The degree track leading to a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences may be completed
in two years or three years and is intended for those students who wish to extend
their knowledge of the biomedical sciences and to engage in mentored biomedical research
or apply biomedical concepts in advanced graduate study.
In addition to a strong base of broad biomedical content in the first year, the degree
program will provide the student with skills in scientific method, research design,
methodology, writing and presentation. Graduates may apply their knowledge and skills
in industry, teaching, or as preparation for future professional or doctoral program
Foundation courses are conducted in the evening of the first program year for which
the student is awarded a certificate of graduate study prior to progressing to a masters
degree concentration track. In the degree completion year, students may elect one
of three MS degree concentrations: Biomedical Research, Forensic Biology, or Organizational
Leadership in the Biosciences.
During the first year, students choosing the research degree track will meet with
members of the PCOM faculty and choose an advisor. Together they will construct a
research proposal to be pursued in the research phase of the second year of the master's
program. The research phase must be completed through full-time day attendance.
The research concentration curriculum involves seminars in addition to conducting
original research supervised by a member of PCOM faculty. Regular committee meetings
allow students to demonstrate progress on their research. The degree program will
culminate in a research thesis and final oral defense of the work.
Students electing the Forensic Biology or Organizational Leadership concentrations
will complete 24 additional hours of graduate coursework in the respective discipline.
Organizational Leadership courses are conducted in the evening, and Forensic Biology
courses are held on a weekend/online format.