Modern biomedical science has evolved from research
in individual biomedical areas to a melding of those
areas into overlapping disciplines. To understand
what has become a complex interdisciplinary science,
the Rowan University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
(RowanGSBS) offers a multidisciplinary program leading
in biomedical sciences.
The program is designed to promote integration of
the various biomedical disciplines into a single
graduate level educational experience, providing
a broad background in biomedical science coursework while maintaining
flexibility to meet the needs and interests of individual
students. The flexibility of the program allows
us to design programs to accommodate individual
student needs and in so doing help students find
meaningful careers in the biomedical sciences.
This program is designed as an evening program and offers the possibility of completing the requirements for a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS; thesis) or a Master of Biomedical Science (MBS; non-thesis) degree. The Master of Biomedical Science program is designed as a 3 semester program (1.5 years) and the student can be admitted in the fall or the spring semester. A non-thesis student typically completes the MBS program in 3 semesters while the thesis student typically completes the MSBS program in 4 semesters. Occasionally, a MBS student will complete the program in 1 year. Each student has up to four years to complete their 30 credit program.
Students electing the Master of Science in Biomedical Science (thesis) will be required to satisfactorily complete 25 credit hours of course work and a thesis (5 credits) acceptable to the Thesis Advisory Committee of the student. Students choosing the Master of Biomedical Sciences (non-thesis) track will be required to satisfactorily complete 30 hours of course work. Degree requirements include a minimum 3.00 Grade Point Average (GPA) overall.
In addition, all MBS program students are required to pass 9 credits of core courses and earn a cumulative 3.00 or higher grade point average in the designated core courses. Students choosing the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (thesis) must also pass 9 credits of required courses. Elective credits complete the remainder of the 30 credit degree program.
Core courses (9 credits). Students must pass each of these courses and earn a cumulative 3.00 or higher grade point average (GPA) in the core courses:
Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (I; 3 credits)
Fundamentals of Cell Biology (II; 3 credits)
Fundamentals of Systems Biology (III; 3 credits) OR RowanSOM Medical Physiology (6 credits)
Required courses for MSBS (thesis) students (9 credits). Students must pass:
Laboratory Rotation (A) – Masters (2 credits)
Bioethics in Science and Medicine (2 credits)
Thesis Research/M.S.B.S. (5 credits)