The College of Health Sciences' 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!
Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (M.A.)
9 months, full-time; begins fall quarter only
On-Time Graduation Rate (2016)
Graduate Outcomes (2016)
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.
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:
Employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, 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 healthy habits and behaviors and explaining how to use available healthcare services.
Employment of optometrists is projected to grow 27 percent from 2014 to 2024, 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 dentists is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for dental services will increase as the population ages, cosmetic dental services become increasingly popular, and access to health insurance continues to grow.
Employment of pharmacists is projected to grow 3 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services. Employment of pharmacists in traditional pharmacies is projected to decline slightly.
Employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 30 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As demand for healthcare services grows, physician assistants will be needed to provide care to patients.
Employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Candidates should expect very strong competition for available veterinarian positions, especially in companion animal care. Those with specializations and prior work experience should have the best job opportunities.
Employment of podiatrists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for medical and surgical care of the foot and ankle will stem from the aging population. Podiatrists will also be needed to treat patients with foot and ankle conditions caused by chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity.
Median Annual Salary (2015)
Health Educators and Community Health Workers
Medical (Family/General Practice)
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm (accessed 12/7/16)
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291062.htm (accessed 12/7/16)
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/optometrists.htm (accessed 12/7/16)
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dentists.htm (accessed 12/7/16)
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacists.htm (accessed 12/7/16)
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm (accessed 12/7/16)
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinarians.htm (accessed 12/7/16)
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/podiatrists.htm (accessed 12/7/16)
To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences degree program, applicants must submit the following documented evidence:
|Courses||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab||8||12|
|General Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Physics with lab||4||6|
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.