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

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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.

Program
Masters

Location
Glendale, AZ

Duration
9 Months, Full-Time

Intake
August

Class Size
120


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. M.B.S. students who leave after their first year will not be granted an M.A .degree. M.A .students who do not get accepted into a professional program after the first year cannot "stay on" for a second year to get the M.B.S. degree.

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

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

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences 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 in all coursework completed.
  3. One letter of recommendation (individual or committee letter from the applicant's college or university).
  4. Copies of transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to matriculation.
  5. Copies of test scores from one of the following: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), Dental Admissions Test (DAT), Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), or other professional program admissions test. Official test scores must be submitted prior to matriculation. 
  6. Completion of the typical prerequisite coursework for admission into medical, dental, optometry or pharmacy schools, including biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Prospective students are responsible for determining the prerequisites for the health professional program and institution of their choice.
  7. Completion of the prerequisite courses with grades of C or better (grades of C- are not acceptable). 
  8. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  9. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.

PREREQUISITE COURSES

Course

Sem Hrs

Qtr Hrs

Biology with lab

8

12

General Chemistry with lab

8

12

Organic Chemistry with lab

8

12

Physics

4

6

Mathematics

3

4


General Requirements

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

Class Profile 2019

  • Female: 53%
  • Male: 47%
  • Average Age: 25
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.2
  • In-State: 34%
  • Top 5 "Home" States: Arizona, California, Illinois, Texas, Utah

Graduation Rate and Outcomes

On-Time Graduation Rate (2018)

  • Ninety-Three (93) of the 123 students (76%) who matriculated into the class of 2018 graduated from the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences degree program on time. Four (4) students (3%) did not complete the Master of Arts program, but were accepted into professional schools prior to graduation.

Graduate Outcomes (2018)

  • Fifty-Eight (58) of the 102 total students (57%) who graduated in the class of 2018 have been accepted into professional school, including: medical, dental, podiatry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and Ph.D. programs.
  • Forty-four (44) of the 102 students (43%) who graduated in the class of 2018 have not communicated their career status with the program.
  • Typically, additional students are accepted following a gap year.
  • Data obtained from Midwestern University matriculation records and annual exit interviews.

US Employment Projections

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

JOB OUTLOOK

Employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 16% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment of dentists is projected to grow 19% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment of optometrists is projected to grow 18% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because vision problems tend to occur more frequently later in life, an aging population will require more optometrists.

Employment of pharmacists is projected to grow 6% from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 37% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 19% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment of podiatrists is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Profession

Median Annual Salary (2017)

Health Educators and Community Health Workers

$38,370

Medical (Family/General Practice)

$208,560

General Dentist

$158,120

Optometrist

$110,320

Pharmacist

$124,170

Physician Assistant

$104,860

Veterinarian

$90,420

Podiatrist

$127,740

 

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm (accessed 2/26/19)

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291062.htm (accessed 2/26/19)

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/optometrists.htm  (accessed 2/26/19)

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dentists.htm  (accessed 2/26/19)

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacists.htm  (accessed 2/26/19)

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm (accessed 2/26/19)

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinarians.htm  (accessed 2/26/19)

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/podiatrists.htm  (accessed 2/26/19)

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