Master of Science in Medical Sciences Students

MS in Medical Sciences

The Master of Science in Medical Sciences 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, and Biomedical Genetics. A course in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving serves as the foundation for MCAT preparation. A service learning project acts as the capstone course in lieu of a thesis. (Maximum credit hours attainable = 49 hours).

Students who satisfactorily meet and pass all course requirements for the MSMS degree with a preferred minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, will be granted the degree.

Student Learning Outcomes

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.

APPLICANTS: Application Deadline Extension, MCAT Waiver

Complete Application

Application opens
October 1
Application deadline
May 15
Classes begin
August 5
Application fee

Admission Requirements

  • A 4-year baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from an accredited undergraduate institution in the U.S.
  • 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)

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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 MSMS degree program. It should be understood that students who are accepted, but have not graduated prior to acceptance to the MSMS degree program, will be denied admission if they fail to successfully complete all required courses, receive their undergraduate degree 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 (BCPM of 2.8) on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum MCAT exam score of 490
  • An official transcript from each college or university that has been attended
  • Release of all previous official MCAT scores
  • Evidence of community service and interest in medicine or public health professions careers
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two from undergraduate or graduate science instructors
  • Interview with the MSMS Admissions Committee

Applications will be verified and reviewed for possible interview for 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.

*Final receipt of the application and all supplemental materials must be received by May 15 at close of business.

Attention MSMS Applicants: MCAT Waiver

Morehouse School of Medicine’s Master of Science in Medical Sciences program is waiving American Association of Medical College MCAT scores for applicants who were unable to take the exam due to COVID-19 pandemic-related cancellations. To complete the MSMS application without a score, insert N/A in all fields for MCAT section scores. In the field designated for Date of MCAT, insert the date you are completing your application.

The waiver of MCAT scores for application refers only to the MSMS and no other degree program at MSM.

Students who have MCAT scores that are less than 3 years old should report them in the application as normal, along with an official score report.

Currently enrolled students must complete all prerequisite coursework by the end of the spring 2020 semester to meet the application deadline. The MSMS program will accept online courses for the spring 2020 semester IF they began the semester as in-person courses and later converted to an online format. If your institution plans to submit Pass/Fail grades for science courses currently in progress, the MSMS program will honor the P/F grades.  P/F grades received for science courses before the spring 2020 semester will not be accepted.

If you have further questions, please contact Jessica Collier in the Admissions Office or Dr. Rita Finley, MSMS program director.


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.

Decision Notifications

After the interview, all applicants will receive a decision notification by late April/early May 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.


Semester 1 Semester 2
MSMS Year 1
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I (3 credit hours) Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credit hours)
Biochemistry (3 credit hours) Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving I (4 credit hours) Critical Thinking and Problem Solving II (3 credit hours)
Introduction to Public Health (3 credit hours) Community Assessment and Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
Survey of Medical Terminology (1 credit hour) Introduction to Health Professions (2 credit hours)
Total: 14 credit hours Total: 14 credit hours
MSMS Year 2
Introduction to Neurobiology (3 credit hours) Introduction to Medical Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
Introduction to Neurobiology Lab (2 credit hours) Biomedical Genetics (3 credit hours)
Introduction to Medical Microbiology and Immunology (3 credit hours) Culminating Project II: Final Paper (3 credit hours)
Biology of Health and Disease (3 credit hours)  
Epidemiology (3 credit hours)  
Culminating Project I: Data Skills and Proposal Development (2 credit hours)  
Total: 16 credit hours Total: 9 credit hours
Total program hours: 53 credit hours


Rita Finley, Ph.D.
Director, Master of Science in Medical Sciences Degree Program
(404) 752-1614

Jaleesa Garth, Ph.D.
Program Manager, MSMS
(404) 752-1118

Nakisha Green
Administrative Assistant

Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
Phone: (404) 752-1650
Fax: (404) 752-1512

If you have any questions regarding your application or application materials, please contact Jessica Collier at