Master’s Program in Biomedical Sciences

If you’ve already completed medical school prerequisites and earned a baccalaureate degree, Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Master’s Program in Biomedical Sciences program can enhance your current science knowledge with graduate-level medical science classes and MCAT preparation. It can also increase your competitiveness for health professional school admissions or other medical science careers.

Our curriculum is designed for one or two years of study based upon a student’s personalized plan. Our students take a minimum of 30 to 36 semester-hour credits in the biomedical sciences.

Courses are in disciplines including:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular cell biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Human Physiology
  • Human anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Study skills

We also offer courses to enhance professional school applications. Scientific professionalism and responsible conduct of research courses are available as electives, along with electives within the Graduate School curriculum.

The program is located at the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem. This is also home to 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.

The Admissions Process

We welcome applications from student with diverse backgrounds, including students from disadvantaged circumstances, first-generation college students and students from populations underrepresented in medicine. There is no in-state or out-of-state ratio for our program. Each application is reviewed holistically, and acceptance is not subject to residency.

To apply to the pre-medical, post-baccalaureate specialization, select the “Biomedical Science/PB-MS” program option on the online application at graduate.wfu.edu/admissions/BMSC.

The application start date is August 1, and the deadline is January 15 each year. We admit a limited number of students into the program.

Prerequisites

  • Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States prior to matriculation.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed the generally accepted minimum premedical course preparation: eight semester hours each in general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics.

See all Medical School Admissions Requirements.

Competitive Applications

  • Applications with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above, science GPA of 2.7 or above
  • MCAT score of 23 or higher (in the 40th percentile) or GRE score (combined verbal/quantitative) of at least 300-302.
  • The personal statement should describe your reasons for pursuing a career in medicine or an allied health profession, factors that contributed to this decision and how you intend to contribute to your desired profession