Program Structure and Curriculum
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. Our students have access to select courses from the Graduate School’s wide-ranging and diverse course catalog – including courses in basic and translational science, data science, public health, and clinical research. In addition, three medical school courses are also open to MSBS students: immunology, medical physiology, and medical microbiology.
Students typically spend about 20-25 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.
Choose one of three Cores- Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Systems Biomedicine
During the summer between the first and second years, students will focus on research. This is a time when your thesis project comes together and, in many cases, the bulk of your results are generated. While you are only expected to be in the lab 25 hours per week, many students are able to devote additional time, and this is often the most important and productive research time for your thesis work.
A busy, but rewarding period, the third semester is dedicated to completing coursework and research projects, and writing and defending the thesis.
We offer the optional fourth semester because it gives students the opportunity to extend their coursework and can allow a bit of extra time to prepare for an entrance exam to another program.