Biomedical Sciences, MA
Offered in: Chicago | Schaumburg
The Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences degree program is designed to help students enhance their understanding of the biological disciplines that are the intellectual foundation for medical school or other professional health science programs. The program also builds formal skills in analysis of the biomedical literature and of ethical questions that impact the medical profession. It is appropriate for students with a good overall medical school/professional school application package who need an additional opportunity to demonstrate their ability to master challenging coursework.
Students in the MABS degree program receive:
- Rigorous graduate-level coursework in the biological sciences designed to strengthen a student’s preparation for medical school/professional school.
- An academic environment that fosters a supportive community among students.
- Assistance in securing volunteer opportunities that enhance student skills before matriculating to medical school/professional school.
- Personal attention from faculty to maximize success in their classes.
- Advising services from the Pre-Health Professional advisor. This advisor will also work closely with students to optimize their application packages.
Applicants should consult the general requirements for admission to graduate study in the College of Arts and Sciences on the Roosevelt University web site. Graduate faculty members will evaluate each applicant’s individual record of academic achievement, professional experience and self-assessment. Weakness in one or a few areas of preparation will not preclude a positive admission decision.
- Graduate application: Application to the College of Arts & Sciences at Roosevelt University.
- Official transcript(s): Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
- Resume/curriculum vita: Students should provide a detailed account of their academic and extracurricular experiences. Include employment, teaching, leadership and research experiences as appropriate.
- Personal statement: This brief (one-page) personal statement conveys the student's motivation for his/her chosen career. If the student has a personal statement from a central admissions service, they may submit this statement.
- One letter of recommendation: One letter of recommendation appropriate for a professional school application. Referees may include professors, academic advisors, employment supervisors or others familiar with student's preparation for graduate study.
- Official GRE, MCAT, DAT, OAT or PCAT, score: Official score in one of the graduate admissions tests that is no more than three years old.
- Applications without a submitted standardized test score (unofficial GRE, MCAT, DAT, OAT, or PCAT.) may be reviewed and admitted under the discretion of the review committee. Please do not hesitate to contact your graduate admission counselor with any questions.
New students must consult with the graduate program director and pre-health advisor upon admission to the graduate program. Each year’s course schedule is drawn from a suite of approved courses for the program. Students should consult the pre-health professions advisor to determine the optimum set of courses to advance their professional school preparation.
Applicants to the MA Biomedical Sciences program must hold a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8, a preliminary MCAT/PCAT/DAT/OAT or GRE score, and must have completed the academic requirements described below. Applications without a submitted standardized test score may be reviewed and admitted under the discretion of the review committee. Please do not hesitate to contact your graduate admission counselor with any questions.
- One year of college-level mathematics; calculus is recommended
- Chemistry through the second semester of organic chemistry
- Physics through the second semester of physics
- Biology through introductory biology
Given the rigorous nature of our graduate coursework, students are strongly encouraged to have undergraduate biochemistry, anatomy/physiology, and/or microbiology courses in addition to the required courses.
All students must complete 26 credit hours to earn the MA Biomedical Sciences degree.
All students are required to take BIOL 443 CLINICAL BIOETHICS AND MEDICAL LITERATURE and must also take at least one course with a lab section.
|BIOL 443||CLINICAL BIOETHICS AND MEDICAL LITERATURE||3|
|Select one course with lab section||5|
|Students must complete their remaining credit hours in a curriculum drawn from the following courses:||18|
|BIOL 424||MARINE BIOLOGY||3|
|BIOL 466||ECOL & EVOL OF MICRO ORG||5|
|BIOL 483||SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY||3|
|PHYSIOLOGY: MECHANISMS AND DISORDERS|
|NUTRITION IN AMERICA|
|GENERAL GENETICS (with or without lab)|
|MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (with or without lab)|
|EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN BIOCHEMISTRY & BIOTECHNOLOGY|
|CELL BIOLOGY (with or without lab)|
|MICROBIOLOGY (with lab)|
|INTRODUCTION TO GENOME ANALYSIS|
|PROTEIN STRUCTURE DETERMINATION|
|IMMUNOLOGY (with or without lab)|
|BIOLOGY OF AGING|
|Total Credit Hours||26|
Sample Course Sequence
The schedule below is provided as an example. Individualized schedules will be developed for each student in consultation with faculty advisors.
|Fall||Credit Hours||Spring||Credit Hours|
|Cell Biology||3||Clinical Bioethics & Medical Literature||3|
|Microbiology||5||Physiology: Mechanisms & Disorders||3|
|Developmental Biology||3||Cancer Biology||3|
|Total Credit Hours 26|