Requirements for Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework (see below) with a grade of ‘C’ or better
  • A cumulative and science GPA of 2.6 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Official standardized test scores: MCAT, GRE, PCAT, or DAT (other standardized exams may be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Completed application via PostBacCAS**
  • Resume including all relevant volunteer and paid work experience, along with service and leadership activities
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from a healthcare professional and another from a pre-health advisor or committee who can attest to the candidate’s suitability to attend a graduate program in the biomedical sciences. If a letter from a pre-health advisor or committee is unavailable, the candidate may substitute a letter from a basic science faculty member.

International students: RVUCOM may consider international applicants. Demonstrated English language proficiency is required; preference will be given to applicants who have previously attended a regionally-accredited college or university in the US.

**Prerequisites include:

  • Biology with lab: 8 semester hours
  • General chemistry with lab: 8 semester hours
  • Organic chemistry with lab: 8 semester hours
  • Physics with lab: 8 semester hours
  • English composition or Literature: 6 semester hours
  • Social or behavioral sciences: 6 semester hours

Note: MSBS graduated accepted to RVUCOM will be exempt from the COM's biochemistry requirement.

**All prospective applicants must apply through PostBacCAS.