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Biomedical Sciences, M.H.S.

Grand Valley's Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) in Biomedical Sciences prepares students for career goals in: research; teaching; professional or doctoral studies; or health organizations. The Biomedical Science department integrates meaningful research experiences with excellent classroom teaching, preparing students to be critical thinkers, engaged citizens, and creative and competent professionals in the human biological sciences.

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Program Overview

The M.H.S. in Biomedical Sciences is a minimum of 33 credit hours, and offers full-time or part-time scheduling options. Additionally, course options are available for both degree-seeking and nondegree-seeking students.

Why Study Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley?

M.H.S. students:

  • Conduct innovative, collaborative research projects with interdisciplinary faculty or outside organizations based on student interest.
  • Become critical thinkers and leaders within their chosen field.
  • Create a personal, flexible course plan that meets individual research and career goals.
  • Are prepared for careers in science or health-related fields, teaching and post-graduate studies in professional and doctoral programs.
  • Have access to individual, preprofessional advising in preparation for doctoral studies, medical school, dental school, and other professional programs through the CLAS Academic Advising Center.
  • Tuition rates are based on academic program and there are no separate rates based on residency status.

Location & Format

Graduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus and the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

  • Face To Face


Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Comparative anatomy
  • Functional anatomy
  • Infectious disease
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology

Career Options

The program prepares graduates for careers in science or health-related fields, research and teaching at the community college level. Additionally, the program prepares students for post graduate studies in medical or dental school, as well as doctoral programs.

Skills Employers Want

The Master of Health Sciences degree at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings in the health sciences field.

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemical Assays
  • Standard Operating Procedure
  • Biostatistics

Source: EMSI, 2020

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is March 15. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit

Admission Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from all undergraduate courses
  • Satisfactory score from the GRE (General Test), MCAT, or DAT
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Completion of undergraduate courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and statistics
  • Coursework in chemistry is highly recommended

Additional program information can be found here

For More Information

Department of Biomedical Sciences
212 Henry Hall
(616) 331-3318

Graduate Admissions Office



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