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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies Pre-medical & Pre-health Programs

Founded in 1981, the Division of Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs helps talented students develop strong, well-rounded academic portfolios, and become competitive candidates for seats in health professional schools. We offer five different master of science degrees, including one- and two-year programs, and an evening certificate program, each designed for students with different backgrounds and varied career goals in the health professions.

Prospective students have the opportunity to learn more about our programs at recruitment events held around the country and online. Learn more

Our courses are taught by College of Medicine faculty. A number of our programs offer linkage agreements with Drexel’s and other MD programs, extensive MCAT preparation courses at no additional charge, and courses equivalent to those offered during first year of medical school. All of our programs offer tutoring, and academic and career counseling services, including mock interviews. Our faculty and staff have extensive experience with medical school admissions and provide our students with valuable guidance on applying to and interviewing at health professional schools.

Explore our programs and see how we can help you achieve your goal of a career in the health professions.

Biomedical Studies program graduate students in the classroom at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Biomedical Studies

The Biomedical Studies program is a two-year master's degree program designed for students who have completed the required health professional school prerequisites and may need to strengthen their science background and/or MCAT score before applying to medical or other health professional schools. The curriculum offers preparation for the MCAT, undergraduate science review courses and graduate-level courses to prepare students for the rigor of health professional schools.

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Medical student reviewing x-ray images at a hospital.

Drexel Pathway to Medical School

The Drexel Pathway to Medical School is a one-year master's degree program with early assurance into the College of Medicine. The program provides students who have taken premed classes the opportunity to further enhance their academic background in preparation for medical school studies. Drexel Pathway to Medical School program students who meet the GPA and MCAT score requirements matriculate into the medical school.

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Graduate students in the Evening Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Evening Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical

The Evening Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical program allows an individual with a non-science baccalaureate degree the opportunity to continue his or her current career while working during the evenings to prepare for medical, veterinary, dental, podiatric, chiropractic or other allied health professional schools.

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A Interdepartmental Medical Science graduate student examining a slide at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Interdepartmental Medical Science

The Interdepartmental Medical Science program helps students gain entry into U.S. medical schools by allowing them to test their preparation, motivation, and commitment to medicine through an interdisciplinary curriculum. This program integrates basic science courses and presents them through clinical system-based modules. These courses are taught at the level of first year medical school work by Drexel University College of Medicine faculty.

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Graduate students in a Interdisciplinary Health Sciences lecture at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program is unique because it offers coursework from multiple programs and disciplines in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. The flexible curriculum of this full-time, two-year master of science program allows students to create an academic experience consistent with their health care career goals.

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Pink gloved hands with dropper, medical science graduate student at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Medical Science

The Master of Science in Medical Science program is a rigorous, two-year degree program that couples a challenging and rich curriculum with engaged and personalized student advisement. The program is designed to provide talented students interested in applying to medical school both medical knowledge and research competencies.

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Meet Our Students & Alumni

Caroline Illuzzi, Drexel Biomedical Studies Program Alum

Meet Caroline Illuzzi, Drexel Biomedical Studies Program Alum
"The unique aspect of the MBS program is that it does not focus solely on improving one aspect of one’s medical school application, such as grades. The program is comprehensive and designed to improve all aspects of one’s application, and it also provides application support." Read Caroline's Story

Brian Leonard, Drexel Biomedical Studies Program Alum

Meet Brian Leonard, MS in Biomedical Studies Alum
"I don't think I would be in medical school if it weren't for the Biomedical Studies program. It not only helped me with my GPA, but I significantly increased my MCAT score too. Additionally, the faculty helped me with figuring out where to apply, gave me advice on my essay and prepared me for interviews." Read more about Brian.

Eric Haljasmaa, Drexel Medical Science Program Student

Medical Science Student 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.

Frederick Okoye III, Drexel Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Program Alum

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Alum Frederick Okoye III
"My experience was very positive at Drexel. The faculty was really supportive and I had a really good relationship with Dr. Gaurnier-Hausser, my professors, and most of the graduate school. I’m grateful for the confidence they instilled in me." Read Frederick's Story

In The Media

Media Watch: Drexel Students 3-D Print a Helping Hand for Young Violinist
When 11-year-old Julian Caraballo performed in his elementary school’s spring concert this year, he saw a few new fans in the audience: three Drexel University graduate students. More...

Drexel graduate students create device to help young musician
A local boy is able to play the violin better than ever and it's all thanks to a couple of graduate students. More...

Monika Jost, PhD - Director, Division of Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs

Monika Jost, PhD
Director, Division of Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs

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