Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences


Application Process

PCOM's Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, offered at both the Philadelphia and Georgia Campuses, provides an opportunity for students with baccalaureate degrees to begin their graduate study in the biomedical sciences as preparation for science careers or as additional preparation for professional study. The program represents a broad content base in the basic biomedical sciences with a strong emphasis on human medicine and clinical applications of the material.

A curriculum of foundation courses provides a unique interdisciplinary background in biomedical sciences that may be applied in business, management or teaching careers, or as preparation for professional school. A certificate of graduate study is awarded for successful completion of all foundation (first year) courses and laboratory objectives. The degree tracks build upon the foundation courses and can be completed in one of four concentration tracks, and culminates in original, closely-monitored research, forensic biology, or organizational leadership in biosciences.

The application process is rolling, therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply early as acceptances will be offered until the class is filled. Please note that personal interviews are not conducted. The Admissions Office staff is available for counseling either by telephone, e-mail or appointment. Students may declare a degree concentration at any time after matriculation. Please note that a 3.00 GPA in foundation year courses and a personal interview is required in order for approval of a Master's degree concentration.

The admissions process for the graduate program in Biomedical Sciences is not related in any way to the admissions process for the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program on either campus at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. This is not a bridge program for the DO admissions process. Application to the PCOM DO program is comprehensive and competitive. The Faculty Committee on Admissions recommends applicants to the DO program have at least an 8 or higher on each section of the MCAT.


Admission Requirements

  • A completed application and $75 application fee
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Eight semester hours each, including two semester hours of laboratory: biology and physics.
  • Sixteen semester hours of chemistry course work (including labs), four credits of which must be organic chemistry.
  • Submit official reports of standardized test scores: MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE
  • One letter of recommendation from the pre-professional advisor/committee or a science faculty member of the applicant's undergraduate institution (letter must be signed and on letterhead) Please note that faculty letters must be from a professor who issued a grade for a course that is noted on the applicant's institutional transcript.
  • Evidence of commitment to a career in the health profession and/or potential for admission to professional school

All application materials for both Philadelphia and PCOM–Georgia campus applicants should be forwarded to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

The Admissions Committee screens the application and selects the new students. Following the completion of the admissions process, each applicant is notified of the Admissions committee decision in writing including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

As an applicant to PCOM's Biomedical Sciences program, you are responsible for ensuring that all admissions materials are completed accurately and submitted in a timely manner.

In effort to foster the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, as well as to ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clerkships/internships required to successfully complete their degree requirements, PCOM requires all first year students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All students must have their criminal background checks processed through PreCheck. The Admissions Office will send notification of the process after confirmation of enrollment and must have this information on file prior to orientation; students will not be allowed to start classes without this information.

Prior to enrollment, all candidates are required to complete PCOM's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation.

Applicants for Philadelphia Campus

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Applicants for Georgia Campus

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