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

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

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.

Read more about our pre-med pre-health programs.

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.

 

1‐year MS Programs
Medical School Equivalent Coursework

Drexel Pathway to Medical School graduate students at orientation.

DREXEL PATHWAY TO MEDICAL SCHOOL

  • Early assurance program for students from populations underrepresented in health professions and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged background
  • Conditional acceptance to Drexel University College of Medicine MD program upon meeting program benchmarks
  • Rigorous 11-month curriculum including medical school equivalent coursework taught by medical school faculty

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Drexel grad student looking at a slide in the laboratory.

INTENSIVE MEDICAL SCIENCES

  • For competitive applicants looking to strengthen their academic credentials for application to medical or other health professional schools
  • Rigorous 10-month curriculum with medical school equivalent coursework taught by medical school faculty
  • Complementary studies to promote professional development and support system for medical school application
  • Affiliations with Drexel MD and other programs

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2‐year MS Programs
Medical School Equivalent Coursework

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

MEDICAL SCIENCE

  • For competitive applicants looking to enhance their credentials for application to medical or other health professional schools with an interest in basic or clinical research
  • Medical school equivalent coursework taught by medical school faculty
  • Intensive mentored research experience and supporting coursework
  • Affiliations with Drexel MD and other programs

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Graduate students at Drexel University College of Medicine

BIOMEDICAL STUDIES

  • For applicants looking to enhance their undergraduate record and strengthen their academic skills
  • Blend of undergraduate and graduate coursework in year 1, medical school equivalent coursework in year 2
  • MCAT preparation by dedicated courses
  • Affiliations with Drexel MD and other programs

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2‐year MS Program
Flexible Curriculum

2-year UG Certificate Program
Career Changer Program

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

INTERDISCIPLINARY HEALTH SCIENCES

  • Full-time program for applicants interested in medical school or other allied health professions
  • Custom graduate curriculum designed to support students in selecting appropriate health care career and become more competitive applicants
  • Standardized exam prep (MCAT, DAT, etc.)
  • Intensive research experience

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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

  • For career-changing applicants who have taken few or no science courses and wish to pursue a career in the health professions
  • Evening pre-medical program allowing students to keep full-time careers or other daytime responsibilities
  • On campus or hybrid

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Meet Our Students & Alumni
 

Katy Locke, Drexel Medical Science Program Student

Meet Katy Locke, MS in Medical Science Student
"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, MS in Medical Science Graduate
"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.

Dip Patel, IHS Rising Star, Drexel Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Student

Meet Dip Patel, IHS Rising Star
"This program really emphasizes collaboration and team-based pedagogies, which is heavily emphasized in the medical field. I am very close with my classmates and there’s no sense of competition between us. It’s kind of like a big family. I feel close with the faculty too. They are very personable, and they truly want to help you. They’re always trying to make sure you’re doing the best that you can do. If you come here, work hard and take advantage of all the resources Drexel has to offer, no matter what your background is, you will find success in your future endeavors." Read more about Dip.


 
Division News and Announcements
 

Drexel graduate student Chelsi Nurse presents her poster, 'The Impact of Religion on People Living With Chronic Illnesses,' to Tenzing Lhamo.

Chelsi Nurse presents her poster, "The Impact of Religion on People Living With Chronic Illnesses," to Tenzing Lhamo.

Explore & Serve Day

Graduate students in the Division of Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs had the opportunity to showcase their projects in research and community service at the second annual Explore & Serve Day. Held on April 17, 2019, in the Bossone Research Center on the University City Campus, the event offered 11 oral presentations and a poster session that included 18 laboratory and clinical research posters, and 12 posters on community service, other volunteer service or independent research. Drexel Provost M. Brian Blake, PhD, gave the keynote address.


 
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...

 
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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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