Charles R Drew University Of Medicine And Science

College of Science and Health

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences


1731 East 120th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90059

United States


(323) 568-3302

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program is a one year program designed for individuals who have completed the required undergraduate coursework but feel they need a stronger academic foundation to gain admission into medical, dental, pharmacy schools, or a biomedical Ph.D. program. 

The program aims to make individuals more competitive for applications to health professional schools. By combining graduate level coursework in medicine, research training, support in application preparation, and seminars, individuals will be able to strengthen their applications to health professional schools through a comprehensive and structured program.

The Master in Biomedical Sciences is a one-year, three-semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) cohort-based program. In the first semester, students will select a research mentor and begin conducting their own research thesis project under mentor guidance. Students will be able to select a research project in translational, clinical, or community-based research areas based on their interests. Students will have the opportunity to attend scientific meetings, present their own research or even publish a paper, which will stand out in their next application cycle.

A strong emphasis in our program is the incorporation of the CDU advantage, which focuses on serving the under-resourced communities. We offer competencies training in social justice, urban and global health disparities, and medical mission trips within our curriculum.

Charles R. Drew University is a special place; its small class sizes offer individual attention and our students are very prepared to enter the marketplace or to continue in higher education following the program. The faculty at CDU has many years of education teaching along with practical experience in biomedical research. In the past few years, the CDU research enterprise has brought more than 30 million dollars in federal grant funding. The faculty utilizes cutting-edge technology and is dedicated to making students successful in the field of Biomedical Sciences. 


WSCUC accredited

Eligibility Requirements:

The criteria for admission include: 1. A Bachelor degree from an accredited institution 2. Overall GPA of 3.0 or above; 3. The following admission exams with a minimum score at or above indicating excellence: MCAT: 26, MCAT 2015 Score 498 GRE: 300 DAT: 18 PCAT: 70 OAT: 300 6. Obtained all pre-requisite courses prior to matriculation. General Chemistry 1 year or 8 units General Biology 1 year or 8 units Organic Chemistry 1 year or 8 units Calculus or statistics 1 semester or 3 units 7. A personal essay describing the student’s motivations and reasoning for applying to the Master of Biomedical Sciences program 8. Three (3) letters of recommendations For the 2019-2020-application cycle, the Master of Science in Biomedical Science has moved to a new centralized application system. All applications and supporting documentation should be completed and submitted through PostBacCAS.

International Student Requirements:

We do not require a separate application or additional fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the admissions requirements as outlined above. Application Requirements for all applicants submitting coursework outside of the USA: Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores must be submitted prior to any offer of acceptance All international applicants whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL A minimum total score of 80 The scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the office of Enrollment Management Only the internet-based test TOEFL exam will be accepted Coursework completed outside the US must be evaluated for US course equivalency from one of the following services (course-by-course evaluation required): World Education Services (WES) Josef Silny & Associates (JSA) Global Credential Evaluators (GCE) International Education Research Foundation (IERF) Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI) American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, International Education Service (AACRAO IES) If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our Office of International Affairs will be

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 924 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 924 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 924 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other separate health profession school

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 0-999

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