Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences in Downers Grove

Biomedical Science Program


Fast Facts



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

General Requirements

Length of Program

9 months, full-time; begins fall quarter only

Class Size


2015 Class Profile (Class of 2016)

Postgraduate Education Opportunities

Career Opportunities

The MA degree is not considered a terminal degree and the salary the MA graduate earns will be determined by the professional career they enter.

Graduation Rate (2015)

MWU Outcomes (2015)

              1 Class of 2015 Biomedical Sciences-Illinois May 2015 exit survey (97% [63/65] of matriculants responding) and MWU Professional School Admissions.

Admission Requirements


To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Biomedical Science 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 for all coursework completed.
  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 from one of the following:
    • Graduate Record Examination general test (GRE) using the institutional code for Midwestern University of 1769. Contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) at 866/473-4373 or visit
    • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores. Contact the MCAT Program Office at 202/828-0690 or visit
    • Dental Admissions Test (DAT) scores. Contact the American Dental Association (ADA) at 312/440-2500 or visit
    • Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) scores. Contact Harcourt Assessment, Inc. (also known as Pearson) at 800/622-3231 or visit
    • Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) scores. Contact Optometry Admission Testing Program at 800/232-2159 or
  1. Completion of the typical prerequisite coursework for admission into medical, dental, optometry, veterinary medicine or pharmacy schools, including biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English; prospective students are responsible for determining the prerequisites for the health professional program and institution of their choice.
  2. Completion of the prerequisite courses with grades of C or better (grades of C- are not acceptable).
  3. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  4. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.


CourseSem HrsQtr Hrs
Biology with lab812
General Chemistry with lab812
Organic Chemistry with lab812

Additional Applicant Information


Program Description


The Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (M.A.) 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 enhance their credentials for admission into medical school or other health professional program. All students take a total of 45 quarter hour credits: 41 required core credits and 4 elective credits. Core courses include: Biochemistry I & II, Human Anatomy (with lab), Human Genetics, Human Physiology I & II, Pathophysiology, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Immunology, Pharmacology I, II & III, Neuroscience, and Professional Development. The elective credits, offered in a variety of disciplines, include other biomedical science courses and professional preparation courses e.g. Alternative Therapies & Natural Products, Biomedical Imaging, Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Development of Newly Approved Drug Therapies, Ethics of Research & Experimentation, Fundamentals of Research, Lab Research, Medical Spanish, Nutrition in Preventative Medicine, and Research Design & Methodology. These electives improve critical thinking and enhance the student’s preparation for professional school applications.

NOTE: Transferrring 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 the first year cannot "stay on" for a second year to get the MBS degree.


The Midwestern University Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences Program provides students with an in-depth education in the biomedical sciences and graduates students who are competitive applicants for admission into professional programs in healthcare.

Planned Program Improvements



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.

Related Links


MWU MBS in Biomedical Sciences Program in Downers Grove

MWU MBS in Biomedical Sciences Program in Glendale

MWU MA in Biomedical Sciences Program in Glendale

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)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)

Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)



Biomedical Sciences MA/MBS Comparison


MA in Biomedical Science MBS in Biomedical Science
Duration9 months21-24 months
Start DateFall Quarter onlyFall Quarter only
Credits (Qtr Hr)45 minimum72 minimum
Admission Requirements
Bachelor's degreeyesyes
Minimum GPA2.75/4.002.75/4.00
Letters of RecommendationTwo individual or One committee letterTwo individual or One committee letter
TranscriptsFrom each college/university attendedFrom each college/university attended
Prerequisite Courses
Biology with Lab8 sem hrs / 12 qtr hrsstrongly recommended
General Chemistry with Lab8 sem hrs / 12 qtr hrsstrongly recommended
Organic Chemistry with Lab8 sem hrs / 12 qtr hrsstrongly recommended
Physics4 sem hrs / 6 qtr hrsstrongly recommended
Mathematics3 sem hrs / 4 qtr hrsstrongly recommended
Human Anatomyx
Ethics of Research & ExperimentationElectivex
Professional Developmentxx
Human Geneticsxx
Literature Reviewx
Principles of Biostatisticsx
Fundamentals of ResearchElectivex
Research Design and MethodologyElectivex
Seminar in the Biomedical Sciencesx
Laboratory ResearchElectivex
Jounal Clubx
Thesis Proposalx
Electives4 credit hours8 credit hours