Biomedical Sciences MS

LEWIS KATZ SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

About the Program

The MS program is aimed at broad interdisciplinary training in the major areas of Biomedical Sciences. The goal is to train students in the theory and practice of Biomedical Sciences for eventual service in research and teaching. Students are instructed in diverse laboratory techniques through a series of lecture and laboratory courses, and provided with a program of experimental research for thesis students under the guidance of a faculty member. Two options are available:

  • Thesis Track, with a transcripted concentration in the area of thesis research. Five areas of concentration or clusters are available: Cancer Biology and Genetics, Infectious Disease and Immunity, Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Neuroscience, and Organ Systems and Translational Medicine. Students complete and defend a master's thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.
  • Non-Thesis Track, which is in General Biomedical Sciences. Students complete didactic coursework in each of the five cluster areas.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location: Health Sciences Center. With the permission of the student's Advisory Committee, elective courses not offered at HSC may be taken at other campuses.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The MS degree program is designed as a full-time day program of study to be completed in 20 to 24 months.

Interdisciplinary Study: The graduate program in Biomedical Sciences is interdisciplinary and emphasizes translational research. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty in disease-based research centers in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, including the Center for Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research; Center for Metabolic Disease Research; Center for Neurovirology; Center for Substance Abuse Research; Center for Translational Research; Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center; Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology; Independence Blue Cross Cardiovascular Research Center; Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center; Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center; and Temple Autoimmunity Center.

Ranking: The 2019 U.S. News and World Report ranked Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine number 60 in Research and among the Best Medical Schools.

Areas of Specialization: This interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences graduate program offers five areas of concentration for students who plan to earn the MS with a thesis:

  • Cancer Biology and Genetics
  • Infectious Disease and Immunity
  • Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Organ Systems and Translational Medicine

Job Prospects: This well-balanced program has been designed to be individually tailored to meet the interests and needs of each student and to fully prepare each student for a Biomedical Sciences career in academia, industry and government. The graduate program is designed to provide training in the theory and practice of Biomedical Sciences for eventual placement in research and teaching positions.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students may enroll in some courses with permission from the course instructor and approval from the Office of Graduate Studies at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.

Financing Opportunities: Students may visit the Student Financial Services website for financial aid information.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Pre-Application Deadline for International Applicants Only:

All international applicants who have not earned a degree in the United States or from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction are required to complete a Pre-Application for approval before applying. The Pre-Application is found on the Biomedical Sciences website at https://medicine.temple.edu/education/biomedical-sciences-graduate-program/admissions/pre-application-international-applicants and must be submitted electronically by October 31.

Application Deadline:

Fall: February 15

All applicants to the MS program must apply via BioMedical’s Centralized Application Service (BioMedCAS). The system can be accessed at https://biomedcas.liaisoncas.com/. Applicants should check their application status on the BioMedCAS portal often and inquire directly of BioMedCAS about receipt of materials.

A supplemental application is also required to be submitted directly to Temple University. Submission of the supplemental application generates the applicant’s TUid number. The BioMedCAS application will not be considered without the assigned TUid.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from faculty and supervisors of research experiences.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration: Applicants should have undergraduate training in the life sciences such as Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, or Molecular Biology and Genetics. Students are also expected to have training in Chemistry and Mathematics.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree in the Biological or Chemical Sciences is required.

Statement of Goals: In approximately 500 to 1,000 words, describe your interest in Temple's Biomedical Sciences graduate program, research interests and past experience, future career goals, and academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:
GRE: Optional. Students are not required to submit standardized scores, including GRE or MCAT scores, to supplement their application.

Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 53

Transfer Credit: Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into the MS program in Biomedical Sciences. The completed courses must be equivalent in content to coursework offered at Temple, and the grades earned must be a "B" or better in order to transfer credits. The Associate Dean reviews the syllabus from the completed course(s) to determine equivalency and makes the recommendation to accept the credits for transfer.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30 Thesis Track or 36 Non-Thesis Track

Required Courses:

Thesis Track

Core Courses 1
BMSC 8101Molecules to Cells6
BMSC 8102Experimental Design and Biostatistics1
BMSC 8103Scientific Integrity and Bioethics1
BMSC 8201Organ Systems: Function, Dysfunction and Therapeutics4
BMSC 8202Scientific Communications1
BMSC 8203Introduction to Bioinformatic Tools and Applications1
Concentration-Specific Student Seminar and Journal Club (2 terms) 22
Basic Elective
Select one from the following:2
Cell Structure & Function
Molecular, Cellular and Systems Signal Transduction
Molecular Approaches to Research
Concentration-Specific Advanced Electives 34
Research Courses
BMSC 9991Biomedical Science Research1
BMSC 9996Master's Thesis7
Total Credit Hours30

Approved Advanced Electives by Area of Concentration

Cancer Biology and Genetics
Cancer Biology
Genetics and Epigenetics
Infectious Disease and Immunity
The Biology of the Immune Response
Molecular Genetics of Human Viruses
Cellular and Molecular Basis of Host-Microbe Interactions
Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
RNA and its Role in Gene Expression
Molecular Physiology of Ion Signaling
Structure and Dynamics of Biomolecules and Assemblies
Neuroscience
Essentials of Neuroscience 1
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Neuropharmacology
Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse
Translational Science of Nervous System Diseases
Organ Systems and Translational Medicine
Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
Hemostasis and Thrombosis
Translational Pulmonary Physiology - Experimental Basis
Advanced Pharmacology and Translational Medicine
Development, Function and Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System
Organ Metabolism - Molecular Pathology and Experimental Models

Non-Thesis Coursework Track

Core Courses 1
BMSC 8101Molecules to Cells6
BMSC 8102Experimental Design and Biostatistics1
BMSC 8103Scientific Integrity and Bioethics1
BMSC 8104Introduction to Laboratory Research I1
BMSC 8201Organ Systems: Function, Dysfunction and Therapeutics4
BMSC 8202Scientific Communications1
BMSC 8203Introduction to Bioinformatic Tools and Applications1
BMSC 8204Introduction to Laboratory Research II1
Student Seminar and Journal Club (2 terms) 22
Basic Elective
Select one from the following:2
Cell Structure & Function
Molecular, Cellular and Systems Signal Transduction
Molecular Approaches to Research
Advanced Electives 316
Total Credit Hours36

Non-Thesis Project Track

Core Courses 1
BMSC 8101Molecules to Cells6
BMSC 8102Experimental Design and Biostatistics1
BMSC 8103Scientific Integrity and Bioethics1
BMSC 8104Introduction to Laboratory Research I1
BMSC 8201Organ Systems: Function, Dysfunction and Therapeutics4
BMSC 8202Scientific Communications1
BMSC 8203Introduction to Bioinformatic Tools and Applications1
Student Seminar and Journal Club (2 terms) 22
Basic Elective
Select one from the following:2
Cell Structure & Function
Molecular, Cellular and Systems Signal Transduction
Molecular Approaches to Research
Advanced Electives 312
Research Course
BMSC 9995Master's Project (2 terms) 45
Total Credit Hours36

Culminating Events:
Thesis:
For the Thesis Track, the thesis must be based on an original research project. It should demonstrate the student's familiarity with laboratory techniques related to the research project and the ability to evaluate critically the literature in the student’s chosen area. The student submits the thesis in complete form not less than 14 days prior to the date of the final examination. The thesis must have been read and approved by the thesis advisor prior to distribution. The student should confirm a time and date for the thesis defense with the Final Examination Committee.

The final examination consists of a defense of the student's thesis to demonstrate competence within the field of the thesis and closely related areas. The student's Advisory Committee votes to pass or fail the thesis and the defense at the conclusion of the presentation. If the student must make revisions, those changes must be approved as arranged by the Committee.

Note that the Non-Thesis Track has no culminating event. Students may elect to obtain research experience within a laboratory.

Contacts

Program Web Address:

https://medicine.temple.edu/education/biomedical-sciences-graduate-program

Department Information:

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

3500 N. Broad Street, MERB 1111

Philadelphia, PA 19140

tusmgrad@temple.edu

215-707-2423

215-707-6687

Submission Address for Application Materials:

https://biomedcas.liaisoncas.com/

Submission Address for Supplemental Temple University Application:

https://apply.temple.edu/MED_GRAD/

Department Contacts:

Admissions and Program Coordinators:

Dianne Soprano, PhD

Associate Dean for Graduate and M.D./Ph.D. Programs

dsoprano@temple.edu

215-707-3266

Scott K. Shore, PhD

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Specialty Programs

sks@temple.edu

215-707-5072