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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Biomedical Science Program combines Hood’s excellent resources with the expertise of scientists working in the laboratories of the National Cancer Institute’s Frederick Cancer Research Facility, the U.S. Army Research Institute on Infectious Diseases, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other nearby biomedical and biotechnology facilities. The program delivers extensive lab skill development and scientific knowledge to individuals currently working in the field seeking to upgrade their proficiency, and to those who hope to transition into a scientific field.

The program offers concentrations in biotechnology and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology and virology, and regulatory compliance. Courses are taught in the evenings, offering flexibility for professionals who work full time.

Entrance Requirements

Complete and submit the graduate school application available at 

Grade Point Average
A minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA is required for admission to the graduate school and to the Master of Science in Biomedical Science Program.

Request one copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended. Applicants must submit an essay that includes the student’s matriculation intent, future goals and relevance of work experience. All documents should be sent directly to the graduate school. The relevance of the undergraduate major is considered. Priority is given to students who have a major in biology, biochemistry or chemistry. To be considered for admission, students must have completed undergraduate coursework in genetics, cell biology, microbiology, organic chemistry and pre-calculus.

About the Program

Degree Requirements
The Biomedical Science Program is a 33-credit program of graduate research and academic study offering thesis and alternate options. Students seeking graduate study beyond a master’s degree or careers in research should choose the thesis track, which includes the defense of a 6-credit, research-based thesis. The program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who work in government or private-sector labs and to be taken on a part-time basis. Most thesis-track students complete the laboratory research thesis at their employment site under the direction of a thesis adviser approved by the College. Current scheduling demands limit the availability of Hood’s lab space for these projects.  

Students who do not have a working relationship with a laboratory are encouraged to pursue the alternate option, which includes an oral defense of a mock grant proposal.

Core Courses

BMS 511 Protein Biochemistry 3
BMS 523 Cell Structure and Function 3
BMS 524 Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Cells 3
BMS 537 Intro to Bioinformatics 3

Track Thesis Requirements
Four core courses (12 credits)
Four elective courses (12 credits)
BMS 570 Research Seminar course (3 credits)
BMS 580 Research-based thesis, under the direction of a thesis adviser and
a reading committee. Oral defense of the thesis is required. (6 credits)

Alternate Track Requirements
Four core courses (12 credits)
Six elective courses; three must be laboratory and lecture courses (18 credits)
BMS 571 Biomedical Sciences Seminar course; including preparation and oral defense of a mock grant proposal. (3 credits)