Post-Baccalaureate Studies in Biomedical Sciences at Regis
The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences nine month degree program is designed to provide record enhancing post-baccalaureate studies for students who wish to pursue a career in healthcare fields such as medicine (DO, MD, PA) and dentistry. The program provides a team-focused, academically intensive and supportive environment in which to prove readiness for future study. It includes a hands-on externship component in the Denver healthcare community, culminating in an integrative capstone project.
The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program in Regis College is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and basic undergraduate science coursework and seek to enter a graduate program in the health sciences or health research (e.g., medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, biomedical research).
- Less than one year to a full MS degree
- Hands-on experience through a carefully chosen Denver community externship
- Excellent career and application advising, 1/5 student to advisor ratio
- Targeted, integrated curriculum
- Small class size ensures individualized attention from faculty
- Jesuit foundational philosophy based on cura personalis, care for the whole person
- Cooperative, intensive, professional atmosphere
- Amazing location - a beautiful campus located between vibrant urban Denver and the mountains
This nine-month intensive program includes both day (afternoon) and evening courses. Courses are scheduled to allow students larger blocks of time for studying, completing an externship, or volunteering. Given the time demands of this program and its required externship (10-15 hours per week), it is highly recommended that students not be employed for more than 10 hours per week. Dedicated graduate courses are classroom or laboratory based. Courses are closely coordinated and include cross-course team-based learning. The externship course during spring semester is a guided academic externship in a health, biotechnology-research, or biomedical research setting that, along with the final Biomedical Seminar, requires completion of a written final research project and short presentation. The final program seminar includes a program cumulative examination.
The sequential seminar series serves as the means by which students can better determine where they wish to go in the future and how best they can get there. An initial seminar experience in August before the beginning of the natural science curriculum serves to both orient students to and focus students on the coming demands of the program and help students begin to develop a focused career plan. The remaining three seminars continue this work as well as helping students pull their program work together into their final project. The seminar series of courses also includes student attendance at a speaker series including members of the biomedical health care community and biomedical researchers.
The guided academic externship ensures that students put their education into the larger context of a biomedical field, gain valuable real-world experience, and improve their likelihood of admittance into a graduate health or research program. The value of such experiences for admission to graduate programs has increased dramatically in the last few years. Learn more by viewing our externship FAQs and examples.
Progressive Learning Experience
Progressive educational methods such as Problem and Team-Based Learning techniques encourage students to make the most of their intensive time at Regis and truly feel that they are part of a goal-oriented team, rather than just a number. Our small class size also ensures that students feel connected with their colleagues and professors and build relationships that extend beyond the coursework.
Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the M.S. in Biomedical Sciences.
Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.
|Total Degree Requirements (32 credit hours)
||Biomedical Sciences Seminar I (1 ch)
||Biomedical Sciences Seminar II (2 ch)
||Biomedical Sciences Seminar III (1 ch)
||Biomedical Sciences Seminar IV (1 ch)
||Biomedical Human Anatomy Laboratory
and Seminar I (2 ch)
||Biomedical Human Anatomy Laboratory
and Seminar II (2 ch)
||Biomedical Genetics (3 ch)
||Biomedical Biochemistry (3 ch)
||Biomedical Human Physiology (4 ch)
||Biomedical Physiology Laboratory (1 ch)
||Biomedical Microbiology (3 ch)
||Biomedical Microbiology and Immunology Laboratory (1 ch)
||Biomedical Immunology (3 ch)
||Biomedical Academic Externship (2 ch)
||Biomedical Genomics (3 ch)
Program Expenses & Employment
This post-baccalaureate experience is an investment in your future. It is important to plan for this investment financially as well as academically. Students are encouraged to contact our Office of Financial Aid for more information about financial aid and financing options. You will need to fill out a FAFSA form to apply for financial aid. Adina Chavez is our graduate financial aid counselor. You may email her with financial aid related questions.
Tuition and Other Costs
Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year includes all laboratory and university fees (tuition is $820 per semester hour and the program is a total of 32 semester hours), but does not include textbooks and a few smaller administrative and transportation costs that are related to your externship. We recommend that students plan for another $1000-1500 to cover these costs. In addition you will need to think about your cost of living expenses and health insurance, which is also required during your enrollment in the program. Students must have proof of acceptable health insurance or enroll in the University sponsored health insurance plan. The cost for the 2017-2018 year for the University Insurance is $3,486 for coverage from August 22, 2017 – August 21, 2018.
Students are encouraged to budget in advance for their cost of living for the academic year. Graduate student housing is not available on the campus itself, but there are many options in the surrounding area. Denver is a large metro area and therefore costs can vary quite a bit from relatively reasonable shared accommodations to luxurious individual housing. Parking on campus is free and students can expect to easily find parking within a ten minute walk to their classes and other activities. Meal plans can be purchased through the university’s food services and there are basic kitchen facilities (fridge, microwave, sink) available for the storage and heating of brown bag meals.
The MS in Biomedical Sciences is an intensive full-time academic commitment. It is possible to work part-time while completing the program; however, we recommend working no more than about 15 hours per week and work hours must be scheduled around coursework activities. The best employment is extremely flexible, related to your goals and allows you to meet the demands of the academic program.
Application Frequently Asked Questions
When is the application deadline? How long is your turnaround time?
Admissions is a rolling process and applying early has a distinct advantage. May 1 is the deadline for full consideration. However, additional new applications will continue to be considered until the start of the program in August. Students applying after May 1 will have a higher chance of being placed on the waitlist or declined. With a complete application, students can expect to receive an admissions decision within three and six weeks of completion.
May I submit updated or corrected materials for my file?
Yes. The online application system does not allow an applicant to revise or add to submitted applications. We will accept relevant corrections or updates to your file, such as updated transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation, essays and resumes. Please note on your application if you plan to take an exam at a later date.
Do I have to take a graduate level exam? Such as the GRE, MCAT or DAT?
An exam score is required for admission and we do not grant exceptions to this policy. We can accept the GRE, MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT and VAT depending on your professional goals. To submit an MCAT score, print the score page with the Verification Code and AAMC ID#. Email that information to the Regis Biomedical Science Program, with the unofficial score report attached. If you have not yet taken a standardized exam we recommend completing the general GRE, biology specific not required. You may wait to take the specific professional-school-required exam until you are prepared.
My GPA is below 3.0; will my application be considered?
Yes, we will consider applications that are below a 3.0, particularly if there has been significant recent improvement. If your GPA is less than a 3.0, please offer a brief explanation and strategy for improvement in your personal statement. We may also extend probationary or deferred conditional admittance. GPA's under 2.7 are not considered competitive. Please see our more detailed advice for students with lower GPA's.
Do I need to submit a resume?
Yes, a resume is a required admissions document. Your resume helps our admissions committee have a better understanding of your background. You will be asked to submit this via the application portal as a required supplemental document. Please fill out the work/experience section of the application completely in addition to submitting a current resume.
Are there interviews for admission?
We do selectively conduct candidate interviews either on the phone or in person with faculty members. Students will be contacted by the program coordinator for scheduling, if needed.
Could test scores (e.g., GRE, MCAT, or DAT) be sent in after the rest of the application?
At least one national exam score must be submitted before your application will be considered complete. We anticipate that some students may only be taking their first exam after May 1. As stated above, we recommend the GRE for these students.
Is there an exam (MCAT, DAT, GRE) preparation component to your program?
Yes, exam planning is part of our advising services. Each student in our program has different professional goals, we work with them individually to develop an exam timeline and study plan. Extra costs may apply if intensive study is necessary.
Do you accept committee letters from Pre-med Advisor or Interfolio?
Yes. If you have previously applied to professional school, please use as much of this application as possible when applying to our program. We do require two separate letters either submitted separately or by the pre-med or health advisor. We do not accept a single composite committee letter, unless it contains direct letters from each individual. Please indicate the names of the individual letter writers if sent via a pre-med or health advisor.
I have been out of school for a few years. Do I still need a letter from a professor? Would a letter from my current employer substitute for the letter from a professor?
At least one letter from an undergraduate natural science or mathematics professor is required for admission into medical, dental, or similar professional programs. Therefore this letter is also required for our program. A letter from a current employer or volunteer supervisor is acceptable as another letter of recommendation. If your goal is future employment in the biomedical industry, rather than continued education, please contact the program coordinator for consideration of a waiver for this requirement.
What is your mailing address?
3333 Regis Boulevard A-12
Denver, CO 80221
Since you are located in Colorado and are a Jesuit institution, do you give preference to Colorado or Catholic students?
Regis is a private, Catholic Jesuit institution, but we do not give preference to Colorado residents over other applicants. Regis University does not use religion as a criterion for admission and all backgrounds are considered equally. Jesuit values are at our foundation and they integrate with the goals of healthcare education and patient care. Catholic beliefs or practices are not an expectation of our students.
Do you rank your waiting list and may I contact you with updates after I'm on the waiting list?
We do not rank our waitlist, rather we look for candidates to maintain our class profile. We believe that in the Regis community, human differences thrive in a learning environment characterized by the Jesuit traditions of mutual respect and the pursuit of justice. Students are welcome to contact the admissions department with updates to their application and statements of continued interest. E-mail is preferred for these communications. Historically, we accept students from our waitlist and the number of students accepted each year varies greatly. Since each year is so different, we cannot provide any definitive knowledge of how many alternates will be accepted.
What if I need to withdraw my application or decline my acceptance?
Please contact the program coordinator as soon as possible. If you must decline your acceptance, we regret to see you go. Withdrawing your acceptance quickly allows a qualified applicant from the waitlist an opportunity to begin the program. Application fees and paid deposits are non-refundable.
If I am a re-applicant, do I need to re-submit the entire application packet?
Yes. Please re-submit the entire online application, including the fee. Alert the admissions staff of your reapplication. The essay should be written as a "continuing story" and provide an update as to improvements since the last application cycle. Letters of reference, transcripts that have not changed and exam scores may be drawn from our files and therefore do not need to be resubmitted if they are less than 3 years old.
What is the best timing for my medical, dental or other school application?
Students are strongly encouraged to apply in June before the M.S. in Biomedical Science program starts or after the program's conclusion. This timing allows for the benefits of applying early and also gives the opportunity to complete the secondary applications outside of the rigorous M.S. coursework. Excused absences are given for interviews. All students are given numerous advising opportunities throughout the year.
Does the program application have minimum exam scores? What is a competitive exam score?
Our admissions process follows holistic practices and we do not have strict minimum exam scores. Generally, MCAT scores above 500, GRE scores from the quantitative and verbal sections above 300, and DAT scores above 16 are considered competitive.
Exam scores are one of many variables in which the admissions committee will consider, a higher than average score also does not guarantee admission. When giving your exam score on the application, please report your score for all sections if applicable.
Program Related Frequently Asked Questions
I have a conditional acceptance from a professional program that requires I complete a post-baccalaureate program. Do I need to include any additional information in my application?
If you are holding a conditional acceptance for another graduate program, please email admissions a copy of your conditional acceptance letter or include it as a supplemental item within the application portal. We require that you fill out our complete application. You may reuse your essay and letters of recommendation. The letters must still be received from your recommender's, a letter service or a university office.
Are the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences courses separate from undergraduate and other graduate program classes?
Yes, the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences students take classes only with other students in the program. None of the courses are cross listed or enroll students outside the program. The curriculum is coordinated among courses and tailored specifically to this program's students' needs.
Are your classes targeted towards the applicants to one type of graduate program?
No. The greatest number of students generally have interests in medicine or dentistry. Students who are undecided about further educational programs, or who desire to earn our MS as more direct preparation for a career in clinical research or the biotechnology industry are welcome to apply. Please clearly indicate your goals for the program in your personal statement essay.
What percentage of your students get into medical school?
Our program is new and very small so, due to potential confidentiality issues and lack of data, we do not currently give out our medical school application statistics. We are confident that we provide students with excellent opportunities and resources, but ultimately, as with many things in life, success in this program relies heavily on individual student effort and commitment.
What is the cost of the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program?
Visit our Cost of Attendance page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the M.S. in Biomedical Science program. There are no separate fees beyond tuition, however, this amount does not include books or administrative costs like the background check and certifications. As a private institution, Regis does not have a variable tuition rate based on state residency.
Could I work while I am a student in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program?
We recommend students work no more than 10 hours per week, and absolutely no more than 15 hours per week. The one-year Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences is full time and designed to be academically intense in a manner similar to medical and dental schools. In addition, students need to make their externship and volunteer responsibilities a priority. Thus, we strongly recommend that students keep their outside commitments to a minimum.
Do you accept nontraditional students?
Yes, nontraditional students are encouraged to apply and considered equally in our applicant pool with all other students. Life experience is valuable and is taken into account in the application profile, but it is not a substitution for good past academic performance.
Do you accept applications from international students?
Yes, however it is important that international students have a Bachelors level degree from an institution in the United States, an excellent grasp of English and clearly provide a realistic plan of continuation beyond our program. Please see our International Applicants tab on our admissions page for more information.
Are there any TA, assistantship or other paid positions available within the scope of the program?
No. While many longer research based M.S. and Ph.D. programs will offer these types of positions, it is not typical for a one year post-baccalaureate program.
When would I be able to participate in my externship? And how will courses be scheduled?
The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences course offerings are designed to leave all mornings and one full day open to facilitate externship and volunteer activities, schedule interviews, prepare applications, and studying.
Do you have a January program start date?
No. The program starts in August of each year, generally the 3rd week of August.
If I get my MS through your program, will I get into Medical or Dental school or get that dream job?
It is important to have realistic expectations. This program was built to provide a strong direction, structure and portfolio enhancement for students to pursue their goals. We cannot guarantee admission or employment after graduation. However, our program has a strong reputation and above average acceptance rates compared to similar programs.
What if I achieve my goal and am accepted into my next step program during the fall semester? Do I still need to complete the entire program?
Most professional programs will grant acceptance with the understanding that a student is in a M.S. program and will want to see the degree completed before matriculation into their program. Programs often request semester and final grades. Demonstrating follow-through on commitments, especially in graduate level academics, is essential. Special circumstances may alter this expectation, such as for students who receive an acceptance for a program with a January start.
What if I am undecided as to my career goal?
We welcome undecided students to apply. Our program is an excellent way to gain academic and professional experience which can help to solidify career direction. Career advising is available and encouraged.
Can I take one or two classes and not enroll in the entire program? Can I take your classes as a Regis undergraduate student?
No. The M.S. courses can only be taken while completing the entire M.S. degree program. If you are interested in pursuing a part-time opportunity, we welcome you to apply to our Graduate Certificate in Genetics and Genomics program. We also do not accept transfer credits.
Information sessions are an excellent way to meet program faculty, students and staff and to learn more about the MS in biomedical sciences program. To attend an upcoming information session please review the dates available and RSVP on our Information Session page. Information Session RSVP
Campus visits may be scheduled by contacting the Regis University Office of Admission. Please email Biomedms@regis.edu.
Biological Sciences Seminar Series
Our seminar series speakers range widely and highlight a variety of research topics. If you are interested in attending the Biological Sciences Monday Evening Seminar Series as a prospective student, please request a schedule by email at Biomedms@regis.edu.
How to Apply
Take the next step in receiving a values-based education at Regis by visiting our admissions page to learn more about application deadlines, checklists and what to do after you've been accepted.
Visit the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Admissions Page
Application Timeline – We practice rolling admissions, so apply early for the best advantage! Please see our FAQ for more information.
- January 15 - Application Cycle Opens
- May 1 - Best Chances Deadline - beat the crowd
- May 31 - First Class List Deadline - avoid the waiting list
- July 15 - Last Chance Deadline - application cycle closes
The program begins once a year in the third week of August.