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Comprehensive Exam & Graduation Requirements

All undergraduate requirements stated above must be completed before applying for graduation. A student must also have completed 36 semester hours of graduate course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) with no more than 8 semester hours of “C” grades in order to graduate with the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree. Courses with F grades must be repeated and replaced with grades of B or better. For graduation, the last 9 credits of this degree must be completed at Barry University.

Master’s students must register for, and pass a comprehensive qualifying examination based on the required course work. Comprehensive exam fees are non-refundable/non-transferable. Students may sit for step 1 of the United States Medical License Examination, the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) or the National Board Dental Examination. Passing scores on one of these examinations (or equivalent national standardized medical board examinations) may be accepted in lieu of the comprehensive exam offered by the program.

To be eligible for the comprehensive exam a student must have achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA for 30 semester hours with no more than 8 semester hours of C grades and no “F” grades and must have satisfied all provisions for admission.


  • A student may only sit for the comprehensive exam a maximum of three times, including all attempts at other national medical board examinations.
  • A student has a maximum of 7 years from their start of the program to complete all degree requirements, including sitting for and passing the comprehensive examination.
  • Students can apply for graduation only after passing the comprehensive qualifying exam.
  • Research students must complete a research project/paper and capstone project.
  • Students in the research track or in any of the certificate programs are not required to sit for the comprehensive examination.

Certificate of Completion

Students that have successfully completed the core courses of the program with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 may receive a Certificate of Completion.

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