Biomedical Sciences: Frequently Asked Questions
How can a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences benefit me?
A majority of our students are using their MS in Biomedical Sciences to enhance their academic foundation to become more competitive applicants for professional school. Our rigorous curriculum covers many science disciplines that you will see again in your professional school studies. We often hear from graduates that their exposure to Anatomy, Biochemistry, Histology, Oral Pathology, Neuroscience, Physiology, etc. in our program, allowed them an easier transition and understanding throughout professional school. Learning how and what to study as well as studying effectively are also skills that our students develop during their BMS coursework.
We also have students who elect to enroll in our program to make themselves more competitive for PhD programs. Additionally, a handful of students may wish to pursue the master's degree to further their healthcare, research or scientific employment.
What is the difference between completing a post baccalaureate program versus a master's program?
A post baccalaureate program offers classes after you have received your bachelor's degree at the undergraduate level. A master's degree also offers classes after your bachelor's degree but at the graduate level. If a student needs to become more competitive for professional school, a master's degree is often recommended to demonstrate his/her proficiency in high level coursework. Additionally, you can earn a graduate degree through a master's program which you cannot do through a post bacc program. Students who find success at the graduate level are typically highly regarded in the professional school academic review admissions process.
How many graduate students are accepted to the Biomedical Sciences program each year at Barry?
We accept students each Fall, Spring and Summer term. In the Fall, we generally look to enroll between 110-120 students. For the Spring, we generally look to enroll between 40-50 students. In the Summer, we generally look to enroll between 15-20 students. Since we participate in rolling admissions, we admit many more students than the number we enroll. As a student declines his/her spot, we are able to offer it to another qualified applicant.
At any given point in time there are between 275 and 295 total students enrolled in the BMS program.
How long does it take to complete the Barry BMS program?
Three semesters is the fastest that anyone can complete our MS in Biomedical Sciences. When you apply to our program, our faculty admissions committee determines whether you are placed on the 12 month track (three consecutive semesters), the 18 month track (3 nonconsecutive semesters to allow for taking or retaking your professional school entrance exam), or the 2 year track (4 nonconsecutive semesters to allow for taking or retaking your professional school entrance exam). Please read our detailed explanation of this placement process here.
Can I still apply to the BMS program if my GPA is below the preferred 3.0 mark?
While we strongly prefer both cumulative and science GPAs of 3.0 or higher, we will individually review each completed application. This means that you will not be automatically denied by a computer program. We will look for upward trends, extenuating circumstances, patterns of repeated courses and/or withdrawals, pre-requisite coursework, upper-division science performance, etc. If you have any questions about whether or not you should apply based on your current GPA, please contact our Program Director at 305-981-1196 for direction.