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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 or other graduate programs.
Located on the Center City Campus of Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this two-year program combines medical school equivalent coursework, opportunities for interdisciplinary studies, and a rich research experience. Throughout this two-year program, students are carefully mentored and advised as they prepare for and apply to medical school or other graduate programs.
MMS Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies in the Biomedical Sciences - Graduate Minors
A graduate minor is a set of interrelated graduate courses outside of a student’s major graduate program that provides additional professional expertise. The completion of a minor is represented on the transcript along with a major program as a demonstration of additional professional expertise acquired.
Students in the Master of Science in Medical Science program may take coursework leading to a minor in disciplines related to medicine and health care. Some examples of graduate minors include, but are not to limited to, Clinical Research Organization & Management and Drug Discovery & Development.
Learn more at Drexel University Course Catalog Graduate Minors.
- 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 while working with their advisor to develop a competitive application to medical school or graduate program. Required courses include Biochemistry, Physiology, Cell Biology & Histology, Neuroanatomy, as well as courses in professionalism and leadership.
The graduate biomedical coursework taken by Master of Science in Medical Science students is presented by medical school faculty and is comparable to coursework taken during the first year of medical school. In addition, a rich selection of elective courses allows students to earn a graduate minor in disciplines related to medicine, health care, and biomedical science.
Students who take the full Master of Science in Medical Science curriculum and meet specific criteria are guaranteed an interview at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Learn more about the curriculum.
Year 2: FOCUS on Success
During Year 2, Master of Science in Medical Science students engage in a mentored research project while continuing their graduate coursework. Students can earn a graduate minor in various disciplines related to healthcare and the biomedical sciences.
The Master of Science in Medical Science research experience is transformative; it sets the program apart from other post-baccalaureate programs and sets MMS graduates apart from other applicants to medical school. Most students complete a one-year mentored research project in basic or clinical research. Students pursuing graduate minors may pursue independent research on their chosen field of study.
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 2019!
Meet Our Students & Alumni
"There has been a significant amount of support and guidance from the Student Affairs deans at the medical school and the director of the Medical Science program. They truly want you to succeed and will help you achieve your goals if you’re willing to put in the necessary effort."
Read more about Bryan.
"Even though IMS and MMS are both difficult, there are many resources available to help you. Besides your teachers, TAs and peers, you also have a wonderful team of advisors who can help make your dream of becoming a physician a reality."
Read more about Jessica.
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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.