Enhance your academic portfolio for professional school

This master’s degree is designed to serve students preparing for a professional program in health sciences. Program requirements may be completed in one year, allowing for students to be eligible to apply or re-apply to their desired professional program. Through the program, students will increase competitiveness in the professional school application process by proving their academic abilities and strengthening their science foundation. Graduates of this program are equipped to demonstrate tangible success with an intensive health sciences curriculum.

Core courses in biology will provide the necessary foundation for professional school success. Students will select elective coursework from a variety of academic disciplines based on their professional and academic goals.

Other career options for students completing this program include (but are not limited to) teaching health sciences at high school or community college, biomedical research and other laboratory positions, and medical device and pharmaceutical sales.


  1. Admission requirements set forth by the Office of Graduate Studies
  2. Completed introductory course work in each of the following areas:
    • General Biology (2 semesters)
    • General Chemistry (2 semesters)
    • Anatomy and Physiology (2 semesters)
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Statistics or Biostatistics
    • Microbiology
    • Medical Terminology (recommended)
  3. Undergraduate GPA at least 3.0 in prerequisite courses.*
  4. Letter of intent that describes the applicant’s interests, goals, and plan for obtaining an M.S. in Health Sciences degree.

*In lieu of meeting the GPA requirements, professional school admission exam scores may be submitted for consideration by the admissions committee.

Benefits of a Master's Degree

The increasing need for competent and passionate healthcare workers is significant and continues to rise. Employment in healthcare occupations across the United States is expected to grow by 18% from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This graduate degree is designed to increase student competitiveness for professional programs in the health sciences, allowing a pathway to meet the ongoing workforce demand.