(Program Start Date May, 2019)
The Master of Science in Medical Sciences is a one-year program specifically designed to provide students with a structured opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will prepare them for the challenges of applying to and succeeding in medical school and other professional schools. This on-site program contains didactic coursework at the professional level, professional skills development sessions, standardized test (e.g. MCAT or DAT) preparation, and clinical exposures to form a complementary skill set to those that have been acquired at the undergraduate level.
We expect this program to enhance students’ success at medical/professional school acceptance, but please note that successful completion of this program is in no way a guarantee of an interview or acceptance into medical/professional school at MUSC or anywhere else. We regret that current regulations prevent us from offering this program to international applicants without a permanent resident visa due to its online component.
To receive the MS in Medical Sciences degree, the student must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student (minimum of nine credits per session), submit a portfolio at the end of fall semester (consisting of their CV, personal statement, and two Grand Rounds reports), pass all honors-pass-fail courses, and finish with a cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the required merit graded courses.
Apply to the Master of Science in Medical Sciences (available December 1, 2018 to April 15, 2019)
Prerequisites for the program include obtaining at least a baccalaureate degree with coursework appropriate for admission to the desired professional school. For suggestions for coursework to take to apply to the College of Medicine at MUSC click here:
For suggestions for course work to take to apply to the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC click here: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/dentistry/students/prospective_students/admission_requirements.htm
Applicants should also have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or other appropriate standardized test, within two years of the date of matriculation to provide a baseline score. Applicants MUST provide an MCAT, DAT, or PCAT score with their application to be considered. A GRE score will not be accepted. Coursework for the program will include standardized test preparation, tutoring and strategies, but competitive applicants will have test scores at or above the 50th percentile. Students interested in Medical or Dental Schools are encouraged to apply. Students interested in other professions should inquire before applying. Applicants should know that the College of Medicine at MUSC accepts very few out-of-state students.
Estimated tuition and fees rates for the program can be found at the website:
Estimated costs of living for South Carolina can be found on the MUSC website here:
Information for students interested in applying to Medical Schools can be found here: https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring
Information for students interested in applying to Dental Schools can be found here: www.adea.org/AADSAS
Cynthia Wright, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Associate Dean for Admissions and Career Development
Co-Director Master of Science in Medical Sciences
College of Graduate Studies