The Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences degree program targets those who have completed premedical/prehealth curricula and who desire additional time, advising, and mentoring to:
- explore potential health careers
- strengthen academic and professional credentials for admission to health professions schools or entry into the biomedical workforce
These students include those who:
- aspire to health careers, pre-med and others, but have not yet applied;
- find health related careers of great personal and intellectual interest but are still early in career exploration and unsure of which direction to take;
- aspire to health careers, pre-med and others and were “near misses” on first application;
- desire to pursue a career with a strong health or biomedical component in the areas such as business, regulatory affairs, journalism, entrepreneurship, venture capital, or policy;
- seek to align graduate training in the biomedical sciences with translational areas of research by providing clinical correlations
To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must have:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
- Completed medical/health professional school prerequisites prior to MBS matriculation;
- Minimum U.G.P.A. (undergraduate GPA) of 3.2 from an undergraduate program;
- US citizenship or Permanent Resident status;
- Ability to meet the program's technical standards (see attachment at the bottom of this page).
Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Biomedical Sciences program should submit an online application.
A $50 application fee paid through the MBS online application is required along with the following supporting documents and information.
Applicants must submit an online application to be considered for admission. For more information about applying to the MBS program, please download the "Duke MBS Admissions FAQs" document attached to the bottom of this page.
An unofficial transcript from each postsecondary institution attended, including graduate and/or other professional schools regardless if any degree or certificate were received, must be uploaded directly to the application. If you are offered admission, an official transcript from each postsecondary institution must be sent to Duke University's Master of Biomedical Sciences Program directly by the institution. Personal copies of your records are not acceptable.
Letters of Evaluation
Two letters of evaluation, written by an individual who has worked with you in an academic capacity, and who is qualified to attest to your capacity for graduate level work based on significant longitudinal experience with you and your work, are required. One of the letters should address your academic performance, and may be a committee letter or from a significant academic contact. The other letter should be from a faculty member who is familiar with other aspects of your experiences such as community, philanthropic or volunteer activities, or those associated with research and clinical experiences. Letters of recommendation for medical school will not be accepted.
A current curriculum vitae (CV) should be uploaded with the application form.
MCAT, GRE, DAT, or other professional school test scores
Standardized tests (e.g. GRE, MCAT, DAT) are not required to be eligible for admission. However, any reported scores will be available to the admissions committee.
Applications for Class of 2021 (matriculation July 2020) opens November 11, 2019. The deadline for Priority Review is January 3, 2020. Priority Review decisions will go out on February 21, 2020. The deadline for Regular Review is February 10, 2020. Regular Review decisions will go out on a rolling basis from February 11, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All decisions will be sent by email.
Please note, all required documents must be received by the appropriate deadline to be considered for admissions. This includes the complete application from the applicant, transcripts, all letters of evaluation, and resume/CV.
Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences Program
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Master of Biomedical Sciences Program
Attention: Admissions Committee
201 Trent Drive, 0159 Duke South, Orange Zone
Durham, NC 27710