The Master of Science in Biomedical Science (MSBS) program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) is built around a classic model of rigorous coursework combined with the generation of new knowledge through research. The curriculum culminates in an original thesis that is defended orally. In order to receive their MSBS students must:
- Complete a full-time course of study with a minimum of 45 credits
- Complete all degree requirements in three terms with an option to continue their research for a fourth term
- Spend 25 hours per week in the laboratory completing thesis research
- Successfully defend their thesis
- Maintain an average of a B (3.0) or better in the Core Curriculum and a cumulative GPA of a B (3.0) or better
In the MSBS program, your time will be divided between coursework and research. You can select courses from our entire graduate school catalog (with a few exceptions), which includes courses in public health, clinical research techniques, and basic and translational sciences. In addition, three medical school courses are also open to MSBS students: immunology, medical physiology, and medical microbiology.
Students typically spend about 25 hours each week in the lab working on their thesis research. We provide support for MCAT or GRE preparation for your application to programs beyond the MSBS.
In your first year, you will take a year-long scientific Core Curriculum, Biostatistics, Conduct in Research (RCR), Rigor and Reproducibility, plus a few electives.