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Master of Science in Medical Sciences

Master of Science in Medical Sciences Overview

The MS in Medical Sciences degree provides a deeper understanding of the medical sciences and prepares you for a career that spans between patient care and bench research. The curriculum is flexible and designed to provide a strong foundation in medical sciences along with scholarly activities that will encourage team-oriented projects, enhance interdisciplinary communication, develop leadership skills, and provide the foundation for a broad understanding of scientific, medical, and regulatory issues.

A Master of Science degree in Medical Sciences will serve to enhance your coursework and other training to prepare you for success in medical school and/or a PhD program. Earn an advanced degree to increase your earning potential, job placement, and advancement in the future.

Target Length of the Program
18 to 24 months depending on the number of credits taken per term (9-12 credits)

Application Deadline

The application portal will open in early August, applications will begin to be reviewed in the middle of April, and the application portal will close on June 15.

Program Format

The Master of Science degree in Medical Sciences is available as:

  • A Master of Science degree program without a thesis (Non-Thesis option, 36 credits)
  • A Master of Science degree program with a thesis (Thesis option, 32 credits)

Master of Science: Non-Thesis Option (36 Credits)

The College of Medicine has established a Non-Thesis Option within the Master of Science in Medical Sciences degree program for those who aim to apply to and attend medical school. The curriculum is designed to expand and deepen the student’s understanding of pre-clinical medical sciences in preparation for entry into medical school.

Gross Anatomy Lab

Students will be exposed to a common core curriculum

  1. Medical Ethics and/or Responsible Conduct of Research
  2. MCAT test preparation materials at reduced rates
  3. Application coaching/preparation, interview practice, and skill development
  4. Exposure to careers in the medical sciences

Recommended Schedule of Classes

Year 1 — Fall Semester (9 credits)

  • MSCI 601 - Contemporary Topics in Advanced Cell Biology (5)
  • MSCI 689 - Introduction to Physical Exam Skills and Patient Communication (3)
  • MSCI 609 Responsible Conduct of Research (1)

Year 1 — Spring Semester (9 credits)

  • NEXT 620 - Gross Anatomy (8)
  • MSCI 681 - Seminar - Medical School Preparation (1)

Year 1 — Summer Semester (Optional)

  • Elective Coursework (Optional)
  • MSCI 685 - Research Internship (Non-Thesis, optional)
  • MSCI 691 - Directed Research (Thesis, optional)

Year 2 — Fall Semester (9 credits)

  • MPHY 613 - Medical Physiology I (5)
  • Elective Coursework (4)

Year 2 — Spring Semester (9 credits)

  • MPHY 614 - Medical Physiology II (5)
  • Elective Coursework (4)

Curriculum

The curriculum for the MS in Medical Sciences degree is designed to give the candidate a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the field beyond that of the undergraduate degree. Students who graduate with an MS in Medical Sciences degree will: demonstrate proficiency of degree program requirements; apply subject matter knowledge in a range of contexts to solve problems and make decisions; use a variety of sources and evaluate multiple points of view to analyze and integrate information; communicate effectively; use appropriate technologies; develop clear research plans and conduct appropriate research; and choose ethical courses of action in research and practice. The progression to the MS in Medical Sciences degree is well defined in the Graduate Catalog on the OGAPS website, some aspects are summarized here:

Degree Plan

The student’s Advisory Committee, in consultation with the student, will develop the proposed Degree Plan. The Degree Plan must be completed and filed with OGAPS by the end of the first year, and no later than 90 days prior to the date of the Final Examination. A minimum of 32 credits (Thesis option) or 36 credits (Non-Thesis option) will need to be submitted for approval to OGAPS. Additional coursework may be added to the approved Degree Plan by petition if it is deemed necessary by the Advisory Committee to correct deficiencies in the student’s academic preparation.

Advisory Committee

The student’s Advisory Committee for the MS in Medical Sciences degree will consist of no fewer than 3 members of the Graduate Faculty, Only Graduate Faculty members located on Texas A&M University campuses may serve as chair of a student’s Advisory Committee. Other Graduate Faculty members located off-campus may serve as a member or co-chair (but not chair) with a member as the chair. The student in agreement with the chair of the Advisory Committee has the responsibility for calling required meetings of the committee and for calling meetings at any other time considered desirable. For more information on the MS in Medical Sciences degree program, please refer to the Graduate Student Catalog.

Coursework

Below some of the courses available for MS students in the Thesis and Non-thesis Option tracks.

MSCI 601 Contemporary Topics in Advanced Cell Biology (5 credits)
Advanced cell and molecular biology course examining the molecular basis of cellular functions relevant to human health.

MSCI 689 Introduction to Physical Exam Skills and Patient Communication (3 credits)
This is a seminar course of introductory physical exam techniques and patient communication skills for MS students on the pre-med track. Students will also be trained to perform as Standardized Patients and will have opportunities throughout the semester to earn hours as Standardized Patients for TAMU’s Clinical Learning Resource Center.

MSCI 609 Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit)
Responsible conduct of research (RCR) is defined by NIH as the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research. This course is designed as a survey of basic topics that trainees will need to understand as they enter into the practice of research.

NEXT 620 Gross Anatomy (8 credits)
This course will study the relationship of structures and the functional significance of the human body during its development and adult form as revealed through dissection.

MSCI 681 Seminar - Medical School Preparation (1 credit)
Weekly meetings will consist of medical school application coaching, mock medical school interviews, MCAT assistance, Q&A with Texas A&M College of Medicine Medical School representatives, and other preparatory activities.

MSCI 630 Pathogenesis of Human Disease (4 credits)
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to recognize and describe the molecular events responsible for various human diseases.

MPHY 613 Medical Physiology I & MPHY 614 Medical Physiology II (5 credits each)
This course is a comprehensive survey of the functions of the human body: transport processes, feedback control systems, and homeostasis.

MSCI 685 Directed Studies
This course allows students and their Advisory Committee to design specific projects or experiences to enhance the student’s knowledge toward their career goal.

MSCI 691 Research (flexible credits) for students taking the Thesis option

How to Apply

Prospective MS in Medical Sciences students applies through the Texas A&M Graduate CAS.

Please, make sure to fill out the application for Texas A&M University - Medical Sciences Program Application. Avoid confusion with the program in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Letters of Recommendation

Two strong letters of recommendation indicating academic excellence, personal maturity, and exceptional motivation, as well as interest in the medical sciences, are an important part of the application.

Transcripts

Transcripts of a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited university are required.

Test Scores

The GRE scores (general or subject) are not required to apply to our program. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency, according to the guidelines of the Office of Admissions. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the most common test taken by applicants to our program. Other options and exemptions are found at the Office of Admissions.

Domestic and International Applicants

Domestic applicants are those individuals who are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and Canadian citizens. International applicants are those individuals who are not U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or Canadian citizens.

Application Deadlines

  • Application opens: Early August
  • Deadline: Rolling admission will occur between mid-April and mid-June
  • Application closes: June 15