Student Diversity and Enrichment Pipeline Programs

Student Diversity & 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 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 science and anatomy courses with first year medical students (see table below, notated by an *). This will allow successful participants to demonstrate their readiness for the rigors of a medical school curriculum

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 the USF Graduate School requirement 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.

Curriculum (* course taken with first year medical students)

GMS 6004 Introduction to Medical Sciences
5 credits
GMS 6418 Musculoskeletal System* 3 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
GMS 6871 Health Science Ethics 2 credits

Total minimum hours: 31

Prospective 2020 Applicants


2020 Application Cycle Open

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 fall 2020.  However, the program begins in June with a required medical science skills course.  The fall selection is for clerical reasons. 

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.