Apply to the MSBS Program
The Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program is committed to selecting applicants who plan to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences and gain admission to health professions programs.
The MSBS Program office considers each applicant’s academic background, achievements, and personal statement. While grades and test scores are crucial, we also look closely at letters of recommendation, health-related work or research experience, community involvement, and promotion of diversity as important pieces to the admissions process.
We participate in PostBacCAS, the Centralized Application Service for postbaccalaureate programs.
To initiate the application process, applicants must apply directly through PostBacCAS. PostBacCAS is available to applicants for the entering class from September of the year before matriculating into the program and closes in June of the year matriculating into the program. Detailed instructions for completing the application can be found in the PostBacCAS Applicant Help Center.
Applicants must request all official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended be mailed directly from these institution(s) to the PostBacCAS office. Applicants who have taken coursework or have earned a degree from a foreign institution must also submit to PostBacCAS an evaluation of their transcripts in a course-by-course fashion from one of the PostBacCAS approved evaluation services. All required coursework must be completed from an accredited US college or university to be considered.
Applicants with Permanent Residency status must provide a copy of their Green Card for consideration for admission. Candidates born outside of the United States who have become United States Citizens should provide a copy of their Citizenship Certificate.
We make every effort to recruit students from a diverse background to foster a cultural richness to meet the MSBS program mission, goals and objectives. Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race; ethnicity; color; sex; sexual orientation; gender; gender identity; national origin; age; disabilities; religion; genetic information; protected veteran status; and any other characteristic protected by law, except where appropriate and authorized by law.
Prior to matriculation, applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree and completed the following coursework with a grade of “C” or higher from an accredited US institution in order to be considered.
- Biological Sciences: One year with laboratory (8 credit hours/12 quarter hours)
- Inorganic/General Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 credit hours/12 quarter hours)
- Organic Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 credit hours/12 quarter hours)
- Physics: One year (6-8 credit hours/9-12 quarter hours)
- English: One year (6 credit hours/9 quarter hours)
Competitive applicants have a cumulative science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Standardized Test Scores
- Submission of GRE, MCAT, PCAT, OAT or DAT scores taken within the past five years is encouraged.
Letters of Recommendation
- Two letters of recommendation are required to complete the application for admission:
Letter 1 (must be written by one of the following):
- Pre-health/medical Committee
- Pre-health/medical advisor
- Faculty member with a terminal degree in the hard sciences
Letter 2 (must be written by one of the following):
- Manager who has supervised the applicant as an employee or volunteer
- Healthcare professional (g., physician, pharmacist, nurse, etc.) who has interacted with the applicant within a clinical setting
- Letters of recommendation must be written specifically for the CUSOM MSBS program
- All letters must be on official letterhead and signed by the letter writer
A current résumé or curriculum vitae is required.
All students are required to meet the CUSOM MSBS Technical Standards for Admission. All students must affirm by signature that he/she has read and meets the standards. Any falsification or misinformation regarding the ability to meet technical standards is a reason for dismissal.
If selected for an interview, the applicant will be notified via phone or email and will have the opportunity to select an interview date. The interview will take place with the MSBS Admissions Committee via a virtual meeting platform.
Earliest Filing Date for Fall 2022 Admission: September 15, 2021
Deadline Date for Fall 2022 Admission: July 1, 2022 – Applications must be marked as ‘complete’ within PostBacCAS by July 1st to be considered.
It is recommended applicants submit their applications well in advance of the stated deadline to allow time for supplemental materials to be received and verified by PostBacCAS prior to this deadline.