Apply to the MSBS Program
The mission of the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (CUSOM MSBS) is to prepare students for careers in health professions. Graduates of the MSBS program will be prepared to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences or gain admission to health professions programs.
The CUSOM MSBS program participates in PostBacCAS, a Centralized Application Service. Applicants must apply directly through PostBacCAS.
The MSBS program considers each applicant’s academic background, achievements, and personal statement. While grades and test scores are important, we strongly consider letters of recommendation, health-related work or research experience, community involvement, and promotion of diversity as components of our holistic approach to the admissions process.
We utilize the Centralized Application Service, PostBacCAS, for processing all applications to the MSBS program.
To initiate the application process, applicants must apply directly through PostBacCAS. PostBacCAS is available to applicants for the entering class from September 15th of the year before matriculating into the program and closes July 1st 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 official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended be submitted directly from these institution(s) to PostBacCAS’s application portal.
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 prerequisite 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.
In keeping with the MSBS program mission, goals, and objectives, we make every effort to recruit students from a diverse background to foster cultural richness.
The University affirms its standing policy of non-discrimination with respect to age, race, color, creed, sex, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran’s or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs, 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 to be considered.
- Biological Sciences: One year with lab (8 credit hours/12 quarter hours)
- General/Inorganic Chemistry: One year with lab (8 credit hours/12 quarter hours)
- Organic Chemistry: One year with lab (8 credit hours/12 quarter hours)
Please note: One semester of Biochemistry with lab can replace one semester of Organic Chemistry with lab.
- Physics: One year (6-8 credit hours/9-12 quarter hours)
- English: One year (6 credit hours/9 quarter hours)
Please note: Other reading or writing-intensive courses instead of English may be accepted.
Competitive applicants have a cumulative science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Standardized Test Scores
- Submission of a GRE, MCAT, PCAT, OAT or DAT scores taken within the past five years is encouraged; however, there is no minimum score for acceptance.
- Applicants who have not taken one of the exams listed above should submit an ACT or SAT score to satisfy the standardized test score submission requirement.
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/Pre-Medical Committee
- Pre-Health/Pre-Medical Advisor
- Faculty member with a PhD in one of the biomedical sciences (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.) familiar with the academic work of the applicant
Letter 2 (must be written by one of the following):
- An individual who has supervised the applicant as an employee or volunteer
- A Healthcare professional (e.g., physician, pharmacist, nurse, etc.) who has interacted with the applicant within a clinical setting
All letters must be on official letterhead and signed by the letter writer. Letters should not be submitted from a relative of the applicant.
Submission of a current résumé or curriculum vitae is required.
All students are required to meet the CUSOM MSBS Technical Standards and Vaccination Requirements for Admission. All students must affirm by signature that they have read and meet these standards. Any falsification or misinformation regarding the ability to meet the Technical Standards and Vaccination Requirements is a reason for dismissal.
If selected for an interview, the applicant will be notified via email and will have the opportunity to select an available interview date and time. The interview will take place with members of the MSBS Admissions Committee via a virtual meeting platform.
Earliest application filing date for fall admission: September 15th of the year prior to matriculation.
Deadline for fall admission: July 1st of the year matriculating. Applications must be marked as ‘complete’ within the PostBacCAS application portal 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.
Accepted candidates must review, acknowledge, and submit an electronic signature for the Technical Standards and Vaccination Requirements and Academic Bulletin. The candidate must also meet all criteria listed in the Offer of Acceptance by the stated deadlines.