Master's Degree in Biomedical Sciences in Illinois

A master's degree in biomedical science combines biology and medical science and can prepare graduates for a variety of career or for further medical-related studies. Several schools in Illinois have biomedical science master's degree programs that can be completed in as little as one year. Schools offering Biology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago has a Master of Science in Biology for the Health Professions that can be completed on campus or online in 9 months of full-time study or 24 months of part-time study. The program consists of 32 credit hours and includes courses in medical microbiology, immunology, immunochemistry, and human physiology.

Loyola University Chicago

The Department of Biology at Loyola University Chicago has a Master of Arts in Medical Sciences program which aims to prepare students for medical school. The program offers workshops each week, access to local hospitals and clinics, and fosters collaborative learning. Students must complete at least 24 credit hours of courses in human anatomy and physiology, advanced genetics, and immunology.

Midwestern University - Downers Grove

Midwestern University's Downers Grove campus offers two biomedical sciences programs: Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences and Master of Biomedical Sciences. The MABS program consists of 45 credit hours and can be completed in as little as 9 months. The MBS program consists of 72 quarter credit hours, can be completed in as little as 21 months, and allows students to choose an area of emphasis, such as biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology & immunology, or physiology.

Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University has an accelerated Master of Arts in Biomedical Science program that can be completed in 9 to 12 months at either their Chicago or Schaumburg campuses. The program consists of 26 credit hours and enables students to choose from various biology courses for a customized learning experience.

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program at Chicago's Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science takes around one year to complete and prepares graduates for careers in a variety of fields, including pharmacy and osteopathic medicine. Students will take 18 courses and can also add on a certificate in health administration and/or population health strategies.

Rush University

Students can earn a Master of Science in Integrated Biomedical Sciences in five semesters of full-time study at Rush University in Chicago; the number of credit hours required varies with individual electives and tracks. Students can select a research track for their program in cardiovascular & respiratory biology, translational cancer research, immunity, inflammation & infection, functions & disorders of the nervous system, or functions & disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a Master of Science in Medical Biotechnology as well as a a Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization. The medical biotechnology program consists of 34 credit hours of evening and/or weekend courses in topics such as immunology, protein biochemistry, and biotechnology. The biomedical visualization program integrates various disciplines, including biochemistry, genetics, physiology and surgery, through 49-52 credit hours of instruction.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Illinois Institute of Technology MS in Biology for the Health Professions $29,328
Loyola University Chicago MA in Medical Sciences $18,594
Midwestern University - Downers Grove MA in Biomedical Sciences
Master of Biomedical Sciences
$43,204
Roosevelt University MA in Biomedical Science $20,153
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science MS in Biomedical Sciences $35,064
Rush University MS in Integrated Biomedical Sciences $36,788
University of Illinois at Chicago MS in Biomedical Visualization
MS Medical Biotechnology
$13,612 in-state, $23,299 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Admission Requirements for a Biomedical Sciences Master's Degree Program

Biomedical sciences master's degree programs require applicants to have a bachelor's degree. While many programs accept applicants with an undergraduate degree in any subject, some programs may prefer or require applicants to hold a degree in biology or a related field. Those who do not have a suitable science background may be required to complete prerequisite courses, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, or mathematics. Most programs also require students to meet minimum GPA requirements, such as above a 2.75 or 3.0, and to receive qualifying scores on either the GRE, MCAT, DAT or an equivalent exam. Students may be required to submit letters of recommendation and/or a personal letter of intent.

Several schools in Illinois offer master's degree programs in biomedical sciences that can be completed in one or two years of full-time study. Students explore biological topics in relation to medical science and technology and are prepared for a variety of careers and/or entry to medical school.

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