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Medical Science Curriculum

Year One

During their first year, Master of Science in Medical Science program students take a program of study comparable to the first year of medical school. The curriculum is delivered by the same medical school faculty who present this material in the medical school. Assessments of Medical Science program students are, however, done separately from the medical school assessments.

Fall Semester (21.5 credits required)

Required courses:

  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Medical Physiology I
  • Medical Microanatomy I
  • Medicine & Society


  • Medical Immunology I

Spring Semester (19.5 credits required)

Required courses:

  • Medical Physiology II
  • Medical microanatomy II
  • Medical Professionalism & Leadership
  • Medical Neuroanatomy


  • Medical Immunology II
  • Medical Nutrition

Year Two

During the second year, Medical Science program students engage in a year-long research experience and additional graduate coursework. They also have the option of pursuing interdisciplinary studies in a graduate major of their choosing.

Fall Semester

Required courses:

  • Research Seminar I
  • Research in Medical Science
  • Biostatistics


  • Medical Pathology I

Spring Semester

Required courses:

  • Research Seminar II
  • Research in Medical Science II


  • Medical Pathology II

Please note that you must take the full Medical Science program curriculum, shown in these tables, to qualify for a guaranteed interview with the MD Program.

*In order to be considered for the guaranteed interview, students must take the electives marked with an asterisk.


Examples of electives include:

  • Ethical Issues in Research
  • Intro to Clinical Trials
  • Scientific Writing and Medical Literature
  • Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Research Protection
  • Designing the Clinical Trial
  • Healthcare in Spanish I
  • Healthcare in Spanish II
  • Biology of Cancer
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Embryology
  • Advanced Human Anatomy
  • Graduate Pharmacology
  • Medical Pathology I
  • Medical Pathology II
Drexel University College of Medicine Medical Science program graduate students participating in a group discussion.