The M.S. in Biomedical Sciences will provide an advanced background for students who are interested in the medical field and who will ultimately apply for admission to medical, dental, veterinary, physician’s assistant or physical therapy professional programs as well as medical research. The core curriculum will provide a solid breadth of the basic medical sciences, with more focused study on specific topics such as global health, bioethics, and biotechnology. Students will have the opportunity to pursue an advanced research project with a faculty mentor.
Manhattanville’s 30-credit M.S. in Biomedical Sciences program aims to provide an advanced background for students who are interested in the medical field and who will ultimately apply for admission to medical, dental, veterinary, physician’s assistant or physical therapy professional programs, as well as medical research. The core curriculum will provide a solid breadth of the basic medical sciences with focused study on specific topics such as global health, bioethics, and biotechnology. Students will have the opportunity to pursue an advanced research project with a faculty mentor.
The program aims to provide 3 core qualifications for its enrolled candidates:
To improve the candidate’s knowledge about the basic biomedical sciences specifically in the fields of cellular biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, immunology, bioethics, biotechnology, and global health issues.
To allow candidates to recognize the relationship between structure and function at all levels: molecular, cellular, organismal.
To allow candidates to understand quantitative reasoning as it applies to skills in the biological sciences; to implement the scientific method in laboratory, classroom, and research projects; to become familiar with the use of equipment and instruments used in the biological sciences; adhere to laboratory safety guidelines; and finally learn valuable written and oral presentation skills.
Our students are welcome to explore various disciplines within the biomedical sciences through coursework, teaching assistantships, and through our laboratory research program. Teaching assistantships and laboratory research experiences are overseen by a mentor to ensure students learn valuable skills and knowledge in these environments.
The program is flexible to allow students to enroll directly into the program, or transition into the program from previously completed coursework at the college (including from our pre-health post-bac certificate program).
Manhattanville’s unique M.S. in Biomedical Sciences curriculum assures flexibility. Students participate in coursework, teaching assistantships, seminars, research, or capstone experiences at their choosing each semester. During this process, they work with gifted professors and mentors who are published within their research field and trained in the latest pedagogical techniques.
The general track for students includes a minimum of 30 credits of:
Four to six graduate-level biology course electives (minimum 16 credits)
Two graduate seminars (8 credits)
One culminating element: Graduate Teaching Assistantship & Literature Thesis; or Graduate Laboratory Research Sequence (6 credits)
Elective courses available to MS students include (but are not limited to):
Developmental Biology Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II Medical Biostatistics Medical Microbiology Infectious Diseases Molecular Biology Techniques Parasitology Nutrition in Health and Disease Advanced Immunology Osteology Forensic Biology Biochemistry I & II Advanced Physiology Molecular Neurobiology Medicinal Chemistry
Seminar courses available to MS students include (but are not limited to):
Global Health Issues Bioethics Biotechnology Advanced Immunology
Research and Teaching Assistantships available to MS students include:
M.S. in Biomedical Sciences Capstone (research thesis or literature review) Advanced Research Graduate Teaching Assistantship
The M.S. Thesis
To complete their degree, M.S. in Biomedical Sciences students must submit a thesis which is either the culmination of their laboratory research project at the college, or a literature review. Theses can vary in length, but are typically between 30-100 pages in length. Theses are prepared with the help of the student’s mentor during the M.S. in Biomedical Sciences Capstone course.
To help prepare students for their next step in case they plan to continue after their M.S. for an MD or PhD program, Manhattanville College has working agreements with Kaplan and Princeton Review to offer at a discounted rate for enrolled students the MCAT or GRE exams, respectively. These courses will help ensure our students excel in their performance on their entrance exams.
Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program
The Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health (PBPH) is geared toward students interested in applying to graduate or professional preparation in the Health Sciences, particularly in the fields of Medicine (M.D., D.O., D.V.M.), Dentistry, Physical Therapy, and Optometry. More information on this program can be found here.
Tri-Beta Honor Society
Manhattanvillle College is the home of the Upsilon Sigma Chapter of Tribeta Biological Honor Society. TriBeta is focused on increasing knowledge and understanding within the biological sciences. Students enrolled in the MS program will have the opportunity to become a member of Tri-Beta, which meets regularly. Activities of the honor society include community reach out events, fund raising events, pre-health orientation events such as guest speakers, and U.S. Army sponsored events such as suture training classes, to name but a few.
Financial Assistance and Housing
When applying to the program, students may also apply for financial assistance and housing. Graduate assistantships are also offered, allowing students to apply to become laboratory assistants within the department to help prepare laboratories for various courses. Graduate housing is also available, and students interested in housing should inquire with program administration.
Upon admission to the program, students speak with their mentor about their first-term course load and selection. Each semester, students meet with their mentor to set up advising sessions in advance of registration to discuss their plans and pacing through the program, and to stay on track to graduate. For spring semester course registration, you will receive an email to set up an appointment in October or November. For fall courses, advising takes place in March or April.