Biomedical Sciences, MS

School of Medicine

Program Description:

      MS students may take up to two years to complete the core courses. MS students rotate through a minimum of two laboratories during their first year. They are not required to take the PhD Qualifying Examination unless they wish to be 

 considered for the PhD program. After completion of the core curriculum, students are 
 required to enroll in divisional seminars each semester until graduation.

 First-year MS students are not eligible for stipend or tuition support by the BSGP, although many find funding in their second year.

 By the beginning of the second year, students choose a thesis advisor and form a Committee on Studies. The Committee outlines any additional divisional course requirements relevant to the specific area of interest. The MS student is expected to present a minimum of one seminar during the second year, in addition to their thesis defense. Students must complete an original and creative research project as well as write and defend their thesis. Most students complete their MS degrees within 2-3 years.


Admission Requirements:

  • BS, BA, or equivalent 4-year degree from an accredited US institution or a recognized foreign institution
  • Overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (also preferred in all science courses)
  •  Completion of the following coursework, with a grade of “B” or higher:
    •  Biological Sciences:  2 Semesters
    • General Chemistry:     2 Semesters
    • Organic Chemistry:     2 Semesters
    • Physics:                         2 Semesters
    • Biochemistry:               1 Semester
    • Calculus:                      1 Semester
  • Official GRE scores:  Revised GRE minimum scores will be posted as soon as the Admissions Committee has had time to study the concordance released by ETS
    • Minimum combined (Verbal + Quantitative) score of 1000 (or the revised GRE equivalent)
      • A minimum GRE Verbal score of 450 or 150-152 revised GRE Verbal score
      • A minimum GRE Quantitative score of 550 or 146-147 revised GRE Quantitative score
    •  Minimum of 3.5 on the Analytical Writing test
    • Subject scores are not required and will not be considered
  • Official TOEFL scores (international students only)
    • Minimum score of 92 iBT
  • Previous laboratory research experience; not required,  but highly desirable
  • Technical Standards Required to Perform the Essential Functions of the BSGP Curriculum:
    • Observation:  The applicant must be able to function effectively in a laboratory setting and must be able to observe and accurately acquire information from numerous sources, including, but not limited to, written documents, images, lectures, and videos.  This requires functional visual, auditory, and somatic sensation.
    • Communication:  The applicant must be able to effectively speak, read, write, and comprehend English in order to communicate his or her discoveries to the scientific community.
    • Motor function and coordination:  The applicant must have sufficient motor function to perform the required laboratory tasks.  This may include both gross and fine motor function, as well as the functional use of touch, vision, and hearing.
    • Intellect:  The applicant must be able to identify, define, and solve problems, with the ability to accurately measure, calculate, reason, integrate, analyze and synthesize data, and to apply these skills in a variety of settings.
    • Professionalism:  The applicant must possess good emotional health and be capable of developing and retaining mature, professional, responsible, and effective relationships, to exercise good judgment, and to demonstrate the degree of honesty and integrity outlined in the Biomedical Research Education Program Code of Professional Conduct.
    • Applicants must be able to meet the technical standards with or without reasonable accommodation.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The University of New Mexico School of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program will implement policy and procedures to ensure equal access to educational opportunities for persons with disabilities.


Contact Information:

Sarah Martinez: Senior Program Manager
(505) 272-1921
STMartinez@salud.unm.edu