Medical Science

Major: Medical Science
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS) or Medical Doctor/Master of Science (MD/MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 59.0 (MS); 30.0 (MD/MS)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.9999
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9121

About the MS Program

The Master of Science in Medical Science (MMS) program is a rigorous, direct-entry, 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 with both medical knowledge and research competencies.

The first and second years of study focus on honing different skillsets. This sequence allows students to develop strong, well-rounded academic portfolios and become competitive candidates for seats in medical school or as they continue their graduate medical education.

About the MD/MS Program

The MD/MS in Medical Science (MD-MS) dual-degree program is designed to prepare physician scientists for careers as lifetime learners. The program is built on the foundation that clinical medicine and biomedical research enjoy a unique synergy. Physician scientists are uniquely poised to recognize, understand, apply, and expand clinical applications of basic research or identify novel or emerging areas of scientific inquiry that are needed to support clinical efforts.

The MD/MS degree in Medical Science would accept Drexel medical students who are in good academic standing following completion of the required medical school coursework as outlined in the plan of study and transfer them into the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies where they would be enrolled in the second year of the MMS program. At the end of this year, if they successfully complete MMSP 501S, MMSP 502S, MMSP 503S, and MMSP 504S, these students are eligible for the Master of Science in Medical Science.

At the conclusion of this one-year course of study, students will transfer back to the medical school to complete their requirements for the MD degree.

Additional Information

Drexel University College of Medicine
Division of Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Programs
245 North 15th Street, Mail Stop 344, Room 4104 NCB
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Degree Requirements (MS)

Students must satisfactorily complete all coursework and conduct a full year of either bench-top or clinical research with a primary investigator. Successful completion of the program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0.

IMSP 502SMedicine and Society3.0
IMSP 506SMedical Professionalism and Leadership 3.0
IMSP 513SMedical Biochemistry6.0
IMSP 522SMedical Physiology I3.0
IMSP 523SMedical Physiology II3.0
IMSP 542SMedical Microanatomy I4.0
IMSP 543SMedical Microanatomy II2.0
IMSP 562SMedical Neuroanatomy6.0
MMSP 501SResearch in Medical Science I6.0
MMSP 502SResearch in Medical Science II6.0
MMSP 503SResearch Seminar I3.0
MMSP 504SResearch Seminar II3.0
MMSP 505SIntroduction to Biomedical Research2.0
Select one statistics course from the following:3.0
Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics
Biostats In Vet Science
Introductory Biostatistics
Medical Immunology I
Medical Immunology II
Medical Nutrition
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
Advanced Human Anatomy
Graduate Pharmacology
Medical Pathology I
Medical Pathology II
Total Credits59.0

Degree Requirements (MD/MS)

MMSP 501SResearch in Medical Science I6.0
MMSP 502SResearch in Medical Science II6.0
MMSP 503SResearch Seminar I3.0
MMSP 504SResearch Seminar II3.0
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
Transfer credits from MD program10.0
Total Credits30.0

Sample Plan of Study (MS)

First Year
IMSP 513S6.0IMSP 506S3.0
IMSP 522S3.0IMSP 523S3.0
IMSP 542S4.0IMSP 543S2.0
IMSP 502S3.0IMSP 562S6.0
OptionalMMSP 505S2.0
 16 16
Second Year
MMSP 503S3.0MMSP 502S6.0
MMSP 501S6.0MMSP 504S3.0
 A statistics course*3.0
 Minimum of 6 additional graduate level science credits from list of electives*6.0
 9 18
Total Credits 59

Sample Plan of Study (MD/MS)

Second Year
MMSP 501S6.0MMSP 502S6.0
MMSP 503S3.0MMSP 504S3.0
IDPT 500S2.0 
Transfer credits from MD program10.0 
 21 9
Total Credits 30
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