One-Year Master's Overview
The Master's in Medical Sciences program offers two curriculum tracks: one track is the medical, which is designed to assist students who are seeking admission in a health professional school (e.g., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.V.M., D.P.T., and Pharm.D. programs) and the second is the research track which is designed for students who want to pursue a career in research, or enter into a biomedical sciences Ph.D. program.
There are two programs in the medical track. These programs in Medical Sciences, within the Morsani College of Medicine, have been developed to provide a novel interdisciplinary and concentrated program of study that is designed for students interested in either future doctoral or professional programs in the biomedical sciences and who value the interdisciplinary approach. The pre-professional program integrates several disciplines and topics including the subject areas of anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, histology, microbiology, neuroscience, pathology, pharmacology and physiology. These medically-oriented subject areas have been integrated to provide a solid foundation in the medical sciences. The rigorous program is designed to allow students to demonstrate their full academic ability and suitability for future careers in healthcare in either academic or clinical environments. The interdisciplinary nature of the program promotes a broad intellectual focus that is required of current and future health-care professionals. The anatomy concentration is designed to develop expertise and experience in human gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, embryology, histology, pathology and laboratory medicine. This program also promotes the broad intellectual focus required for future professional students in the anatomical sciences or other health-care related professions. Graduates of these programs are anticipated to continue their professional development at medical and dental schools together with a variety of other healthcare professional programs. Students in this track take selected pre-clinical medical school courses and are able to complete the requirements for a Master of Science degree in Medical Sciences within one year.
The M.S. research program in Medical Sciences, within the Morsani College of Medicine, offers several concentrations, which consists of basic/molecular science credits, with medical relevance. These research concentrations include Aging & Neuroscience, Women’s Health, and Molecular Medicine. The research track is designed to prepare students for future educational or research endeavors in graduate education or other professional programs. The courses are scheduled so that the degree can be completed within one year. In general, concentrations that AVERAGE seven (7) core/basic science and/or quantitative analysis credits per semester are intensely rigorous and will require the greatest amount of effort to be successful. The core difference between each concentration would be the course requirements. The "BEST" curriculum is based upon personal preference and therefore, applicants will need to exercise individual judgment.
Please note that our Staff and Departmental advisors are only able to address questions specific to the Medical Science curriculum and admissions. Students should maintain direct communication with the admissions officers/advisors for their goal schools of interest (e.g. John's Medical University). Institutions (e.g. John's Medical University) have officers/advisors that can provide the best recommendations regarding the Medical Science's appropriateness for admissions into their professional or graduate programs.