MS in Medical Sciences

Program Description

The Master of Science in Medical Sciences Program (MAMS) is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in a health-related field. The program introduces students to a broad range of topics in the medical sciences while strengthening their academic credentials for admission to professional school. In its 28-year history, many of the 2,000 graduates of the MAMS program have gone on to receive MD, DO, DMD, and PhD degrees and have become leaders in their chosen fields.

The curriculum in the MS in Medical Sciences Program is closely aligned with the first-year medical curriculum at Boston University School of Medicine and several courses, including the required Biochemistry and Cell Biology (BI 751) and Medical Physiology (PH 730/731) courses have identical content and faculty. Other graduate-level courses allow students to explore additional areas of medicine and biomedical research.

The MAMS program is a 32-credit program that can be completed in four semesters in either one or two calendar years. The curriculum and tuition for the program are identical for both the one- and two-year options. A laboratory- or literature-based thesis is required and many students elect to complete the program in two years, using the second year to gain valuable research experience.

In addition to coursework in the medical sciences, students may also opt to pursue interests in other areas, such as public health, mental health counseling & behavioral medicine, clinical investigation, or nutrition, by entering a concentration or dual degree program.

An Oral Health Sciences Track is also offered for students who are specifically interested in dental medicine (see below).

Degree Requirements

Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 32 graduate credit hours in four semesters. At least 24 of the credits must be obtained from required and elective coursework and up to 8 credits may be obtained from thesis research. The four-semester requirement can be satisfied in 12 calendar months by registering for Fall, Spring and the two Summer semesters, or in 24 calendar months by registering for Fall and Spring semesters in two consecutive years.

The original thesis may be completed through a laboratory- or literature-based research project and is carried out under the guidance of a faculty member in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. Research may be conducted at either Boston University School of Medicine or another institution of the student’s choosing.

Required Courses

The MS in Medical Sciences program features a structured set of core course requirements and a wide variety of courses in many disciplines from which electives may be chosen.

The core courses required of all students in the program are:

  • GMS BI 751* Biochemistry & Cell Biology
    (Fall Semester, 6 cr)
  • GMS MS 700 Elementary Biostatistics
    (Fall or Spring Semester, 2 cr)
    or GMS CI 670 Biostatistics with Computer
    (Fall Semester, 4 cr)
  • GMS PH 730* and PH 731* Human Physiology A, B
    (Fall and Spring semesters, 4 cr each)
  • GMS MS 640 Introduction to Biomedical Information
    (Spring Semester, 2 cr)

Medical school equivalent coursework is indicated with an asterisk (*)

Elective Courses

Following are examples of elective courses which may be taken by students in the program.

Fall Semester Electives

  • GMS AN 722 Cellular Organization of Tissues (4 credits)
  • GMS BN 777/778/779 Beginning Basic Neuroscience (2–4 credits)
  • GMS CI 640 Regulatory & Compliance Issues (4 credits)
  • GMS CI 675 Designing Clinical Research Studies (4 credits)
  • GMS FS 703 Forensic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • GMS MH 703 Counseling Techniques (3 credits)
  • GMS FS 705 Forensic Anthropology (2 credits)
  • GMS GC 603 Embryology, Teratology & Prenatal Genetics (3 credits)
  • GMS GC 605 Clinical Applications in Human Genetics (4 credits)
  • GMS MS 971 Related Medical Sciences (research)

Spring Semester Electives

  • GMS BN 777/778/779 Beginning Basic Neuroscience (2–4 credits)
  • GMS CI 631 Clinical Trials Management (4 credits)
  • GMS CI 790 Seminar in Clinical Research (2 credits)
  • GMS MI 518 Virology (4 credits)
  • GMS PA 600 Introduction to Pathology of Disease (4 credits)
  • GMS PM 730 Introduction to Medical Pharmacology (4 credits)
  • GMS MS 791 Essential Readings in Translational Research (2 credits)
  • GMS MS 972 Related Medical Sciences (research)

Admissions

In addition to the general admissions requirements for the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, applicants to the MSMS program are expected to have completed all pre-medical requirements including two semesters each of chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and biology, all with lab.

Applicants must also submit scores from either the GRE or MCAT examination.