Biomedical Sciences Department

College of Health and Wellness

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About the Department Biomedical Sciences, MS

Prepare for acceptance to medical or dental school or for a dynamic career in a professional research environment! With a master’s degree in biomedical sciences, your career options include:

  • Increased probability for acceptance to medical or dental school.
  • Research in the biomedical/biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries.
  • Increased probability of acceptance into Biomedical Sciences PhD programs.
  • Working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the State or local level, or with organizations like the National Institute of Health (NIH), Nationals Science Foundation (NSF), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

If you decide not to continue your education to earn a medical or dental degree, you can work in the healthcare industry or teach at a 4-year college with a graduate degree in biomedical sciences.

Record of success: Over the past 30+ years, graduates from Barry’s biomedical sciences program have been accepted to prestigious US medical and dental schools.

Ideal Location: South Florida is becoming one of the country’s hubs for biomedical research. Research opportunities available at local biomedical industry companies can significantly enrich your learning experience. The range of possible research fields includes: immunology, cancer, pharmaceuticals, pharmacokinetics, bone marrow stem cell research, leukemia, terminal diseases, cardiovascular stents, genetics and bioinformatics.

Barry’s biomedical sciences graduate program is specifically designed to help you attain your goals!

Course Descriptions Graduation Requirements

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Barry's Program

  • Tradition. Well-established program since 1989 so we know what works!
  • Proof. Proven track record of placing our students in distinguished medical and dental schools throughout the United States for over 30 years.
  • Fact. Our program is selective, rigorous, demanding, and gives self-directed learners the best tools to achieve their goals.
  • Comparison. Our curriculum is similar to first year offerings of many medical, dental, or podiatry curriculums. We boast an exceptional selection of electives such as Epidemiology, Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Pathophysiology, and more.
  • Technology. Our lab features an Anatomage Table, which is an anatomy visualization system displaying true human gross anatomy in real-life size.
  • Reputation. Strong reputation for developing well-prepared and accomplished applicants to medical, dental, and other professional schools upon completion of the program.
  • Validity. Accredited through 2024 by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission.
  • Educators/Experience. We have outstanding and highly-trained faculty, staff and administrators! Numerous faculty members have experience teaching in medical institutions and medical schools.
  • Location. Located in picturesque Hollywood, Florida. Study breaks can be filled with a visit to the beach or numerous cultural opportunities.
  • Community. You deserve to be with the best. Benefit from a supportive and multicultural student body to begin your unique lifelong experience in learning and social justice.

Biomedical Sciences, MS Program Length

Our non-thesis master’s curriculum permits dental and medical track students to finish in one year. While most students can complete the Biomedical Sciences MS program in 12 months (three semesters), the program may be extended beyond that time frame based on academic performance or individual circumstances. Students starting in Fall or Spring terms, will typically begin with 12 credits; students starting in the Summer term, will typically begin with 9 credits.

Research track students complete the program in two years.

Each completed application is reviewed by our faculty admissions committee. The committee's goal is to admit students who will aptly manage our rigorous curriculum, commit to scientific learning and demonstrate sound professional capacity. While the review process considers each element of an application, we place a strong focus on overall academic performance, specific science pre-requisites, upper level science coursework, academic performance trend, and analysis of any patterns of withdrawals or repeated courses.


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  • Fulfilling a Dream in Med School July 16, 2020

    Nadira Lilman entered medical school at the University of Miami and was well prepared for the academic rigor because she had successfully completed her MS, Biomedical Sciences before starting professional school.

Campus Location Hollywood Health Sciences Site

Biomedical Sciences Program


Fred Lippman Multi-purpose Center 2030 Polk Street Hollywood, FL 33020.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • BMS instruction utilizes a hyflex format where you select an in-person or remote learning option. Each professor teaches the lecture / lab in-person from the classroom.  Students elect to join that lecture / lab either in-person or synchronously online at the time it is offered (ET). Both in-person and remote students are expected to engage with the professor, teaching assistants, and fellow students. Virtual office hours allow the students learning remotely access to the faculty. We do not indicate on our transcript if a student is attending in-person or remotely.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We accept new students each Fall, Spring and Summer term.  In the Fall, we enroll approximately 80 new students. For the Spring, we enroll approximately 50 new students. In the Summer, we enroll approximately 30 new students.  Since we participate in rolling admissions, we admit more students than the number we enroll. If a student declines his/her spot, we are able to offer it to another qualified applicant.  We typically have more than 250 total students enrolled in the BMS program annually.

  • Our non-thesis master’s curriculum permits dental and medical track students to finish in one year. While most students can complete the Biomedical Sciences MS program in 12 months (three semesters), the program may be extended beyond that time frame based on academic performance or individual circumstances.

    Research track students can complete the program in two years.

  • 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 305-899-4004 for direction.

Brenda Schoffstall

Brenda Schoffstall Professor and Director of Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Biology Programs

Welcome Message from the Program Director

“Thank you for your interest in Barry University’s Graduate Biomedical Sciences (BMS) program. Our faculty and staff are focused on our goal to prepare students to successfully advance as health care professionals or biomedical scientists.”
Hands-On Experience

Experiential Learning

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  • Biomedical Sciences Pre-Professional Student Organizations Biomedical Sciences Pre-Professional Student Organizations

Where Are Our Graduates Now?

Biomedical Sciences, MS Faculty & Staff

We seek out professors who are not only great teachers, but who love what they do. Their passion, enthusiasm, and inspiration are contagious, and there's no better way to keep young minds excited about learning and discovering.

Beyond each teacher's area of expertise, our faculty is committed to promoting equality, social justice, altruism, diversity, and humility. Through education, everyone can have a voice.

Admissions Overview Getting Started

Congratulations on taking the first step to pursue your passion, advance your career, and make a difference in your community. We are committed to assist each student through the admission process.

Whether you transition straight from undergraduate studies to a graduate program or have been out of school for some time, we offer a welcoming and professional environment for graduate study.

Apply Now! Admissions Requirements & Deadlines

You may seek admission to the master’s program in Biomedical Sciences in the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. There are no strict deadlines for accepting applications, although the following dates are considered priority application dates:

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July 15th for the Fall semester

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December 1st for the Spring semester

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March 31st for the Summer Semester

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    July 15th for the Fall semester

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    December 1st for the Spring semester

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    March 31st for the Summer Semester

Application Process

Please follow the process below to apply online through our MyBarry System. If you apply through our MyBarry System, please do not apply via PostBacCAS by Liaison. 

If you have already submitted an application for our BMS program through PostBacCAS, you do not need to submit an online application through our MyBarry system. Only one application platform should be utilized.

How Do I Apply?

  • Complete the online graduate application, or complete the conventional paper application when you visit.
  • Submit your $30 nonrefundable application fee with your application. (This can either be done online with a credit card, or via a check or money order payable to Barry University that you submit via mail.)
  • Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. Incomplete transcripts must be updated with final official transcripts as soon as all coursework is completed.
  • Submit one (1) letter of recommendation from any of the following individuals: professor (science or non-science), advisor, present or former employer, or a healthcare professional you have shadowed. We will accept a health committee letter as well.
  • Submit your most recent resume.
  • If you wish to provide a separate personal statement, you may do so. Since this statement is optional it should only be provided if you feel it supplies additional information that cannot be seen elsewhere within your application. Choosing not to submit a statement will not have a negative impact on your application.
  • Our BMS program is test optional. You are welcome to submit a graduate level standardized test score but it will not influence the admissions decision.
  • If you are an international student, please read the additional international student requirements detailed here.
  • To learn more about the program or university, please consult the Barry University catalog.
  • For assistance with the application, please contact Health Sciences Admissions at or (305)-899-3541.

Transfer Credits

Applicants may transfer a maximum of 6 semester hours of graduate courses with a minimum grade "B” if approved by the Program Director and the College of Health & Wellness Associate Dean. Only course work taken in the past 5 years at regionally accredited universities or medical colleges listed with the World Health Organization will be considered for transfer. Credits can only be accepted for transfer if they have not been used towards the conferral of a degree.

Financial Aid Affordable for you.

At BarryU, our tuition is competitive, affordable and still promises all the perks of a private school education. Our cost per credit is in-line with other institutions, but we offer a mission-driven educational experience and provide our students with personalized attention and academic excellence. Scholarships and financial aid can also be explored to help offset overall costs.

Barry University participates in the full array of federal and state financial aid programs. At Barry, we are committed to doing all we can to help you finance your education.

Barry University's Financial Aid staff will assist you through the financial aid application process.

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Admissions Overview International Student FAQs

If you are an international student, applying as early as possible is in your best interest in order to allow ample time for immigration processing. Please be aware that admission to Barry University does not guarantee that you will be granted a student visa by the United States Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.

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