This Master of Science program is ideal for students who seek to enhance their current science knowledge with graduate level medical science classes and MCAT preparation to increase their competitiveness for health professional school admissions or other medical science careers.
The Biomedical Science for Pre-Health Professions program is located at the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education (BGCME) in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem. The BGCME is also home to the Wake Forest School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Biomedical Sciences graduate programs. All courses are part of the Graduate School curriculum and taught by research and clinical faculty of the School of Medicine.
Selected Course Disciplines:
Four Degree Path Options:
- Thesis: 24 hours of coursework, 6 hours of research, original research project of publishable quality with written thesis and oral exam.
- Internship: minimum of 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of research internship totaling 30 credit hours, written summary of internship experience.
- Project: minimum of 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of research totaling 30 credit hours, written review of research topic or capstone project.
- Coursework-Only: 36 hours of coursework.
The program is open to all applicants. We welcome applications from students with diverse backgrounds, including students from disadvantaged circumstances, first generation college students and students from populations underrepresented in medicine.
What are the pre-requisites for this degree program?
Domestic and international applicants should have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States.
Applicants must also have successfully completed the generally accepted minimum premedical course preparation: eight semester hours each in general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. Prerequisite course work from community colleges is strongly discouraged because of the difficulty in adequately assessing the quality of that preparation.
What is considered a competitive application?
Competitive applicants have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, science GPA of 2.7 or above, an MCAT score of at least 500 or GRE score (combined verbal/quantitative) of 300 or above.
The personal statement should describe reason(s) for decision to pursue a career in medicine or an allied health profession, factors that contributed to this decision, and how you intend to contribute to this profession.
What are the terms offered and what is the application deadline?
The Spring Term begins January 2, and the application deadline is October 15.
The Summer Term begins May 1, and the application deadline is January 15.
Can I submit letters of recommendation previously submitted to AMCAS?
No, AMCAS will NOT forward letters of recommendation.
You may request your Health Professions Advising Office to send your letters of recommendations directly, or if a service such as Interfolio is used you may request that your recommendation letters be sent to the Graduate School office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise letters of recommendation may be submitted using the online application system.
Is there an in-state or out-of-state ratio for this program?
No, each application is reviewed holistically and acceptance is not subject to residency.
How many students are accepted annually?
Approximately 20-30 students will be admitted into the two admission terms.
Is there a medical school affiliation associated with this program?
The program is located on the Bowman Gray campus of Wake Forest University, which is home to the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Biomedical Sciences graduate programs. All courses are part of the Graduate School curriculum and taught by research and clinical faculty of the School of Medicine.
Will you accept scores other than the MCAT?
Yes, GRE scores may be used to apply to this program, but the MCAT is required when/if applying to medical school.
How old can any score be at time of application?
The GRE test is valid for 5 years and must be reportable by ETS (Educational Testing Services) during the spring when offers of admission are made.
The MCAT score should be from within 5 years of submitting the application for admission to the MS-PB program.