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!

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Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.)

General Requirements

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

Length of Program

21-24 months, full-time; begins fall quarter only

Class of 2018 Size (New Matriculants)


Class of 2018 Profile

  • Female: 53%
  • Male: 47%
  • Average Age: 26
  • Average Overall GPA:  3.12
  • In-State: 31%

On-Time Graduation Rate (2016)

  • Seven (7) of the 24 students (29%) who matriculated into the class of 2016 graduated from the Masters of Biomedical Sciences degree program on time. One (1) student did not complete the Master of Biomedical Sciences program, but was accepted into professional school prior to graduation. Two (2) others are pursuing dual master's degrees at MWU. 

Graduate Outcomes (2016)

  • 100% of the 10 students graduating in the class of 2016 have been accepted into a medical, dental, Ph.D, or physician assistant 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, and Ph.D. programs in the sciences

Career Opportunities

  • Research technicians
  • Ph.D. Programs in Science
  • Pharmaceutical laboratories
  • Postsecondary teaching

US Employment Projection

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 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians Job Outlook
    Employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.
    2016 Median Pay - $50,930 per year - $24.48 per hour (accessed 5/31/17)

  • Employment of Biological Technicians Job Outlook
    Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Continued growth in biotechnology and medical research is expected to increase demand for these workers.
    2016 Median Pay - $42,520 per year - $20.44 per hour - (accessed 5/31/17)

  • Employment of Forensic Science Technicians Job Outlook
    Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 27 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 3,800 new jobs over the 10-year period. Competition for jobs will be strong because of substantial interest in forensic science.
    2016 Median Pay - $56,750 per year - $27.29 per hour - (accessed 5/31/17)

  • Employment of Medical Scientists Job Outlook
    Employment of medical scientists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Medical scientists will continue to be needed because they contribute to the development of treatments and medicines that improve human health.
    2016 Median Pay - $80,530 per year  - $38.72 per hour - (accessed 5/31/17)

  • Employment of Health Educators and Community Health Workers Job Outlook
    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.
    2016 Median Pay - $44,390 per year - $21.34 per hour - (accessed 5/31/17)

  • Employment of Biochemists and Biophysicists Job Outlook
    Employment of biochemists and biophysicists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as 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 people's lives.
    2016 Median Pay - $82,180 per year - $39.51 per hour (accessed 5/31/17)

           Students continuing on to academic or professional programs in healthcare can expect employment opportunities and salaries consistent with each individual academic discipline or healthcare profession.

Admission Requirements


To be considered for admission to the Master of 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, optometry or pharmacy schools, such as biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and mathematics are strongly recommended. Prospective students are responsible for determining the prerequisites for the health professional program and institution of their choice.
  7. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  8. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.

    Transfer of a limited number of graduate-level course credits from other institutions may be allowed: 6 semester (9 quarter) hours for the Master in Biomedical Science. 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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    Program Description


    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 88.5-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.

    Program Strengths

    • Research with medical school faculty
    • Opportunities for students to make presentations at local and national conferences
    • Submit grant applications
    • Write publications for peer-reviewed scientific journals


    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.

    Planned Program Improvements

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



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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.