test (DAT), Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), or other professional program admissions test.
  6. Completion of the typical prerequisite coursework for admission into medical, dental, or pharmacy schools, including biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics; prospective students are responsible for determining the prerequisites for the health professional program and institution of their choice.
  7. Completion of the prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better; a C- will not be accepted.
  8. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  9. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.

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    Prerequisite Courses

    CoursesSem HrsQtr Hrs
    Biology with lab812
    General Chemistry with lab812
    Organic Chemistry with lab812
    Physics with lab46

    Transfer of a limited number of graduate-level course credits from other institutions may be allowed: 6 semester (9 quarter) hours for the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences. However, this does not remove the requirement to enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours per quarter.

    Application Deadline

    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.

    Additional Application Information

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    Program Description


    The Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (MA) 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 augment their credentials for admission into medical school or other health professional program. All students take a minimum of 45 quarter hour credits in the basic sciences and medical ethics. Courses are in disciplines including: biochemistry, molecular cell biology, genetics, histology, human anatomy (with lab), human physiology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, introduction to medical ethics and a capstone course. The capstone course includes preparation of a scholarly, literature-based portfolio on a topic of the student’s choice (usually a disease condition) and a presentation of their topic in a research poster. In addition, students are required to take elective credits if needed to bring the total quarter credits to 15 or more credits. The elective credits, offered in a variety of disciplines, include other biomedical science courses and professional preparation courses. These electives improve critical thinking skills, study skills, and enhance the student’s preparation for professional school application.

    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 into a professional program after the first year cannot "stay on" for a second year and receive the M.B.S. degree.


    The Midwestern University Master of Arts in Biomedical Science Program educates and prepares students in the biomedical sciences to be competitive applicants for professional programs or careers in healthcare.

    Planned Progam Improvements

    There are no significant changes to the admissions requirements, academic standards or curriculum planned for the upcoming year.



    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 Commision, A Commision of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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    A job in a shoe store does not always translate to a career in podiatry, but for Barbara Adams podiatry is the perfect mix of passion and profession.

    Danny Wu is a 2011 graduate from the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences Program in the College of Health Sciences, where he studied the basic medical sciences in preparation for dental career.

    Hillary Carnell, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.

    Heather Thoreson, Pharm.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Pharmacy-Glendale.

    A family friend taught Jared Techau the value of patient-centric care and the allure of helping people through medicine.

    Laura Sibrava, D.M.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona.

    Sam Funk studies basic science, optics, and visual science, and is learning to diagnose, treat, and manage dysfunction and disease of the eyes.