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Biomedical Studies How to Apply

Biomedical Studies program applications are now being accepted for fall 2018.

Applicants to the Master of Science in Biomedical Studies (MBS) program are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

Applicants to the Master of Science in Biomedical Studies program must have fulfilled all undergraduate pre-medical requirements and demonstrated mastery of the material at a minimum grade of C or better. These requirements include a year of biology, chemistry, physics and organic chemistry, including respective laboratory sections. Applicants are required to submit official MCAT scores if the exam was taken, or general GRE scores in lieu of the MCAT.

The following credentials are competitive for application to the Biomedical Studies program:

  • A minimum undergraduate math/science and cumulative GPA of 2.9
  • All pre-medical prerequisite courses at a C or higher
  • Minimum MCAT scores of 21 (pre-2015 MCAT), or 35th percentile (MCAT 2015), or minimum GRE scores of 60th percentile in all sections

Applicants with lower scores may be considered, if they can demonstrate a marked improvement over the course of their academic history. Health care–related experiences, community service, research, leadership and extracurricular activities are also taken into consideration.

Applying to the Master of Science in Biomedical Studies Program

Instructions for Applying Online

  • Click on yellow "APPLY NOW" box on the right side of this page
  • Login to "Returning User" or create a new account "First Time User"
  • Click on "Start New Application" at the bottom of the page
  • Select Application Type "Fall 2018-Summer 2019"
  • Next, choose drop down menu option "2018-2019 Graduate"
  • Click on "Create an Application" box
  • Open Application
  • All information in "Personal" must be completed first
  • Then, go to "Application Information"
  • For Academic Area of Interest choose "Medicine"
  • For Program choose Biomedical Studies, MS" (MBS Program)

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission to the Biomedical Studies program must provide the following credentials:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or an international equivalent
  • A year of biology, chemistry, physics and organic chemistry, including respective laboratory sections
  • Official MCAT and/or GRE scores (GRE school code 2194)
  • A minimum undergraduate math/science and cumulative GPA of 2.9

Required application materials include:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities where coursework was attempted or taken
  • Applications are welcomed from international students that have earned their bachelor's degree from Drexel University
  • Personal Statement Essay:
    The personal statement may be taken from a prior application to medical or other health professional schools. Use your personal statement as an opportunity to distinguish yourself from other applicants. Consider and write your personal statement carefully. Some questions you may want to consider while writing this essay are:
    • Why have you selected the field of medicine or another health profession?
    • What motivates you to learn more about medicine or another health profession?
    • What do you want medical or other health professional schools to know about you that hasn't been disclosed in other sections of the application?
    • In addition, you may wish to include information such as:
      • Unique hardships, challenges, or obstacles that may have influenced your educational pursuits.
      • Commentary on significant fluctuations in your academic record that are not explained elsewhere in your application.
  • Three letters of evaluation/recommendation. See submission details below.
  • Résumé
    For fall 2017 and future terms, upload your résumé as part of your admission application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.
  • Completed online math science GPA calculation form. Please note, you will need to start your application before you can use the form.

Mailing Application Materials

Please send your application materials to:
Drexel University
Application Processing
P.O. Box 34789
Philadelphia, PA 19101

Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation

Requirements:
Three letters of recommendation/evaluation are required: two letters from hard science (biology, chemistry, physics) professors who have taught you and one non-science letter (this letter should be written by someone in a supervisory position such as PI, supervisor from a volunteer commitment, a non-science professor, etc.)

Format:
These letters of evaluation usually speak about the students academics, but a good letter also typically includes the writer's thoughts about the student as a whole. Does the student interact well with other students? Do they ask good questions? Did they seek out help when necessary, or if they knew the material especially well, did they offer to help other students?

Options for the submission of letters:
You have three different options for submitting your letters of recommendation. You can have a committee letter or letter packet sent by your undergraduate university, you can have a letter packet sent from your Interfolio account, or you will enter the email address of each of your letter writers within the application.

  • Committee letter or letter packet sent from your undergraduate university: This letter will either be a pre-health committee letter or a collection of letters of recommendation/evaluation that your undergraduate university will collect and send as a packet. Please check off “Committee Letter” in your application for either of these. This packet can be sent electronically to enroll@drexel.edu.
  • Interfolio: Interfolio accounts are set up by the applicant, not the letter writer. Interfolio is a letter collection service that many applicants use to compile and send their Letters of recommendation/evaluation. An Interfolio account is NOT required; we offer it as an option for those applicants who have an account. If you are sending your letters from an Interfolio account, please check off “Interfolio” in your application. You will not be required to enter each of your letter writers' names in your application when you choose this option.
  • Enter your individual letter writer’s email addresses in your application: You will enter each of your letter writers' individual email addresses in your application. Once your application is submitted Drexel will send an email to each of the letter writers with instructions on how to upload their letter directly into your application.

You may submit more than the three required letters of recommendation/evaluation either electronically to enroll@drexel.edu or mail to:

Drexel University
Application Processing
P.O. Box 34789
Philadelphia, PA 19101

Admissions Contact

For more information about Biomedical Studies program admissions, please contact Carol Quercetti at 215.762.4692 or CoM_MedicalSciences@drexel.edu.

Tuition for the Current Academic Year

Tuition information for the Biomedical Studies program is available on the Drexel Central website.

Financial Aid Information

Financial aid is available from many sources, such as the federal government and private organizations, or from the University itself. Financial aid may be in the form of loans, grants, scholarships or part-time employment. For information regarding financing your education, please visit Drexel Central.

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