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Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.)

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The College of Graduate Studies one- and two-year Biomedical Sciences graduate programs help you to leverage your existing knowledge, technical skills, and expertise into building a career in the health sciences. Upon completion of the Biomedical Sciences Master of Arts Program, your research skills and studies will prepare you for further academic and professional healthcare training, and the two-year Master of Biomedical Sciences Program will help you become a competitive applicant for careers in biotechnology, biosafety, government service, and more. Welcome to tomorrow's healthcare team!

Program
Masters

Location
Glendale, AZ

Duration
21-24 Months, Full-Time

Intake
August

Class Size
30


The Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.) Program is designed as a full-time, graduate-level program that provides students with a broad background in the biomedical sciences, laboratory experiences, and research skills. 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 as technicians and supervisors in the biotechnology, biosafety, and pharmaceutical industries; research personnel in biomedical science laboratories; employees in governmental and regulatory agencies; and faculty for undergraduate teaching programs.

The 88.5-quarter-hour (minimum) master's degree curriculum is usually completed in 21-24 months. All 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 research committee. The required curriculum includes basic science courses in biochemistry; molecular and cellular biology; genetics; and physiology. Students must also complete at least one additional basic science sequence; microbiology and immunology; pharmacology; and/or histology and anatomy. In addition to the basic science courses, students must take a series of research courses that prepares them for a research project and thesis that is the culmination of the degree program. The research courses include: Research Topics and Methods, Research Design and Statistics, Good Laboratory Practice, Journal Club, Graduate Seminar Series, Laboratory Rotations, Philosophical Foundations of Research, Research Literature Review, Research Protocol, Laboratory Research, and Research Thesis. Finally, a series of electives and independent study courses are available. The electives allow students to further specify an area of interest to better prepare them for a career in their chosen field.

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 and get the M.B.S. degree.

The State of Arizona Board of Private Postsecondary Education has approved all current degree programs at Midwestern University-Glendale, Arizona Campus. All degrees are conferred under the authority granted by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413; 312/263-0456; www.ncacihe.org.

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

To be considered for admission to the Master of 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 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, such as: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and mathematics are strongly recommended. Prospective students are responsible for determining the prerequisites for the health professional program and institution of their choice.
  7. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  8. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.

Transfer of a limited number of graduate-level course credits from other institutions may be allowed: 6 semester (9 quarter) hours for the Master of Biomedical Sciences. However, this does not remove the requirement to enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours per quarter.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students are advised to complete their application files as early as possible, but no later than July 15th, to ensure timely consideration.


General Requirements

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

Class of 2020 Profile

  • Female: 53%
  • Male: 47%
  • Average Age: 26
  • Average Overall GPA:  3.0
  • In-State: 37%
  • Top "Home" States: Arizona, California, Texas

Graduation Rate and Outcomes

On-Time Graduation Rate (2018)

  • Eighteen (18) of the 26 students (69%) who matriculated into the class of 2018 graduated from the Masters of Biomedical Sciences degree program within 21 months; 88% graduated from the program within 24 months. One (1) student did not complete the Master of Biomedical Sciences program, but was accepted into a professional school prior to graduation. 

Graduate Outcomes (2018)

  • Fifteen (15) of the 26 students (58%) who graduated in the class of 2018 have been accepted into a medical, dental, Ph.D, or physician assistant program.
  • Eleven (11) of the 26 students (42%) who graduated in the class of 2018 have not communicated their career status with the program.
  • Historically, additional students are accepted following a gap year.
  • Data obtained from Midwestern University matriculation records and annual exit interviews. 

Career Opportunities

  • Research technicians
  • Ph.D. Programs in Science
  • Pharmaceutical laboratories
  • Postsecondary teaching

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:

  • Overall employment of  medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Employment of  biological technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupation
  • Employment of  forensic science technicians is projected to grow 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation,          the fast growth will result in only about 2,600 new jobs over the 10-year period. Competition for jobs is expected to be strong.
  • Employment of  medical scientists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Overall employment of  health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. 
  • Employment of  biochemists and biophysicists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Students continuing on to academic or professional programs in healthcare can expect employment opportunities and salaries consistent with each individual academic discipline or healthcare profession. 

Profession

Median Annual Salary (2017)

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians 

$51,770

Biological Technicians

$43,800

Forensic Science Technicians 

$57,850

Medical Scientists 

$82,090

Health Educators and Community Health Workers 

$45,360

Biochemists and Biophysicists 

$91,190

 

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm (accessed 2/26/19)

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/biological-technicians.htm (accessed 2/26/19)

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/forensic-science-technicians.htm (accessed 2/26/19)

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/medical-scientists.htm (accessed 2/26/19)

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

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/biochemists-and-biophysicists.htm (accessed 2/26/19)

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