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Medical Science M.S.

All students must meet the Requirements for the Master's Degree


The main objective of the MMS Program is to provide a rigorous curriculum in the basic biomedical sciences that prepares students with the background knowledge and skills required to gain acceptance into and succeed in medical school. The program offers a cohesive set of core courses that cover the major biomedical disciplines that together provide the foundation of understanding how the human body works from the molecular (biochemistry), cellular (cell biology), and systems (anatomy and physiology) levels, as well as the fundamentals required to understand drug actions in the body (pharmacology) and the principles of quantitatively interpreting scientific and epidemiological data (biostatistics).

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

Applicants are required to have a BS or BA from accredited college or university, two semesters of general biology, general physics, general chemistry, and organic chemistry, and MCAT or GRE scores taken in previous two years. International Students are required to take the TOEFL.

Minimum Degree Requirements

UVM’s Master of Medical Science degree is a 30-credit, one-year, on-campus program, which includes a cohesive set of core courses that cover the major biomedical disciplines and provides the foundation of understanding how the human body works. Students complete seven core requirements and select two electives to complete their course work.

Core Courses:
BIOC 301General Biochemistry3
CLBI 301Cell Biology3
MPBP 301Human Physiology & Pharm I4
BIOC 302General Biochemistry3
MPBP 302Human Physiology & Pharm II4
PH 303Biostatistics I:App Rsch in PH3
ANNB 201Human Gross Anatomy6
Choose two electives:
Proteins I: Structure&Function
Protein: Nucleic Acid Interact
Nucleic Acids II
Cancer Biology
Clinical Microbiology I
Eukaryotic Virology
Genetics and Genomics
Molecular Control of the Cell
Translational Pathology
Public Health & Health Policy
Epidemiology I
Environmental Public Health
Pol,Org & Finance in Hlth Care
Social&Behavioral Public Hlth
SU:Food Systems & Public Hlth
Public Health & Social Justice
Introduction to Pharmacology
Molecules & Medicine
Topics Molecular&Cell Pharm
Milestones in Pharmacology
Immunity and Host Defense

Comprehensive Examination

Students will be required to pass a written comprehensive exam that will be taken at the end of their final semester in the program. The exam will consist of questions based on topics covered in the core courses listed above. Students must obtain a score of 70 or better on the comprehensive exam. A single re-take is permitted for the comprehensive exam.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Successful completion of a comprehensive examination in Medical Science.