Student Diversity & Enrichment

Masters in Medical Science with a Concentration in Interdisciplinary Medical Science (IMS)

IMS participants are no longer offered conditional admission to USF MCOM MD program (as of August 2016).

The Interdisciplinary concentration within the Master's degree in Medical Sciences program is designed to provide qualified students with advanced training in the sciences basic to the practice of medicine. Students successfully completing the program will have a foundation that fosters opportunities in the private sector, clinical research, teaching, or the pursuit of further advanced degrees. A goal of this concentration is to provide promising medical school applicants an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that would enable them to have a career in the medical sciences.

Students who perform well during this program could be considered for admission to medical, graduate, or other health professions programs. This concentration provides an opportunity for students interested in graduate work that has a broad medical base. Students will take courses that will provide the same level of depth, breadth and intensity as those taken by a first year medical student. This will allow successful participants to demonstrate their readiness for the rigors of a medical school curriculum. Furthermore, the appropriate selection of elective courses will allow any student who completes the program to tailor their educational experience to best suit their future plans and aspirations.

Admission Information

Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution at the time of entrance into the program. They must have completed at least 1 year each of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biology and General Physics, and one semester of biochemistry, all with related laboratory experience. Applicants must have achieved a total score of at least 494 on the MCAT Applicants who are deficient in one or more of these requirements, but otherwise meet the college-wide requirements of a minimum 3.0 GPA for admission to the Master's Program may be considered on a case by case basis.

To learn more about the required premedical coursework and competencies of US and Canadian medical schools visit the AAMC website.


Program Core Course
GMS 6871 Health Science Ethics 2 credits
Required Concentration Courses
GMS 6004 Introduction to Medical Sciences 5 credits
GMS 6418 Musculoskeletal System 4 credits
GMS 6054 Cancer Biology 3 credits
GMS 6707 Medical Neuroscience 6 credits
GMS 6411 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems 6 credits
GMS 6418 Excretory, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems 6 credits
Elective Courses
Students may select elective courses with the approval of the Program Director.
GMS 6110 Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Parasite Interactions 3 credits
GMS 6115 Medical Parasitology and Mycology 3 credits
GMS 6141 Basic Medical Microbiology and Immunology 3 credits
GMS 7930 Selected Topics 1-3 credits
GMS 6908 Medical Sciences Independent Study 1-3 credits

Total minimum hours: 31

Prospective 2017 Applicants


All applicants must first complete the USF Graduate School Application. When completing this application you will have the option to select a graduate program and concentration. Please select from the drop down list, M.S.M.S with a concentration in IMS. In addition, select admission for summer 2017.

USF Graduate School will notify Office of Student Diversity and Enrichment of your interest in the IMS program, you will then receive an email containing the IMS Application Instructions and a hyperlink to the additional IMS Program Application.

All applicants must provide an MCAT Score Report (with verification code), official transcripts from all college/universities attended, two science faculty letters of recommendation, and complete the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs Medical Sciences Secondary Application.

Students from a group under-represented in medicine and/or disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Supplemental Applications

Supplemental application instructions will be sent out via email.