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Graduate Bulletin

Biomedical Sciences, M.S.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: April 15; December 15 international

Applications are processed as they are received throughout the year.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom:  Letters of recommendation should be obtained from professors of science or supervisors of research experiences.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Applicants should have at least one year of Advanced Biological Science (such as Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, or Physiology); one year of General Chemistry; one year of Organic Chemistry; one year of Physics; and Mathematics through Calculus.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree in the Biological or Chemical Sciences is required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: the applicant's interest in Temple's Biomedical Sciences graduate program, research interests and past experiences, future career goals, and academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. Acceptance by Temple University requires submission of verbal, quantitative, and analytical GRE scores. GRE scores below the 50th percentile are outside the norm set by the Graduate School, and no individual score in the verbal, quantitative, or analytical sections should be below that level.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into the M.S. program in Biomedical Sciences. The credits must be equivalent to coursework offered at Temple, and the grades earned must be a "B" or better in order to transfer. The Academic Affairs Committee reviews the courses and make the recommendation to accept the credits based on the student's knowledge of the course material and initial performance in the program. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 12.

Test Waivers:

Upon review of the student's background by the Graduate Admissions Committee, applicants with high levels of performance in one or more areas can gain favorable consideration for an application that is otherwise outside the acceptance matrix.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 

28 Thesis Track or 36 Non-Thesis Track

Required Courses:

All students participate in a common first-year interdisciplinary experience that includes the following courses:

Molecules to Cells

Organ Systems

Scientific Design and Biostatistics

Scientific Communications


Scientific Integrity

Advanced Elective Courses:

Thesis Track (6 s.h. in the area of concentration)

Non-Thesis Track (20 s.h. with at least one course in each of the five areas of concentration)

Seminar/Specialized Journal Club (2 s.h.)

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:


For the Thesis Track, the thesis must be based on an original research project. It should demonstrate the student's familiarity with laboratory techniques related to the research project and the ability to evaluate critically the literature in the student’s chosen area.

The student submits the thesis in complete form not less than 14 days prior to the date of the final examination. The thesis must have been read and approved by the thesis advisor prior to distribution. The student should confirm a time and date for the thesis defense with the Final Examination Committee.

The final examination consists of a defense of the student's thesis to demonstrate competence within the field of the thesis and closely related areas. The student's Advisory Committee will vote to pass or fail the thesis and the defense at the conclusion of the presentation. If the student must make revisions, those changes must be approved as arranged by the Committee.

Note that the Non-Thesis Track has no culminating event.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
Temple University School of Medicine
3500 N. Broad Street, MERB 1111

Philadelphia, PA  19140


215-707-2423 or 215-707-6687

Department Contacts:

Admissions and Program Coordinators:

Dianne Soprano, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Graduate and M.D./Ph.D. Programs



Scott Shore, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies



About the Program

The M.S. program is aimed at broad interdisciplinary training in the major areas of Biomedical Sciences. The goal is to train students in the theory and practice of Biomedical Sciences for eventual service in research and teaching. Students are instructed in diverse laboratory techniques through a series of lecture and laboratory courses, and provided with a program of experimental research for thesis students under the guidance of a faculty member. Two options are available:

  • Thesis Track, with a transcripted concentration in the area of thesis research. Five areas of concentration or clusters are available:  Cancer Biology and Genetics, Infectious Disease and Immunity, Molecular and Cellular  Biosciences, Neuroscience, and Organ Systems and Translational Medicine. Students complete and defend a master's thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.
  • Non-Thesis Track, which is in General Biomedical Sciences. Students complete didactic coursework in each of the five cluster areas.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Health Sciences

With the permission of the student's Advisory Committee, elective courses not offered on the Health Sciences Campus may be taken at other campuses.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

The M.S. degree program is designed as a 2-year full-time day program of study. 

Department Information:

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
Temple University School of Medicine
3500 N. Broad Street, MERB 1111

Philadelphia, PA  19140


215-707-2423 or 215-707-6687

Interdisciplinary Study:

The graduate program in Biomedical Sciences is interdisciplinary and emphasizes translational research. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty in the disease-based research centers at the Medical School, including Center for Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research; Center for Neurovirology; Center for Substance Abuse Research; Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center; Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology; Independence Blue Cross Cardiovascular Research Center; Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center; Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center; and Temple Autoimmunity Center.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



The 2012 U.S. News and World Report ranked Temple University School of Medicine number 45 in Research and among the Best Graduate Schools.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

This is an interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences graduate program. Five areas of concentration are available for students who plan to earn the M.S. with thesis. These include Cancer Biology and Genetics, Infectious Disease and Immunity, Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Neuroscience, and Organ Systems and Translational Medicine.

Job Placement:

The graduate faculty has designed a well-balanced program that can be individually tailored to meet the interests and needs of each student and to fully prepare each student for a career in academic, industrial, and governmental biomedical sciences. The graduate program is designed to provide training in the theory and practice of Biomedical Sciences for eventual placement in research and teaching positions.


Not applicable.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students may enroll in some courses with permission from the course instructor and approval from the Office of Graduate Studies at the School of Medicine.

Financing Opportunities

Limited financial support is available for M.S. students.

Created 1.11.12