Biomedical Research (BMR) offers a Master of Science and is designed for students with high academic credentials, but insufficient research experience to be competitive for PhD programs or MS-level academia or industry jobs.

It is not uncommon for students to be unsure about committing to a PhD career without prior lab experience, or to realize that they have a passion for research late in their undergraduate career. Additionally, some colleges and universities have limited resources for students to gain lab-based research experience. That experience is critical to pursue a research career, and doctoral research programs typically consider “strong prior research experience” as one of the primary indicators of subsequent success in PhD programs. Students may also wish to obtain a MS degree to increase their education in the biomedical sciences and improve their marketability for industry research positions.

If you’ve discovered your passion for research late in your undergraduate timeline, if you are unsure about committing to a PhD program without much prior research experience, or if your undergraduate institution lacks adequate opportunities to gain the research experience essential to be a competitive applicant to PhD programs or to secure an industry job, Wake Forest offers this MS degree program, designed to help you bridge this specific gap.

Upon completion of the BMR MS degree, you’ll be a more competitive candidate for biomedical PhD programs or employment opportunities that draw on the depth in the biomedical sciences that you’ll acquire through the program.

Consider some key features of the program:

  • Core curriculum that mirrors significant proportions of the first-year coursework in biomedical PhD programs
  • Two primary content area emphases: molecular/cellular or organs/systems/behavioral
  • Two degree options (Thesis and Research Internship), with plans of study aligned to your long-term goals
  • Opportunities to develop close relationships with Wake Forest University School of Medicine-based research faculty
  • Possibility for off-cycle admission into a Wake Forest biomedical PhD program, for those gaining acceptance and remaining in the same laboratory in which the MS was completed

The program’s primary location in Innovation Quarter, alongside the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, draws on research environments in Biotech Place, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, 525@Vine, One Technology Place, and Piedmont Triad Community Research Center. In addition, you may join research groups at the Clarkson campus.

Recent graduates of the MS program have enrolled, and successfully completed PhDs, in Wake Forest biomedical programs, including Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Cancer Biology, Integrative Physiology & Pharmacology, and Molecular Medicine & Translational Science. Others have joined PhD programs at other universities.

Recent graduates choosing to pursue employment have secured positions in a variety of roles at companies like BioLegend, BlueSphere Bio, Curative, KBI Biopharma, LabCorp, Pfizer, PRA Health Sciences, Q2 Solutions, Resilience, Syneos Health, and Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Institute for Medical Research, Precision for Medicine to name just a few.