Research Master's Program in Biomedical Sciences


Program Description

The curriculum of the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. and Research Master’s Programs is currently under review. A revised curriculum is planned for 2016-2017, with the following goals:

  1. Less dependence on the medical school curriculum (M.D. program);
  2. Completion of most or all courses by December of Year 2;
  3. Streamlining to eliminate duplication and integrate learning across disciplines.

The Biomedical Sciences Research Master’s Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School provides students with laboratory experience and a strong foundation of biomedical science knowledge.

Key advantages of this program:

  • Broad-based interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Personalized program of study
  • Close interaction with the faculty

Research focus areas include:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Diabetes
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neuroscience
  • Reproductive Biology

100% of Research Master’s graduates find science-related employment or enroll in more advanced educational programs within 6 months of graduation. The EVMS Biomedical Sciences Research Master’s Program offers a two-year graduate degree. The program is multidisciplinary and provides general biomedical sciences training. This program is offered to students with two options: Thesis or Non-thesis.

Thesis Option:

This option requires one year of academic courses and the second year includes advanced coursework and laboratory research. The student is expected to submit and defend a thesis at the completion of his or her research.

Non-thesis Option:

This option consists of two years of academic courses and two laboratory rotations. The second year consists of advanced coursework and research in a faculty member's lab. An oral presentation of the project is given when the research is completed.

Program Curriculum

Students enrolled in this program benefit from the expertise of faculty at EVMS. A hands-on approach to learning is offered by EVMS basic research scientists in several research focus areas. Students initially complete a one-year core curriculum, providing a foundation in molecular and cell biology, biochemistry and research techniques. The curriculum for the second year is individually developed for each student to encompass the student’s specific areas of interest.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must have completed all undergraduate degree requirements and have been issued a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculating as an EVMS student. If the bachelor’s degree was issued by a U.S. college or university, as a general rule it should be from a regionally accredited institution. However, the program may grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Official transcripts from the awarding institution must specify the date upon which the degree was issued. We prefer that applicants have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better. However, we consider the applicant's entire record. In some cases, applicants with a GPA of 2.8-3.0 may be accepted. For example, applicants whose grades have increased over time or who had poor grades for a year due to illness may be accepted with a GPA as low as 2.8. We pay special attention to science and math course grades and we prefer to accept applicants with mostly A's and B's in these courses.

Have successfully completed:

  • Biology (2 semesters with labs)
  • General Chemistry (2 semesters with labs)
  • Organic Chemistry I (1 semester with lab)
  • Organic Chemistry II or Biochemistry (1 semester, lab not required)
  • General Math, Calculus or Statistics (1 semester)
  • College Math or Physics (1 semester).

Have a competitive Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and TOEFL (International students only) score(s) within the last 5 years.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer of credit may be allowed for courses comparable to those offered in our programs, which were taken in other accredited biomedical or biological sciences graduate programs in the U.S.A. Grades of B or higher or a passing grade in a pass/fail course are required. The Biomedical Sciences Research Master's Program may accept up to 9 transfer credits. Transfer credit will be determined by the Program Director in consultation with program faculty after matriculation of a student into the program.

Last updated Dec 2017

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