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 Biomedical Sciences (M.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

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

Class Size


Class of 2019 Profile

  • Female: 62%
  • Male: 38%
  • Average Age: 25
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.17
  • Class Size: 34
  • Top Home States: Illinois (59%), Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee

Postgraduate Education Opportunities

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

Career Opportunities

  • Research technicians
  • Governmental and regulatory agencies
  • Pharmaceutical laboratories
  • Teaching 

Graduation Rate (2017)

  • 66% (21/32) of students matriculating in the class of 2017 graduated from the program
  • 88% (28/32) of matriculants either graduated or are currently enrolled in a professional program

MWU Outcomes (Class of 2017)

81% (26/32) of matriculants were accepted into professional programs (Medicine, Dentistry, Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Optometry, and Veterinary Medicine), or were offered a research job in academia or industry1

1Class of 2017 Biomedical Sciences-Illinois May 2017 exit survey (95% [20/21] of graduates responding) and MWU Professional School Admissions.

US Employment Projections

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2017-2018 edition, occupational outlook handbook, the following Biomedical Sciences related employment occupations are expected to reflect the following demand:

Employment of Biological Technicians

Job Outlook

Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in biotechnology and medical research is expected to increase demand for these workers.

2017 Median Pay - $43,800 per year - $21.06 per hour

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/biological-technicians.htm - (accessed 4/13/18)

Employment of Medical Scientists

Job Outlook

Employment of medical scientists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than 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.

2017 Median Pay - $82,090 per year - $39.46 per hour

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/medical-scientists.htm - (accessed 4/13/18)

Admission Requirements


To be considered for admission to the Master of Biomedical Sciences Program, an applicant must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. Test scores from either:
    • 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 Admission Test (MCAT) scores. Contact the MCAT Program Office at 202/828-0690 or visit http://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat
    • Dental Admission 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 800/627-7271 or visit www.pcatweb.info.
    • Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) scores.
      Contact Optometry Admission Testing Program at 800/232-2159 or
  1. Two letters of recommendation (or one committee letter).
  2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  3. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  4. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.

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Program Description


The Master of Biomedical Sciences Program is a full-time, graduate level program that provides the student with a broad background in the biomedical sciences, laboratory experiences, and research skills. Successful completion of the program leads to a Master of Biomedical Sciences degree. 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 in areas such as technicians and supervisors in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, research personnel in biomedical sciences laboratories, employees in governmental and regulatory agencies, and undergraduate teaching. In addition, the curriculum will make the successful student a competitive candidate for admission to postbaccalaureate professional schools offering degrees in the health sciences.

The 72 quarter-hour curriculum typically is completed in 21 months. Students who need more than 21 months to complete the program will be required to enroll in a thesis continuation course. 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 thesis committee. The required curriculum includes six basic science courses, but allows the student to choose areas of emphasis, such as physiology, pharmacology, microbiology and immunology, or biochemistry. In addition to the basic science courses, the students must take a series of research courses that prepare the student for a research project and thesis that is the culmination of the degree program. The research courses include Research Design and Methodology, Principles of Biostatistics, Literature Review, Professional Development, Advanced Topics, Seminar in Biomedical Sciences, Fundamentals of Research, Ethics of Research and Experimentation, Thesis Proposal, Laboratory Research, and Thesis. A series of electives and independent studies are available to complete the 72 quarter-hour requirement. The electives allow students to further specify an area of interest to better prepare them for a career in their chosen field. A dual degree option is available to students who are accepted into another professional program.

The Master of Biomedical Sciences program will also benefit students who wish to improve their credentials for application to medical school or other health professions programs. The Master of Biomedical Sciences Program allows students to demonstrate their ability to perform at a graduate level, improve their GPA, better prepare for the professional entrance exam and take courses the broaden their undergraduate coursework.

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 

  • Opportunities to do research with Medical School, Pharmacy School, College of Health Sciences or College of Graduate Studies faculty
  • Opportunities to present research at local and national conferences
  • Opportunities to participate in grant writing
  • Opportunities to write publications for peer-reviewed scientific journals


The Midwestern University Master of Biomedical Sciences Program provides students with an in-depth education in the biomedical sciences and a significant experience in laboratory research.

Planned Program Improvements

  • A new 4 credit Human Anatomy elective in Winter.



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

Campus Safety


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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