Program Overview

The Master of Biomedical Sciences is a full-time 11-month master’s degree program at the Duke University School of Medicine that prepares students to be highly competitive candidates for medical schools, related health professions, and other biomedical careers. The curriculum integrates graduate level human biological sciences with skill development in critical thinking, communication and teamwork.

The degree requires a total of 38 credits: eleven courses comprise a required core curriculum of 33 credits. The remaining five credits are earned by completing one of two options for an individualized concentration: five credits of approved elective coursework, or a mentored research/focused study project resulting in a written capstone paper.

Program goals will be modeled and reinforced through instructional modalities shown to promote academic achievement, critical thinking, scientific inquiry, team skills, capacity for improvement, and cultural competence.  These include team-based learning, co-mentored small group proseminars, service learning experiences, simulations, critical reflection, and narrative writing.  In addition, through training, certification, and service as Emergency Medical Technicians, the program embeds pre-professional students within health care teams as care providers rather than observers.

Student time commitment is estimated to be, an average, 20-25 hours per week of “programmed” activity and 30-40 hours per week of preparation, study, and co-curricular requirements for a total effort approximating 60-65 hours per week.

Program completion requires two semesters plus one summer term, starting with University Summer II term start date and ending the following May. Students whose elective concentration includes a project may, with permission, elect to extend their program of study for up to one year without incurring additional tuition charges.

Each student will be assigned to a faculty adviser who will participate in the student’s onboarding activities and intake assessment process, guide the development of the student’s required Action Plan, and in partnership with an Office of Health Professions Advising counselor, provide academic guidance throughout the program, including approval of the student’s elective options.

Students accepted into the MBS who plan to apply to medical or another health professions school concurrently with their MBS year will be offered a pre-matriculation advising option.