Biomedical & Health Sciences - Master's Programs

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Master's Program

Pre-medical | Pre-dental | Biomedical research

185 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ | 973-72-4511 |gsbsnadm@gsbs.rutgers.edu

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The program has a flexible curricula and it builds on the existing strengths of basic and clinical faculty in the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM). We are located on the same campus as NJMS and RSDM and our students are taught by the faculty of Rutgers NJMS and RSDM. Students enrolled in the Master's program have the opportunity to obtain either a Master of Science in Biomedical Science (MS) or a Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degree. The MS requires a 5-credit research thesis while the MBS is predominantly based on coursework. Students have the flexibility to switch between MS and MBS. Students applying to the Masters Program can apply to be part of one of the following tracks:

Medical scholars track

Pre-medical students

This track is designed for students interested in applying to medical school, including schools of osteopathic medicine, and to other health related professions such as physician assistant. Students in the program receive personalized advice from Dr. Krista Blackwell and a clinical advisor. Students who meet select academic criteria have the opportunity to take medical courses and be graded with Rutgers NJMS student. Students with a 3.6 GPA after at least 20 credits and an MCAT of at least 127 in each section (permanent resident or citizen of the US) are eligible for a guaranteed interview at Rutgers NJMS. 

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Dental scholars track

Pre-dental students

The Dental scholars track is designed for students interested in applying to U.S. dental schools. Students who meet select academic criteria have the opportunity to take dental school courses and be graded with RSDM students. Students with a 3.7 GPA and a DAT score of at least 20 Total Science and 20 Academic Average or passage on National Boards parts 1 and 2 on first take by BDS students are eligible for a guaranteed interview at Rutgers NJMS. Our students have access to three faculty from RSDM as academic advisors: Dr. Vincent K. Tsiagbe, Dr. Daniel Kadouri and Dr. Carla Cugini.  

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Biomedical research scholars track

Students and professionals pursue the Biomedical Research Scholars track to learn more about biomedical research in areas including but is not limited to cell biology, neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, immunology and infectious diseases, microbiology, molecular biology, and genetics. Students receive personalized advisement on curriculum and career development from Dr. Doreen Badheka. Graduates from this program enter into Ph.D. programs or enhance their career in the biopharma industry or teaching in higher education.

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Application requirements

All applications for admission to the Masters program are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed holistically based on their GPA, test scores, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. 

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Application deadline

Fall semester

June 30th of that year

Spring semester

November 15th of the preceding year

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General degree requirements

Students require 30 credits with a grade point average of 3.0 (B-average) or better to graduate. Of the 30 credits, 9 credits are required courses and the remaining 21 credits are electives. 

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