Masters in Medical Sciences Concentrations

MS Admissions


Thank you for your interest in our Medical Sciences graduate programs at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine! Our faculty committee members are eager to review your application! On this page, you will find detailed information on our admission requirements and how to apply. We look forward to welcoming you to the USF Health graduate community! 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university MUST BE EARNED by the start of classes. 
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the sciences. *
  • Test scores from at least ONE of the following exams taken in the past five years scoring at or above the 50th percentile: GRE, MCAT, DAT *
  • International applicants must meet the University’s requirements for demonstrating English proficiency.

*Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. 

Basic Science Requirements (does not apply to Biotechnology or Bioinformatics applicants)

The minimum basic science requirements include introductory courses and laboratories in the following:

 2 Semesters (or 3 Quarters) in each subject

  • Biological Science including laboratory
  • General Chemistry including laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry including laboratory
  • Physics including laboratory
  • Mathematics
  • English

Our science requirements are similar to the requirements of most health professional schools. Applicants should have completed most, if not all, of the science requirements before starting the program. 

College courses recommended, but not required, include physical chemistry or biological chemistry, biochemistry, embryology, cell biology, anatomy, genetics, histology, microbiology and statistics. College level work in calculus is strongly recommended.

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For questions about RESIDENCY qualifications and prior CONDUCT documents to report, please call Graduate Admissions at 813-974-8800 or e-mail

MS in Medical Sciences Deadlines

Fall 2020 Admission

The MS in Medical Sciences (Pre-Professional and Concentrations) is available for Fall admission only. 

Domestic: June 1, 2020
International: June 1, 2020

The MSMS IMS concentration starts on an alternative calendar (mid-June). Their priority deadline is March 1, 2020.

MS in Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Deadlines

Summer 2020 Admission Fall 2020 Admission Spring 2020 Admission

Domestic: February 15, 2020 
International: February 15, 2020

Domestic: June 1, 2020
International: June 1, 2020

Domestic: October 15, 2019
International: October 15, 2019

NOTEAll deadlines above are for the primary application and supporting documents. However, the department may accept and review supporting documents (i.e. pending test scores or grades) within a month after the primary application deadline on a seat available basis. Applicants who complete both their entire application by the primary deadline will have maximum consideration. 

  • Application Procedure

    Complete the online USF Graduate Application

    • For the Pre-Professional program (MSP3), select "MS in Medical Sciences” (no concentration). If you want to pursue a concentration, please select ‘Medical Science,” plus the concentration. 
    • The MS in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) program has a different application procedure and runs on an alternative calendar. Please see their website for details: 
    • Pay application fee ($30) 

    Upload Supporting Documents

    The following supporting documents must be received in order to be considered for admission. Incomplete applications lacking supporting documents will not be reviewed. For your convenience, you can upload the documents to your VZ application under “My Workspace” by selecting “My Documents”.

    • Transcripts 
    • Test Scores (GRE, MCAT, or DAT) 
      • Test scores must be earned within five years of the desired term of entry. 
      • GRE (General Test): Upload an unofficial copy of your GRE test scores from ETS. Official GRE scores should be sent through ETS to Graduate Admissions (school code: 5828). There is no department code. 
      • MCAT: Scores should be generated from the AAMC Score Reporting System. The PDF score report should include your AAMC ID and Verification Code to be verified as official. This information is generated at the top of your PDF score report. 
      • DAT: Upload a copy of your test scores. Official scores should be sent to the main Office of Admissions. 
    • Required Supplemental Information Form
      • Complete and upload to your online application.
      • Instructions for the Science GPA Calculator (included on the Required Supplemental Information Form)
        • The Science GPA Calculator is not required for Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, or international applicants with foreign transcripts. 
        • Include all sections (I and II) of Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics
        • You may also include courses in anatomy, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, botany, cell biology, ecology, entomology, genetics, histology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, physiology, physical chemistry, molecules and cells, astronomy, physics, and thermodynamics.
        • Do not include lab or math courses. 
        • Include all attempts of repeated courses, unless you received “grade forgiveness” on your transcripts.
    • Statement of Purpose (1 page) 
      • Address why you want to attend USF’s graduate master’s programs and your future professional goals. 
      • Identify how your background (education/professional experience/extracurricular activities) will help you succeed in the program. 
      • If applicable, address any circumstances that may have negatively affected your grades, or gaps in your academic/professional timeline.
    • Resume
      • Academic
      • Jobs/Professional experience
      • Volunteering 
      • Extracurricular activities 
    • Two Letters of Recommendations 
      • Letters intended for professional schools may be used. 
      • Applicants can use the “Recommendation Request” in the online application to send a link for your recommender to upload their letter to your online application. 
      • Recommendations should come from faculty or other professionals familiar with applicant's academic performance or professional potential. 
      • Letters of recommendation through a committee evaluation or an agency (i.e. Interfolio) may be e-mailed to our department:
  • Review Process

    Each application cycle runs from October through July for the Fall semester. Our faculty committee will review applications holistically and make decisions on a rolling basis during that time frame. 

    The best time to apply is when you feel your application is the strongest and before the June 1st deadline. 

    Once your application is complete, the committee can review your application and make a decision. Highly competitive applicants may hear a decision within 2-4 weeks after completing their application. Please keep in mind that the committee may place some applications on hold as the applicant pool grows. Decisions can be made up until a month before the semester begins. The fall semester will start August 24, 2020. 

    *This information does not apply to the MS Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) program. Since this program starts on an alternative calendar in June, their deadline will be earlier. IMS applicants should apply before May 1st.  

  • Admission Averages

    The admission process for graduate programs can be a complex process. In order to be fair and unbiased in our application process, our staff is unable to advise prospective students on how to enhance their application or discuss chances of admission to our master's programs.  

    To get a sense of the competitive nature of our master's programs, the information below includes historical data over the past three application cycles of accepted students who have matriculated into our master's program.

    Average metrics of enrolled applicants:

    • 2018 cycle - GPA: 3.38, MCAT: 500, GRE: 305, DAT: 18
    • 2017 cycle - GPA: 3.35, MCAT: 502, GRE: 307, DAT: 19
    • 2016 cycle - GPA: 3.35, MCAT: 501, GRE: 308, DAT: 18
  • Additional Requirements for International Students

    In addition to the requirements listed above, international students must also submit the documents listed below. Unofficial copies can be used for admissions review, but final admission will not be granted until official documents are received and processed by the Office of Admissions.

    1. A course-by-course foreign credential evaluation from a NACES accredited evaluation service. 
      • Accepted evaluation services include, but are not limited to: 
      • A copy of the original document that was evaluated and an English translation (if applicable) must be included with the evaluation.

    2. Proof of English language proficiency. Unless a student is from an English speaking country (list of countries available on the Office of Admissions website), proficiency must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
    • IELTS score of 6.5 or higher (taken within 2 years of desired term of entry)
    • PTE-A score of 53 or higher
    • TOEFL score of: 79 (internet-based test)213 (computer-based test) 550 (written test)

    The requirement for proof of English language proficiency can be waived if: 
    • A student earns 153 or higher on GRE Verbal
    • A student has earned a college degree at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning 

    Please review the Office of Admissions website for full details of specific requirements for international students.

    Immigration & Financial Documentation