Student Diversity and Enrichment Pipeline Programs

Student Diversity and Enrichment

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

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, 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 have achieved a total score of at least 22 on the MCAT. Applicants who are deficient in one or more of these requirements, but otherwise meet the college-wide requirements for admission to the Master's Program may be considered on a case by case basis.


Core Courses

GMS 6418 Core Principles and Musculoskeletal Systems

7 credits

GMS 6871 Health Science Ethics

2 credits

Required Courses

GMS 7930 Medical Science Learning Skills

3 credits

GMS 6707 Medical Neuroscience

6 credits

GMS 6411 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems

7 credits

GMS 6418 Excretory, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems

7 credits

Total minimum hours: 32

Please view the IMS Course Descriptions.

Prospective Applicants

We have not opened the 2015 applications cycle, as USF Health Morsani College of Medicine is redesigning the IMS program. We strongly encourage students to continue to pursue other options. Please revisit this page for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions about IMS

  • What’s the GPA of applicants admitted into IMS?

    The GPA range of applicants admitted into IMS is 3.0-3.5.

  • What’s the MCAT score of applicants admitted into IMS?

    The MCAT score range of applicants admitted into IMS is 22-25.

  • What is the lowest MCAT score you will accept?

    The minimum MCAT is 22; however, on case by case bases students with lower MCAT scores have been accepted.

  • What should be put in the place of the writing sample score on the MCAT?

    Any letter J - T

  • How many students are normally accepted into the IMS program each year?

    The IMS cohort size has been as small as 6 students. The maximum number of students admitted to the IMS program is 15.

  • How long is the IMS program?

    IMS is a one year intensive program.

  • How competitive is it to get into the IMS program?

    Very competitive, because we only accept up to 15 students.

  • Can I still be in undergrad and apply to IMS?

    Yes, but your baccalaureate degree must be awarded before you matriculate into the IMS program.

  • Once completing the program what will I have a degree in?

    You will have a Masters in Interdisciplinary Medical Science.

  • How many hours a day will I be occupied with the program?

    IMS classes meet Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 5 PM. Students should expect to spend a considerable amount of time preparing and reviewing course material. Students are strongly discouraged from working while in the program.

  • When does the application process open up for IMS?

    September 2, 2013

  • When is the deadline for the IMS application?

    Rolling admissions after the March 1st priority application deadline until June 2014.

  • Is it rolling admissions for the IMS program?


  • How can I find out the status of my application?

    The applicant will be notified via email when all of their application materials (recommendation letters and transcripts) have been received.

  • When are students notified of acceptance and denial into the program?

    Applications are reviewed after the March 1st priority application deadline. Applicants are notified via email approximately three weeks following this deadline.

  • When does the program start?

    IMS program begins mid-June.

  • How much does the program cost?

    IMS is a graduate level program; therefore the cost is the same as any other USF graduate program.

    Please view the 2013-2014 Cost of Attendance at USF.
  • Who can I speak with to find out if this program is right for me?
    General applicaiton questions should be sent via email to our Program Coordinator, Kevin Casey, at

    Applicants are assessed using a Holistic Review process, and are evaluated after they complete the IMS Application.