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 graduate program at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences designed to provide students who have completed all prerequisites for medical school with resources to enhance their academic credentials as they pursue a career in medicine. The 2017-2018 academic year inaugurated a redesign of the MSBS-MS curriculum, with renewed emphasis on an organ-systems based approach where clinical and graduate faculty train students in the pathophysiology of disease and pharmacological interventions. The graduate-level courses in our curriculum incorporate materials taught to medical students during the first and second years of medical school, thus setting foundational information on the MD curriculum. Since pathophysiology of disease is a key component of USMLE exams, the MSBS-MS curriculum can potentially enhance students' performance on Step 1 and Step 2. The MSBS-MS program also provides a unique opportunity for students to achieve meaningful clinical and/or basic science research experience. UToledo’s basic and clinical science faculty mentor students through their year-round Scholarly Project, allowing students to expand their view on experimental sciences while adding a strong component to their academic credentials. 

Dr. Guillermo Vazquez, MSBS-MS Program Director and Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at UToledo College of Medicine, is the major advisor for the program and primary point of contact for all academic matters concerning program curriculum and goals, admissions requirements and career advising. If you have questions about the program, you can reach Dr. Vazquez by email at:  If you leave a voicemail, make sure to provide an email address to contact you back. All questions/requests are answered by email only. 

Primary Objectives

The MSBS-MS program primary objectives can be summarized as follows:

  1. Provide clinically relevant, medical graduate-level education to pre-med students through a curriculum that emphasizes on pathophysiology of disease and pharmacological interventions, with an organ systems based approach.
  2. Create strong foundations for improved performance in any MD/DO curriculum, and eventually, in the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2-Clinical Knowledge exams.
  3. Provide research opportunities to broaden student view on biomedical research.

Students completing the MSBS-MS program with strong academic performance will have confirmed their ability to perform in any medical school curriculum, thus greatly strengthening their 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 -i.e., a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the program's curriculum, no institutional actions or professionalism issues- will be eligible for 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, for MSBS-MS students seeking admission into the MD degree program at University of Toledo medical school. 

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Thank you for your interest in the MSBS-MS Program. If you are interested in visiting/touring the College of Medicine and Life Sciences on the Health Science Campus, please contact our MSBS-MS Program Coordinator Dr. Anita Easterly:

Please note:  The above email address is for program inquires only, not for application or admission documents.  Transcripts or recommendation letters are not accepted at this email address and will not be reviewed.


The UToledo 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.

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

Department Information:
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MSBS-Medical Sciences Program

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Last Updated: 5/17/22