M.S. in Medical Sciences
Gaining acceptance to medical and other health-focused professional schools can be tremendously challenging. But with a M.S. in Medical Sciences from Marymount University, you’ll be ready for wherever your career path takes you!
Designed to prepare you for a successful career in medicine, Marymount’s M.S. in Medical Sciences is a unique program that strengthens scientific skills, improves scores on entrance exams like the MCAT, and gives you a competitive advantage in applying to medical and other health professional schools. If you’re interested in entering a career field within health care such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, or pharmaceuticals, the Medical Sciences program will provide you with the advanced knowledge necessary to succeed.
Offered in collaboration with Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU), Marymount’s Medical Sciences program is an intense, full-time academic experience, and students are strongly advised to not have outside employment in order to meet the rigorous requirements of a first-year medical school curriculum. You will engage with PHSU medical experts during recorded video lectures and participate in virtual labs, with time in Medical Sciences classes reserved for group discussions, clinical scenarios, and personalized feedback sessions with professors to improve your performance in classwork, homework, and exams.
Medical Sciences faculty at Marymount also help you build a pathway to your future. Not only will you gain a thorough understanding of all of the basic sciences – anatomy, biochemistry, histology, microbiology, neuroscience, and physiology – but you will also be enabled to recognize ethical and legal dilemmas in biomedical science, and demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills when working with a team. Plus, you can take advantage of comprehensive insights that help predict likelihood of success in medical school and determine which health care career might suit you best.
The top 20% of Medical Sciences graduates are also guaranteed an admissions interview for PHSU’s MD program located in St. Louis for English instruction and Puerto Rico for Spanish instruction.
Make an impactful difference on our health care system with a M.S. in Medical Sciences from Marymount University!
- 42 credits
- 3 semesters; 11 months to complete
- $929 per credit hour
- Fall, Spring, and Summer in-takes
- Appropriate undergraduate degree in areas such as biochemistry, biology, chemistry, health sciences, physics, etc.
- Minimum 2.7 GPA (exceptions considered on case-by-case basis)
- No GRE or MCAT required
- Official transcripts from all postsecondary education
- Prerequisite coursework, all with a course grade of C or better: 2 courses of biology with lab component; 2 courses of chemistry with lab component; 2 courses of organic chemistry with lab component; 2 courses of physics with lab component; 1 course of college-level mathematics; 2 courses of behavioral and social sciences (anthropology, economics, ethics, political science, psychology, or sociology); 1 course of composition or grammar English
- One-page personal statement regarding interest in health care career, descriptions of work/volunteer experiences in health care settings, and expectations for how the Medical Sciences program will help you in preparation for your career
- Virtual interview
- Course-by-course evaluation of transcript for all coursework completed outside the U.S.
- Submission of assessment scores from students for whom English is not their primary language
- 96 on TOEFL
- 6.5 on IELTS
- 58 on PTE academic exam
- Documentation of program completion at one of Marymount’s language partners
Program Curriculum Snapshot
MSMS 500: Human Gross Anatomy, Embryology, and Imaging
Consists of a detailed study of the normal structure, development, and organization of the human body. Gross structures are studied in a lab or virtual lab setting with the introduction of a radiology component. Lectures stress the contribution of developmental events to gross anatomical organization and how it correlates to clinically relevant conditions.
MSMS 501/502: Physiology I and II
Organized in system-based fashion to teach the normal functions of the body and how systems work. Cell, muscle, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems are covered in Physiology I, while renal and acid-base balance, gastrointestinal, and endocrinology/reproduction are covered in Physiology II. Pathologies and abnormal body functions are highlighted in clinical-based format.
MSMS 503/504: Medical Biochemistry I and II
Emphasizes medical aspects to provide necessary background knowledge for future application in other basic sciences and clinical courses, and assist in the understanding of molecular basis for given diseases. Topics covered include the structural and functional relationships of proteins, energy generation and storage from carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, nitrogen metabolism, gene expression and control, and medical genetics.
MSMS 505: Microbiology
Covers the most common pathogens involved in infectious diseases and their characteristics. Includes basic concepts of immunology, virology, mycology, bacteriology, and parasitology.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Medical Sciences graduates enter careers in a variety of health professions, including:
- Physician assistants
In addition to careers in patient care, graduates are well prepared for careers in scientific and medical research.
Salaries for Medical Sciences graduates range from $100,000 to $500,000.
Meet Our Faculty
Thank you for your interest in Marymount University’s Master of Science in Medical Sciences! You have chosen a very exciting time to embark on a career in health care. The need for knowledgeable, skilled health care professionals has never been greater, and we hope to see your career dreams come true.
At Marymount, you will get the personalized, cozy community feel of a small campus combined with the resources and advantages of a larger school in a bustling metropolitan area. Our small Medical Sciences class sizes and collaboration with Ponce Health Sciences University ensure you can have it all when it comes to your educational needs. Our location just six miles from the nation’s capital, our engaged faculty, and the innovative nature of our Medical Sciences program are just a few of the things that make Marymount unique and a perfect fit for your life.
The Medical Sciences program has helped students achieve their dreams of acceptance to professional schools such as medical, dentistry, podiatry, chiropractic, optometry, and others. We can’t wait to see what it will do for you! Please contact us today and get started on your future.
Dr. Amanda Wright
Professor of Biochemistry
School of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering