Masters in Biology, Medical Science Concentration (MBMS)
Program Description and Objectives
Post baccalaureate students often encounter a “gap year” prior to applying to medical school. Often they need additional coursework and advising to enhance their application and make them more competitive in the selection process. Once they matriculate into medical school, students often struggle with their first year of medical school didactics and wish they had taken key premedical courses beforehand. For these reasons, we are offering a new concentration in Medical Sciences as an alternative to the more traditional non-thesis Masters in Biology track. This option focuses on 1) mastery of specific premedical coursework that simulates first year medical school courses, 2) advisement with the medical school application process, and 3) a capstone course that focuses on internships and clinical research.
The Master of Biology Medical Sciences Program (MBMS) consists of 40 credit hours of relevant courses that teach concepts and skills central to the practice of medicine. Many of the courses are taught using case-based or problem-based instruction methods. Medical schools are adopting case-based instruction methods; therefore, students who complete the MBMS program will have been exposed to this teaching format. Demonstrating success in these courses would further strengthen the credentials of the candidate possibly giving them an advantage over students who only take the minimum required courses set by various medical programs.
Our curriculum has four components:
- 2 CH of Graduate Seminar
- 28 CH of Medical Science Courses
- 6 CH of Broad based Interdisciplinary Healthcare related Electives
- 4 CH of Clinical Internship or Clinical Research
The curriculum can be completed in 4 semesters; however, students who teach, have jobs, and other commitments may take longer. Tuition waivers for teaching are highly competitive and require an 18 credit hour enrollment each semester of teaching (12 CH in the summer).
- A strict minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.30 (both cumulative and science). Scores below this cut off WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.
- A minimum GRE score in the 40th percentile in all three categories, or a minimum MCAT score of 490. DAT scores are not accepted.
- Upload ALL Official Transcripts of past academic performances.
- Statement of Purpose
- TOEFL/IELTS scores (International Students only)
- Completion of all of the premed prerequisites required by medical schools:
One year of General Biology with labs, one year of Physics, one year of English, and two years of Chemistry with labs (inclusive of Organic Chemistry), and Biochemistry I with a grade of C or better. Most applicants have grades of B or better. These cannot be online courses.
- At least three letters of recommendation–two of which need to be from professors.
- Select the concentration in Medical Science as your first choice
- Complete Biol 7240, 7250 and 7800 with a grade no lower than a B. Many applicants do not have these prerequisite premed courses, yet may be accepted into MBMS under CONDITIONAL STATUS with the contingency of completing these courses their FIRST semester of graduate school. Candidates can take other graduate courses, but before they are formally accepted into MBMS, they must complete these prerequisite courses. If comparable courses were taken as an undergraduate, they may be accepted as a substitution; however, this is subject to the discretion of the MBMS directors. Conditional students who do not fulfill the specifications of their acceptance, will be terminated from the MBMS program.
Complete on Online Application
Deadlines: MAY 15 for fall enrollment, SEPTEMBER 1 for spring enrollment.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE DEADLINES DIFFER FROM THE OTHER MASTER’S DEGREE CONCENTRATIONS!!!!
Incomplete files, files that do not make the GPA and test score minimums, and/or files submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. This a competitive program and applicants must meet the requirements listed above to be considered. Selections are also based on enrollment capacity.
Current GSU Master’s students seeking to switch into MBMS concentration must resubmit their application in the next cycle, specifying MBMS as their primary choice. Their files will be reviewed alongside new applicants. There is no guarantee of acceptance into the MBMS concentration.
Applicants who are accepted into the MBMS program, either full or on contingent basis, must notify the Graduate Office and Dr. Eilertson within 30 days of the date on the award letter to be put on the cohort roster. Students must enroll in program courses the first semester as indicated in their award letter. Those who do not declare acceptance will be dropped from the MBMS program and replaced with waitlisted students, per space availability. Students who do not enroll in the first semester will have to reapply as spots are not held for any reason.
Contact the MBMS Advisors below if you have any questions:
Co-Director, Dr. Therese Poole, 216 PSC, (404) 413-5339
Co-Director, Dr. Carmen Eilertson, 283 PSC, (404)-413-5355
Graduate Program Coordinator, Robin Nguyen, (404)-413-5430
Graduate Academic Advisor, Larialmy Allen, (404)-413-5405