Tailored to meet your needs, Midwestern University's one- and two-year Biomedical Sciences degree programs offer the options you need to achieve your goals. Our student-centered curriculum is designed to provide you with a broad background in the biomedical sciences. Caring faculty members will guide you as you develop the academic and analytic skills you need to build your future. You'll be well-prepared for success whether you decide to pursue additional education in the health professions or choose to start a meaningful career in biomedical science.

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

General Requirements

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

Length of Program

9 months, full-time; begins fall quarter only

Class Size


Class of 2018 Profile

Female:  65%

  • Male:  35%
  • Average Age:  24
  • Average Overall GPA:  3.28
  • Class Size:  88
  • Top Home States:  Illinois (62%), California, Florida, Michigan

Postgraduate Education Opportunities

  • Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Optometry, and Podiatry
  • Ph.D. Programs in the sciences

Career Opportunities

  • Research Technicians
  • Governmental and regulatory agencies
  • Teaching

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 (2017)

  • 80% (68/85) of the students matriculating in the class of 2017 graduated from the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences degree program.
  • 87% (74/85) of matriculants either graduated or were accepted into a professional program.

MWU Outcomes (2017)

  • 68% (46/68) of the class graduating in 2017 have been accepted into professional programs (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Podiatry,Physician Assistant)1.

1 Class of 2017 Biomedical Sciences-Illinois May 2017 exit survey (69% [59/85] 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 http://www.ets.org
    • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores. Contact the MCAT Program Office at 202/828-0690 or visit www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat
    • Dental Admissions Test (DAT) scores. Contact the American Dental Association (ADA) at 312/440-2500 or visit www.ada.org.
    • Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) scores. Contact Harcourt Assessment, Inc. (also known as Pearson) at 800/622-3231 or visit www.pcatweb.info
    • Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) scores. Contact Optometry Admission Testing Program at 800/232-2159 or www.opted.org.
  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: 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 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

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




Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

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
Journal Clubx
Thesis Proposalx
Electives4 credit hours8 credit hours

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Students on the Downers Grove Campus benefit from a safe and secure suburban learning environment. Located 25 miles west of Chicago, our beautiful gated campus features 105-acres of wooded land and provides students with excellent living and learning opportunities. In addition, the University maintains a strong record of campus safety and has earned several partnership and citizen awards from local fire and police departments.

At Midwestern University, the safety and security of all members of our academic community is a top priority. For more information about our campus safety statistics, visit the national Campus Safety and Security database at http://ope.ed.gov/security/index.aspx.

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