Master of Science in Health and Medical Sciences

The Masters of Science in Health and Medical Sciences (MS.HMS) is a two specialization, three or four semester, 30 or 42 credit hour, non-thesis, program to enhance the competitiveness of students applying to Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Osteopathic, Optometry, Physical Therapy schools along with Ph.D. programs. The program will offer a 30-credit hour, 3 semester, “basic sciences” specialization and a 42-credit hour, four semester, “clinical sciences” specialization. Students will have the option to select from two specializations based on their academic and career goals. Since the goal of the program is to help student’s competitiveness to primarily medical, dental and other professional programs, a (no- program credit) Kaplan course, in which costs are included in the tuition, is taken within the student’s field of study in the second semester of the program. Upon completion of the Kaplan course, students will better prepared to take the entrance exam (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, DAT, etc.) of their respective graduate program.

Fast Facts:

  • Fully on campus program
  • Two specializations (Cell and Molecular Biology; Medical Sciences)
  • 30 to 42 credit hours
  • Completion: 3 to 4 semesters
  • Total tuition: $24,000 to $33,600


Program Highlights

Students have the option to select from two specializations based on their academic and career goals:

Specialization 1: Cell and Molecular Biology (30 credits)

Total tuition and fees cost: $24,750

This specialization is designed for those students who do not need the clinical portion of the program. A student may not need to take the 12-credit clinical portion if:

  • The MCAT score is above the average needed for medical school
  • Seeking admission to a graduate research program not related to medical school
  • Not planning to enroll in medical school or already meet the criteria for admission in a medical program

Specialization 2: Health and Medical Sciences (42 credits)

Total tuition and fees cost: $34,575

This specialization offers an additional semester (12 credits) of clinical coursework taught by medical professionals that align with the first year of most medical programs. The purpose of the clinical courses is to prepare students for the first year of medical school adjust to pace of such programs and boost their likelihood of admission to medical programs. Students are encouraged to take the Health and Medical specialization if the following applies:

  • Seeking admission to a medical program and require additional coursework for admissibility
  • Want to familiarize themselves with the content and pace of the first year of medical school experience



Tuition per Credit Hour Technology Fee per Course
Tuition $800 $75

*Tuition costs are subject to change at any time.


The following criteria are used for admission, based on cumulative undergraduate GPA. 

  • • Online application for admission 
  • • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, or other Life Sciences with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in upper-division courses (lower GPA circumstances can be considered for admission after an extended review) 
  • • Entrance exams or not required but recommended 

Official transcripts and all other documents should be sent to:
St. Thomas University
Office of Admissions 16401 NW 37th Ave.
Mimi Dooner Hall
Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6459 

Transcripts delivered via digital transcript services EScrip and Parchment should be emailed to


Internship and Job Placement Opportunities

Basic Sciences Specialization, (30 Credits, 3 semester courses) 

Term 1: (12 credits) 

  • BIO 501 Seminar: 1 credit
  • Core Elective 1: 4 credits
  • Core Elective 2: 4 credits
  • MAT 502 or MAT 507 Biostatistics: 3 credits 

Term 2: (12 credits) 

  • BIO 506 Field Experience I: 3 credits
  • Core Elective 3: 4 credits
  • Core Elective 4: 4 credits
  • BIO 505 Journal Club: 1 credit 

Term 3: (6 credits) 

  • BIO 507 Field Experience II: 3 credits
  • BIO 510 Bioethics: 3 credits 

Basic Sciences Core electives available (each 4 credits): 

  • BIO 500 Cellular and Anatomical Neuroscience
  • BIO 503 Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIO 504 Pharmacology
  • BIO 509 Developmental Biology
  • MSC 606 Histology and Cell Biology
  • MSC 608 Medical Microbiology 

Optional Term 4 Clinical Sciences Specialization (42 Credits) (12 Additional credits) 

  • MSC 601 Gross Anatomy, embryology, and Imaging
  • MSC 602 Physiology I
  • MSC 604 Medical Biochemistry I 


Graduation Requirements

For graduation, students need to earn a B or better in every course and attain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Individual advising and answers to questions about courses are available by contacting Program Coordinator.



Jeffery Plunkett, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science
Office: (305) 628-6572