College of Medicine Graduate Programs

MSBS-MS: Medical Sciences Program


The Master of Science in Biomedical Science in Medical Sciences Degree (MSBS-MS) is a one-year postbaccalaureate premedical program at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences designed to provide graduate students who have completed all prerequisites for medical school with resources and opportunities to enhance their academic credentials as they pursue a career in medicine. The 2017-2018 academic year inaugurated a redesign of the former MSBS-MS program, with renewed emphasis on the core-teachings of pathophysiology of disease and an integrated view of the foundational medical sciences. The program has been conceived with three primary objectives:

  1. Provide clinically relevant, medical graduate-level education to students who wish to boost their academic standing, towards a long-term goal of pursuing a career in medicine.
  2. Create strong foundations for improved performance in any MD/DO curriculum, and in the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2-Clinical Knowledge exams.
  3. Provide research opportunities to broaden student perspective and strengthen their overall portfolio.
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Thank you for your interest in the MSBS-MS Program. If you are interested in learning more about our program and visiting the College of Medicine and Life Sciences on the Health Science Campus, please contact:


Program Coordinator
Please note:  The above email address is for inquires only, not to be used for admission documents.

Primary Goal

The primary goal of the MSBS-MS program is to provide graduate students who have completed all prerequisites for medical school with an opportunity to enhance their academic credentials as they pursue a career in medicine. The MSBS-MS curriculum emphasizes on pathophysiology of human disease while providing a thorough and integrated understanding of the foundational medical sciences. Approximately 50-60 students are accepted into this one year program. Historically 65 to 80 percent have been successful in matriculating into a medical class the following year.

The newly redesigned curriculum emphasizes on an organ-systems based approach where clinical and graduate faculty train students in the pathophysiology of disease. This graduate-level course incorporates materials taught to medical students during the first and second years of medical school, thus providing foundational information on the MD curriculum. Since pathophysiology of disease is a significant component of the USMLE exams, its inclusion in the new MSBS-MS curriculum has the potential to increase our student scores on Step 1 and Step 2.

The MSBS-MS program also provides a unique opportunity for the graduate students to achieve meaningful clinical and/or basic science research experience. UT’s basic and clinical science faculty mentor students through their year-round assignment on clinical or basic research. This allows students to learn the tenants of investigational sciences, widen their scope beyond clinical practice, and adds a strong component to their portfolios. Students completing the MSBS-MS program with strong academic performance will have confirmed their ability to perform in any medical school curriculum, and therefore greatly strengthen their overall admissions package.

The MSBS-MS program also provides students with insights into the medical school interview process with mock interview sessions and guidance from medical school students and faculty.  Students meeting all prerequisites for UTCOM and who are in good academic standing within the MSBS-MS program, have a guaranteed medical school interview  at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. This demonstrates our confidence in the competitiveness of the program and reasserts our commitment to high quality of medical education. Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded the Masters in Biomedical Sciences-Medical Sciences (MSBS-MS). Completion of this degree is a requirement, but not a guarantee of admission into the MD degree program at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Students who subsequently gain admission to the MD degree program will be required to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation.

If you have previously applied to the MD degree program at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences and wish to re-apply while completing the MSBS-MS program, you will need to submit a new application to the medical school.

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College of Medicine

The UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences is a student-centered, world-class educational institution for those interested in healthcare and biomedical research. Our highly qualified faculty and integration of research, education and patient care will prepare you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes for highly competitive careers. And not only is the College of Medicine located next to several hospital and specialty clinics, our world-class Simulation Center provides an interactive and formative educational experience for students, residents in graduate medical education training programs, and health-care professionals to hone their personal and emphatic skills, as well as their diagnostic and problem-solving techniques. Most of all, our easily accessible faculty members are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional educational experience.

Degree(s) Offered: MSBS
Part-Time Programs Offered: No
Evenings Offered: No  
Online Offerings: No

Department Information:
The University of Toledo
MSBS-Medical Sciences Program

Last Updated: 1/11/19