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About the Master's Degree Program

Biomedical Science

labCharles E. Schmidt College of Medicine offers graduate education programs that provide students with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to engage the forefront of basic, applied, and translational research or to continue their studies toward professional degrees in the health sciences.

Students interested in pursuing advanced studies in biomedical science may obtain a Master's Degree in Biomedical Science, taking the thesis, or non-thesis option.

The thesis option is oriented towards those students interested in pursuing biomedical research careers in industry or academia and can provide a stepping stone to the Ph.D. degree. The non-thesis option is designed for students seeking in-depth exposure to biomedical science or to solidify their knowledge base in preparation for a broad range of career options, including further study in professional schools.

The degree requires 30 credits. Current courses that may be used toward this degree are listed below. Any course not included on this list must be approved by the college's graduate committee if it is to be used to satisfy degree requirements. Please see the Biomedical Master's Guide or read below for detailed program requirements.

1. Thirty credits of coursework with the following requirements:

  • Complete the 4 core courses (Human Genetics, Biomedical Writing, Biomedical Data/Informatics, and Advanced Molecular & Cellular Biology). The remaining credits will be made up of Biomedical Science courses and/or approved electives that support the student's research plan.
  • The elective courses must be 5000, 6000, or 7000 level courses in biomedical science, biology, chemistry, or approved cognates.
  • A minimum of 3 Thesis-Related Research credits are required for graduation. Students may take up to 6 TRR credits to count towards graduation requirements. The TRR credits must be taken during the first year of study and cannot be counted towards a non-thesis M.S. degree.
  • A minimum of 6 credits of master's thesis are required for graduation. Students may take up to 12 credits of master’s thesis. Courses designated as proficiency or remedial may not be used to satisfy the course requirement.
  • 2. Thesis students are required to make a formal research proposal to their committees within their first year prior to enrollment in Thesis credits (Admission to Thesis Candidacy).
  • 3. Upon completion of the research, Thesis students must make a formal thesis presentation and defense in the semester they plan to graduate.
  • The defense must be completed at least one week before the university’s thesis submission deadline.
  • Thesis documents must be submitted to committee members two weeks before the scheduled defense.
  • Refer to the FAU Requirements and Guidelines for Graduate Thesis and Dissertations for specific instructions on how to prepare, format and publish your thesis, as well as how to submit it to the Graduate College. Students in good standing can apply to transfer from the M.S. program to the Integrative Biology Ph.D. program.
  • 4. All active MS Biomedical Science students are required to attend all Seminar Series and retreats throughout the academic year. Schedule of these events will be distributed to students upon admittance.
1. Thirty credits of course work with the following requirements:
  • Complete the 4 core courses (Human Genetics, Biomedical Writing, Biomedical Data/Informatics, and Advanced Molecular & Cellular Biology). The remaining credits will be made up of Biomedical Science courses and/or approved electives.
  • The elective courses must be 5000, 6000, or 7000 level courses in biomedical science, biology, chemistry, or approved cognates.
  • A maximum of 6 DIS credits can count towards the graduation requirements.
  • Courses designated as proficiency or remedial may not be used to satisfy the course requirement.
  • All active MS Biomedical Science students are required to attend all Seminar Series and retreats throughout the academic year. Schedule of these events will be distributed to students upon admittance
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Last Modified 11/8/16