In order to graduate with a Master of Biomedical Sciences degree, students are required to take 30 credits of UMDNJ courses. There are 12 credits of core coursework, including three fundamentals courses: Fundamentals I, II, and III, and Seminar in Biomedical Sciences. The remaining 18 credits of coursework can be from selected courses from our sister schools of SPH (max of 3) and SOM (max of 2) and neighboring school Rutgers University in Camden and of course, our home campus of GSBS at SOM.
Each 3 credit GSBS course constitutes 45 contact hours customarily meeting once a week for 3 hours over a 15 week semester. Therefore, 15 hours of student-faculty lecture contact per credit. Please note that for each SOM course, there is about 20 hours of student-faculty lecture contact per credit and an additional 25 hours per credit for a course that has a lab or small group component. All courses are taught face to face. Similarly, bench laboratory courses will have special enrollment requirements. Fundamental courses may be waived at the discretion of the program committee. Any waived fundamental course will be substituted with an elective course. With the approval of the program committee, up to 6 credits outside the GSBS may count toward the Master's degree. A "B" average (3.00 grade point average) or better is required for a student to graduate. The customary matriculation time is two years, however a four-year maximum is allowed.