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Biomedical Sciences

Master of Science

Find your professional path. 

Thinking about medical, dental or PA school? Regis University’s Biomedical Sciences program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and basic undergraduate science course work and seek to enter a graduate program in the health sciences fields, from medicine to physical therapy to biomedical research.

Our M.S. Biomedical Sciences is an excellent way to gain academic confidence and professional experience, which can help to solidify career direction. Career advising is available to and encouraged for all our students.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
On-campus courses
Full time, 16-week semesters

Credits for Completion
32 credit hours

Cost of Tuition
$890 per credit hour

Sample Biomedical Sciences Classes

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BL 614: Biomedical Genetics

Study molecular and human genetics, as well as biomedical ethical controversies with roots in genetics and molecular biology.

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BL 620: Biomedical Microbiology

Explore microbiological principles, pathogenic microorganisms, infectious diseases, microbial metabolism and classes and actions of antimicrobial drugs.

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BL 624: Biomedical Immunology

Learn immunological principles, immunopathology, immunization and classes and actions of immunologically active drugs.

Program Details

Get all the details on our M.S. Biomedical Sciences program, including course requirements and application materials. 

Academic Externship

Students participate in a 100-hour guided academic externship and gain valuable real-world experience in a biomedical field. Regis University partners with institutions such as Anschutz Medical Center, National Jewish Health, St. Luke’s Hospital and Denver Health, as well as private medical and dental clinics in the Denver metro area.

Students select an externship placement that complements their individual Master’s Project and enhances their educational and professional profile. They are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours, which can take place over 12-20 weeks, and while most of the externship hours will be completed during the spring semester, many students are eager to begin in the late fall. 

Biomedical Science Career Paths

Biomedical Researcher

Biomedical Researchers look for methods to treat and prevent diseases in animals and humans. They spend their time in hands on testing and research to improve health. 


Epidemiologist

Epidemiologists are experts on infectious diseases. Epidemiologists are the experts on ways to control the spread of infectious diseases and how to prevent it from happening again in the future.


Professional School Continuation

The M.S. in Biomedical Science is ideal for students looking to continue their professional studies in medical, dental or PA school, bolster their professional school applications and prepare for a career in the health professions.


How to Apply

To apply to the M.S. Biomedical Sciences program, you will need: 

  • Completed online application via PostBacCAS
  • Official degree-bearing transcript(s)
  • Valid official exam score (GRE, MCAT, DAT, PCAT, etc)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or professionals in your intended field
  • Resume outlining relevant work and volunteer experience
  • 1-2 page personal statement

The first step in the application process is to contact an admissions counselor, who can evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance and help you through the entire application process. 

Tuition and Fees

Program tuition: $890 per credit hour
Total program credits: 32

Curious about financial aid options? Regis offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. Visit Financial Aid to learn more.

Important Dates

Admissions decisions are awarded on a rolling basis. The admissions timeline is below:

Application opens: January 15

Priority deadline: May 1

General deadline: May 31

Final deadline: July 15

Program start: Late August

Frequently Asked Questions

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 considered 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 bachelor’s-level degree from an institution in the United States, an excellent grasp of English and that they clearly provide a realistic plan of continuation beyond our program. Please see our International Applicants page for more information.

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 extend probationary or deferred conditional acceptance. GPAs under 2.7 are not considered competitive.

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 Sciences 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.

Does the program application have minimum exam scores? What is a competitive exam score?

Our admission 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 which the Admissions committee will consider, but a higher than average score does not guarantee admission. When giving your exam score on the application, please report your score for all sections, if applicable.

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 take their first exam after May 1. As stated above, we recommend the GRE for these students.

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.

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.

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 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 Office of Admissions with updates to their application and statements of continued interest. E-mail is preferred for these communications. Historically, we do accept students from our waitlist, and the number of students accepted each year varies greatly. Because each year is so different, we cannot provide any definitive data as to the number of alternates who may 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, and 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 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.

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.

Since you are located in Colorado and are a Jesuit institution, do you give preference to Colorado or Catholic students?

Regis is a private, Jesuit Catholic 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.

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 to help students 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 percentage of your students get into professional school?
We are incredibly proud of the success of our graduates, many of whom continue on to professional school following graduation from the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program.

Medical & DO: 87.2%
Dental: 93.3%
Physicians Assistant: 90%
Other: 90%
Total Applicants: 89%

*Self-reported data supplied by graduates from 2011-2017.

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. course work. Excused absences are given for professional school interviews. All students are given numerous advising opportunities throughout the year to provide the best chance at success.

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 an 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 date.

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 recommenders, 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.

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 study.

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.

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.

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Partnership with Rocky Vista University's College of Osteopathic Medicine

As a reflection of the quality of our graduates, each year, Rocky Vista University holds up to 10 interview seats open for graduates of the Regis Biomedical Sciences program (MSBS) applying to their prestigious College of Osteopathic Medicine. This partnership is a unique opportunity offered to Regis University MSBS students and gives our students the advantage of increasing their chance of acceptance into this distinguished osteopathic medical school.

This partnership does not guarantee admission, and additional admission considerations apply. To be considered for admission, candidates must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 in the Regis MSBS program and inform the Regis MSBS program director of their interest.

A Culture of Excellence

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences is offered by the Biology department within Regis College.