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The Master of Science in Biology (Medical Sciences) program is designed to prepare students for a career in medical sciences research or for those students wishing to enter medical, dental, optometry, physician assistant and pharmacy schools.


The Master of Science in Biology (Medical Sciences) program is designed to prepare students for a career in medical sciences research or for those students wishing to enter medical, dental, optometry, physician assistant and pharmacy schools. This degree can be completed in one calendar year.  Unlike many programs, most courses are offered both fall and spring, enabling the student to mix and match course loads each semester, giving him/her great flexibility in designing the class sequence.

This degree is a unique opportunity for students to take courses taught at Medical School level as a way to prepare for Medical School. Typically, the first year Medical School curriculum will include: Human Gross Anatomy, Medical Physiology, Biochemistry, Histology, Human Neuroanatomy, and Human Embryology. Pharmacology is usually taught during the second year of Medical School. 

Mississippi College offers the following courses that closely align with what is taught at Medical School: Human Gross Anatomy, Medical Physiology, Histology, Human Neuroanatomy, Human Embryology. In our Human Gross Anatomy and Human Neuroanatomy courses, we utilize human cadaver material and learn how to read basic X-rays, CAT Scans and MRI's. The Human Gross Anatomy course is a full-body cadaver dissection class. We have a state of the art 4,800 sq. ft. Human Cadaver lab. Two, five-hour Pharmacology courses are taught each summer, covering approximately what is covered in a typical Pharmacology course offered during the second year of Medical School. Most students will take 13-14 semester hours both fall and spring terms and complete the 33 hour requirement the following summer term. While most students complete the program in 12 months, the program may be extended beyond that time frame.

State of the Art Facilities

The 20,000-square-foot medical science facility includes a 4,800-square-foot gross anatomy laboratory, two large classrooms, a histology laboratory, and 2,700 square feet of office and research space. 

National Board Subject Exams (Shelf Exams)

While being a student in the Medical Science Master's degree you will have the opportunity to take the National Board of Medical Examiners subject exams commonly called "Shelf exams".

So, what is a "Shelf exam"?

At the end of each course in medical school, for instance, Gross Anatomy, many medical schools will give their students a comprehensive national exam on Gross Anatomy. This would be the Shelf exam for Gross Anatomy. When the medical students are done with the Shelf exam, their exams are sent to the National Board of Medical Examiners in Philadelphia, PA where they are scored. The results are sent back to the medical schools which in turn give each student his/her score. The scores are in percentile ranking so that the student knows how he or she did on that particular Shelf exam compared to all of the other medical students in the country who also took the exam.

The Medical Science Master's program offers shelf exams for Gross Anatomy, Cell Biology and Histology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Microbiology, and Pharmacology. Some of our students do substantially better on the Shelf exams than the average medical student taking the same course in medical school. Our high score on the Gross Anatomy Shelf exam was 99 percentile, which means that student did better than 99 percent of medical students who took that exam. The shelf exams are optional. You can take any of the Shelf exams you wish or none at all.  

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Stan Baldwin, Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics. Feel free to call Dr. Baldwin at 601-925-3321. He will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about the program. 

For information on the application process, Graduate Catalog, and other information, please go to our Graduate Admissions site.  Deadline for summer 2020 is May 20, 2020.  Deadline for fall 2020 is August 10, 2020. Deadline for spring 2020 applications is December 19, 2020. All transcripts and standardized scores must be submitted by those dates.  Admissions is rolling. Official transcripts, standardized test scores, and application fee must be sent to the Graduate School, Box 4029, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS 39058.

To apply, please fill out our online application. Have the registrar at all of your undergraduate institutions send official transcripts to our Graduate School, and submit a GRE or MCAT or DAT score. We do not need letters of recommendation or personal statements.

You can begin the program summer, fall, or spring term.

We are accepting students for fall 2018, and we welcome out-of-state applicants and international students. 

Admission to the Program

1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met. The MCAT exam or DAT exam may be substituted for the GRE requirement. The following are the minimum scores for standardized exams:

  • MCAT - 490
  • DAT - 15 
  • GRE - 146 on Verbal and 146 on Quantitative.

If you are using a DAT or MCAT for your standardized test, then you must make a copy of the score print-out form and mail it to our graduate school. Or you can make a pdf of that score print-out form and email it to our graduate school. 

However, this program is highly competitive therefore it is recommended that you have scores above the minimum requirement. Your application will not be reviewed until standardized scores are received by the graduate school. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

2. Sixteen hours of Biology, 16 hours of Chemistry, and 8 hours of Physics are required to enter this program. (Exceptions to the 16 hours of Biology may be considered). Biochemistry courses will count towards the Biology requirement. Applicants must have a C or better in all of the following courses: 2 semesters of freshman Biology, 2 semesters of freshman Chemistry, 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry, 2 semesters of Physics.

Class Requirements 

This degree is 33 semester hours of graduate work that can be completed in one calendar year. Students must take 3 of the 7 following courses: BIO 5403, BIO 5404, BIO 5405, BIO 5410, BIO 5412, BIO 5413 and BIO 5425. BIO 6430 is also required. The other hours must be chosen from the following courses:

Class Class Name Semester Offered Hours
BIO 5403 Vertebrate Histology Fall/Spring 5
BIO 5404** Pharmacology I Summer 5
BIO 5405** Pharmacology II Summer 5
BIO 5406 Introduction to Toxicology May Term 3
BIO 5407 Biology of Cancer Fall/Spring 3
BIO 5409 Human Embryology Fall/Spring 3
BIO 5410 Human Gross Anatomy Fall/Spring 8
BIO 5412 Medical Physiology I Fall/Spring 8
BIO 5413 Medical Physiology II Fall/Spring 5
BIO 5414 General Microbiology Fall/Spring 4
BIO 5415 Immunology Fall/Spring 3
BIO 5416 Immunology Lab Spring 1
BIO 5417 Medical Microbiology Fall/Spring 4
BIO 5418 Infectious Disease Summer 3
BIO 5419 DNA Forensics May Term 3
BIO 5422 Virology Fall/Spring 3
BIO 5425 Human Neuroanatomy Fall/Spring 5
BIO 5426 Mitochondrial Genomics Summer 3
CHE 5418 Biochemistry I: Macromolecules Fall/Summer 3
CHE 5419 Biochemistry II: Metabolism Spring/Summer 3
BIO 5442, 5443, 5445, 5446 Special Topics  As Needed
BIO 6305 Cell Physiology Fall/Spring/Summer 2
BIO 6330  Seminar Observation Fall/Spring/Summer 1
BIO 6430* Graduate Seminar Fall/Spring/Summer 2
BIO 6460, 6461, 6462 Independent Studies  As Needed
BIO 6501 Unifying Principles of Biology Fall/Spring/Summer
BIO 6505 Genomics Fall/Spring/Summer 3
BIO 6506 Food & Water Microbiology Summer
BIO 6541 Medical Genetics Fall/Spring 3
BIO 6545, 6546, 6547 Special Topics  As Needed
BIO 6562 Research  As Needed 1-3
BIO 6591, 6592, 6593 Field Studies  As Needed

*Required for graduation. 
**Bio 5412 and 5413 are prereqs for Bio 5404 and 5405

All material relative to your application must be mailed to:

  • Mrs. Debbie DePriest
    Graduate Office
    Box 4029
    Clinton, MS 39058

There are only three things you must do to apply to the program.

  1. Have official transcripts sent to our graduate school
  2. Send a standardized score to our graduate school. If you are using the MCAT or DAT or another exam, just make a copy of the score printout as a PDF and email it to our graduate school. If you are using the General GRE, have that score sent to our graduate school.
  3. Fill out the grade sheet and send or email to our graduate school. Click here for that grade sheet form.  

If you have a question regarding your status or materials sent to the graduate office, you can either call Mrs. Debbie DePriest at 601-925-3261 or email her at