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.

Admission

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.

Application Materials

  • 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation appropriate for a professional school application. Referees may include professors, academic advisors, employment supervisors or others familiar with students' preparation for graduate study.
  • Official GRE, MCAT, PCAT or DAT score: Official score in one of the graduate admissions tests that is no more than three years old.

Advising

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.

Prerequisites

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.

  • 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.

Requirements

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.

Core Requirements
BIOL 443CLINICAL BIOETHICS AND MEDICAL LITERATURE3
Select one course with lab section5
Students must complete their remaining credit hours in a curriculum drawn from the following courses:18
PHYSIOLOGY: MECHANISMS AND DISORDERS
TOP: MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY
NUTRITION IN AMERICA
EVOLUTIONARY PHYSIOLOGY
CANCER BIOLOGY
GENERAL GENETICS (with or without lab)
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (with or without lab)
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN BIOCHEMISTRY & BIOTECHNOLOGY
BIOCHEMISTRY
DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY
CELL BIOLOGY (with or without lab)
MICROBIOLOGY (with lab)
INTRODUCTION TO GENOME ANALYSIS
PROTEIN STRUCTURE DETERMINATION
IMMUNOLOGY (with or without lab)
BIOLOGY OF AGING
BIOLOGY INTERNSHIP
Total Credit Hours26

Sample Course Sequence

The schedule below is provided as an example. Individualized schedules will be developed for each student in consultation with faculty advisors.

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
Cell Biology 3
Genetics 3
Microbiology 5
Developmental Biology 3
 Credit Hours14
Spring
Clinical Bioethics & Medical Literature 3
Immunology 3
Physiology: Mechanisms & Disorders 3
Cancer Biology 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours26