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FOCUS on Success

The Master of Science in Medical Science (MMS) program is designed to help talented students develop strong, well-rounded academic portfolios and become competitive candidates for medical school.

Located on the Center City Campus of Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this intensive two-year, 58- to 62-credit program combines challenging graduate coursework, research experience and personalized advising.

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0
  • All pre-medical requirements
  • MCAT score greater than 50th percentile
  • Interest in research

Year 1: FOCUS on Academics

During the first year, students build academic skills and enhance their credentials. Required courses include Biochemistry, Physiology, Cell Biology & Histology, Neuroanatomy, as well as courses in professionalism and leadership.

Students take demanding graduate biomedical coursework presented by medical school faculty. The curriculum is comparable to coursework taken during the first year of medical school. A number of elective courses allow students to enhance their credentials and prepare for success in future educational endeavors. Students who take the full MMS curriculum and meet specific criteria are guaranteed an interview at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Learn more about the curriculum

Year 2: FOCUS on Research

Students work with leading scientists doing cutting-edge research while strategically preparing for the application process.

The MMS research experience is rigorous and transformative; it sets the program apart from other post-baccalaureate programs and sets MMS graduates apart from other applicants to medical school.  MMS students:

  • engage in meaningful hands-on research
  • ask important questions
  • develop technical expertise
  • hone critical thinking skills
  • learn how to analyze and communicate their findings
  • establish lifelong professional relationships

Student Research Projects

Most Medical Science students work in cutting edge research and make significant contributions to the research enterprise. See what our students did in 2017!


Meet Our Students & Alumni

Katy Locke, Drexel Medical Science Program Student

Meet Katy Locke

"I started out in the Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) program before changing to the Medical Science (MMS) program, and got a lot of advice from the faculty about making that happen. There're only eight students in this MMS year, so it really feels like I am able to connect one-on-one with each professor. The faculty members here really care about getting us to our ultimate goal of getting into medical school." Read more about Katy.

Austin LaRocca, Drexel Master of Science in Medical Science Program Graduate

Meet Austin LaRocca

"I got into Cooper Medical School of Rowan University for this upcoming cycle, so in August I will be starting orientation week. My long-term goal is to do a surgical residency and become a surgeon. [...] I don't know what I would have done without the MMS program. It would have been a lot harder to get the things I needed on my application in order to get that offer of admission." Read more about Austin.

Eric Haljasmaa, Drexel Medical Science Program Student

Meet Eric Haljasmaa

"The fact that I enjoyed learning the material and found the classes interesting helped reinforce my decision to want to go to medical school. I knew I was on the right path. Now in the second year, I am taking more classes. They are high-level, graduate and medical-level courses." Read more about Eric.

Meet more of our students!


Admission to the MD Program

A number of academically excellent pre-medical and pre-health program graduate students are interviewed each year for admission to the Drexel University College of Medicine MD program. The MD program enrolls a strong cohort of students from the Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS), Master of Science in Biological Science (MBS) and Master of Science in Medical Science (MMS) programs. For the past several years IMS, MBS and MMS graduates comprised about ten percent of the entering MD class.

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