Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.)
- 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
25 - 30
Class of 2016
- Average Age: 25
- Average Overall GPA: 3.07
- In-State: 45%
Postgraduate Education Opportunities
- Medical, Dental, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Veterinary, and Podiatry Schools, and Ph.D. programs in the sciences
- Research technicians
- Ph.D. Programs in Science
- Pharmaceutical laboratories
- Postsecondary teaching
Graduation Rate (2014)
- Eighteen of the 20 (90%) students matriculating in the class of 2014 graduated from the Masters of Biomedical Sciences degree program on time.
- Eighteen of the 18 students (100%) graduating in 2014 have been accepted into a medical, dental, Ph.D, or physician assistant program. Data obtained from Midwestern University matriculation records and annual exit interviews. Ten percent (10%) have not communicated their career status with the program.
US Employment Projection
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 Job Outlook
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
- http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm (accessed 2/24/15)
- Employment of Biological Technicians Job Outlook
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
- http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/biological-technicians.htm - (accessed 2/24/15)
- Employment of Forensic Science Technicians Job Outlook
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
- http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/forensic-science-technicians.htm - (accessed 2/24/15)
- Employment of Medical Scientists Job Outlook
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 2/24/15
- Employment of Health Educators and Community Health Workers Job Outlook
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 2/24/15)
- Employment of Biochemists and Biophysicists Job Outlook
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
- http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm - (accessed 2/24/15)
To be considered for admission to the Master of Biomedical Sciences degree program, applicants must submit the following documented evidence:
- 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.
- 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.
- Two letters of recommendation (or one committee letter from the applicant's college or university).
- Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
- 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.
- 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.
- Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.
- Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
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.
Additional Application Information
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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.
- 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
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:
- Histology (HIST 1502, 3.0 cr.) and Human Anatomy w/Lab (ANAT 503, 4.0 cr.)
- Microbiology-I and II (BMED 525, 2.0 cr. and BMED 526, 4.0 cr.) and Immunology (BMED 524, 2.0 cr.)
- Pharmacology I (BMED 574, 3.0 cr.) and Pharmacology II (BMED 575, 3.0 cr.)
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.
MWU Master of Biomedical Sciences Program in Downers Grove
Biomedical Sciences as a Career
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)