Biomedical Sciences, M.S.
The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBMS) Program at Mercer University School of Medicine is a two-year graduate program designed to provide high-quality training to prepare graduates for a successful career in biomedical research, whether in academia, a biotech company, hospital, or laboratory. The program can also enhance the academic background of graduates who are interested in further postgraduate studies at the doctoral level in medicine (MD and DO), dental medicine (DMD), or in basic and applied/translational research (PhD).
Throughout the program students work closely with research faculty to develop their scientific knowledge, research practices, and communication skills. The program culminates in a semester of independent research for which students must prepare a thesis and seminar presentation. This prepares students to think critically and to become effective scientific communicators, which is needed for future success in the biomedical sciences field. Following successful completion of the research thesis, students earn the degree of Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in one of the disciplines represented by our biomedical sciences faculty.
- Small class sizes. MSBMS students benefit from a small faculty-to-student ratio, allowing them access to their professors for academic support, professional guidance, and research opportunities. The small class sizes also create an atmosphere of cooperation and encouragement that is essential to working in a laboratory setting.
- Research Fellowship. Students in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program are eligible for a graduate research fellowship that comes with a stipend of $18,000 per year, payable at $1,500 per month. The fellowship is available in January of the first academic year and continues through May of the second and final academic year of the program.
- Access to high-level research. Mercer is classified as an R2 doctoral university, giving students numerous opportunities to participate in high-quality basic science, clinical, and population health research. This classification allows Mercer School of Medicine to attract top-notch faculty who are leaders in their fields.