The Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS) degree program is designed to enhance the credentials of its students for entry into medical school by offering a challenging biomedical sciences and public health curriculum, strengthening critical thinking skills and providing a supportive and nurturing academic environment.
MSMS challenges students in advanced level graduate courses, works to strengthen MCAT scores, helps develop an understanding of careers in medicine, provides diverse clinical experiences, improves communication skills through mock interviews and seminars, improves study methods, and assists in improving strategies for developing successful applications to professional health programs.
The degree is a two-year non-thesis program which includes graduate courses in Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Fundamentals of Public Health and Epidemiology. Additionally, the program includes didactic coursework in Medical Terminology, Introduction to Neurobiology, Medical Pharmacology, Medical Microbiology, Biostatistics, Ethics of Clinical Research in Vulnerable Populations and Community Health Promotion. A course in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving serves as the foundation for MCAT preparation. A community service project acts as the capstone course in lieu of a thesis. (Maximum credit hours attainable = 57 hours).
Students who satisfactorily meet and pass all course requirements for the Master of Science in Medical Sciences degree with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, will be granted the degree. Students who successfully complete all courses in the first year of the program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to receive a certificate of course completion.
Receipt of the MSMS degree at Morehouse School of Medicine does not guarantee admission to either the medical or graduate programs, however, all students who meet a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a minimum MCAT score of 24 will be guaranteed an interview to any program and will follow the regular cycle and process of MSM admissions review.
Applying to the Program
There is one admissions cycle for the MSMS program each year starting with the fall semester. Applications should be submitted through the online link and will be directed to the Office of Admissions.
COMPLETE APPLICATION HERE
Application Opens: December 1
Application Deadline: May 17
Classes Begin: August 14
Application fee: $50
- A 4-year baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from an accredited undergraduate institution in the U.S. or an equivalent international institution
- Satisfactory completion of all of the following courses:
- General Biology w/laboratory (one year)
- General Chemistry w/laboratory (one year)
- Organic Chemistry w/laboratory (one year)
- General Physics w/laboratory (one year)
- College level Mathematics (one year)
- English (including composition) (one year)
[One academic year is equivalent to either two semesters or three quarters. The required prerequisite courses should not be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. An accepted applicant is responsible for completing all prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation in the certificate program. It should be understood that students who are accepted, but have not graduated prior to acceptance to the certificate program, will be denied admission if they fail to successfully complete all required courses and maintain a good record of scholastic performance and conduct during the period following acceptance.]
- Demonstrated commitment to medicine and service to the underserved
- Minimum total GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Verbal reasoning score on the MCAT of not less than 5
- Evidence of community service and interest in medicine or public health professions careers
- An official transcript from each college or university that has been attended
- Release of all previous official MCAT scores
- Three letters of recommendation, at least two from undergraduate science instructors
- Interview with the Master of Science in Medical Sciences Admissions Committee
Applications will be verified and reviewed for possible admission into the MSMS degree program when the applicant's file status becomes complete (i.e., receipt of all official transcripts, standardized test scores and letters of reference). The Master of Science in Medical Sciences Admissions Committee evaluates all credentials submitted by the applicant to determine a student's ability and potential to succeed in graduate study. In addition, the Committee is interested in demonstrated evidence of community service and exposure to healthcare-related activities. Accepted applicants must submit a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 to hold a place in the program which will be applied to the fall tuition.
TOEFL English Test
International students whose primary language is not English must attain a minimum score of 550 (pencil and paper) or 200 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL requirement may be waived for international students having earned a post-secondary degree at an accredited U.S. College or University. The Morehouse School of Medicine school code is 5420.
Permanent Residents and International (F-1) Applicants
1. Permanent Residents are required to submit a copy of the front and back of their green card. Be sure to include your Social Security number on the form, and mail the form to the Office of Admissions at the indicated address.
2. International Applicants (F-1 Visa students) are required to submit the Certificate of Finances form verifying availability of funds to cover tuition, fees, books and living expenses for the anticipated two-year enrollment period if accepted into the MSMS program. Students with foreign academic credentials, regardless of citizenship, are required to submit an evaluation of these credentials from an approved service, at your expense. Two preferred services are listed below with their telephone numbers. If your credentials have been evaluated by another service, please call the Admissions Office to determine acceptability.
Josef Silny & Associates: (305) 666-0233
World Evaluation Services, Inc.: (212) 966-6311
These evaluations must be received by the May 17 deadline.
After reviewing the completed application, qualified MSMS applicants will be invited to Morehouse School of Medicine for a personal interview with the MSMS Admissions Committee. At the first level of screening, an applicant can be rejected or invited for an interview. Interviews will take place in June for Fall admission. If invited, personal interviews are required to receive final consideration.
After the interview, all applicants will receive a decision notification by late June/early July for Fall admission.
Applicants who are accepted are requested to respond, in writing, within two weeks of the acceptance notification.
Evaluation of Applicants
The Committee selects students after careful consideration of many factors. These include undergraduate/post-undergraduate academic performance (GPA), MCAT scores, extent and depth of academic programs, and community service.
Communication with the Office of Admissions
It is important that you inform the Office of Admissions of any changes in your address, phone number, plans to retake tests, or your anticipated graduation date.
If, after submitting all your materials, you do not receive notification that your application is complete within a reasonable amount of time, you should call the Admissions Office at (404) 752-1650 to check on the status of your application. Do not wait until the deadline to check on the status of your application. We will notify you promptly of any definitive action taken by the Committee.
MSMS - Year 1
|Fall Courses ||Required Course Credit ||Spring Courses ||Required Course Credit |
|Biochemistry Lecture ||4 ||Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II ||3 |
|Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I ||3 ||Introduction to Health Professions ||2 |
|Critical Thinking & Problem Solving I ||4 ||Critical Thinking & Problem Solving II ||3 |
|Fundamentals of Public Health ||2 ||Epidemiology ||3 |
|Survey of Medical Terminology ||1 ||Community Health Promotion ||3 |
| || ||Survey of Medical Terminology* ||*year-long course |
| Total: ||14 || Total: ||14 |
MSMS - Year 2
|Fall Courses ||Required Course Credit ||Spring Courses ||Required Course Credit |
|Introduction to Neurobiology Lecture ||3 ||Introduction to Medical Pharmacology ||3 |
|Introduction to Neurobiology Lab ||2 ||Biomedical Genetics ||3 |
|Critical Thinking & Problem Solving III ||3 ||Medical Informatics (elective) ||3 |
|Biostatistics ||3 ||Service Learning Project ||4 |
|Introduction to Medical Microbiology ||2 || |
|Ethics of Clinical Research in Vulnerable Populations (elective) ||3 || || |
| Total: ||13 || Total: ||10 |
Rita Finley, Ph.D.
Director, Master of Science in Medical Sciences Degree Program
Phone: (404) 752-1614