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Biomedical Sciences, M.H.S.

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. Grand Valley's Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) in Biomedical Sciences provides graduate-level coursework and training for career advancement beyond that provided by a bachelor's degree.

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Program Overview

The M.H.S. in biomedical sciences requires a minimum of 33 credit hours and offers full- and part-time scheduling options.

General Studies (Non-Thesis): The general studies emphasis is for students who want to further their knowledge in biomedical sciences and prepare for professional schools in healthcare. This program may also address the needs of students pursuing non-research careers.

Research (Thesis): The research emphasis is for students who want additional knowledge and experience before applying to doctoral programs or pursuing careers involving biomedical-related research. This option may also be chosen by students who want additional preparation for professional schools. Performance of original research and completion of a thesis is required.

Why Study Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley?

  • Innovative, collaborative research projects are conducted with faculty members based on student interest.
  • Students develop critical thinking skills and are prepared to become leaders within their chosen field.
  • Students can create a personal course plan that aligns with their individual research and career goals.
  • Tuition rates are based on academic program; there are no separate rates based on residency status.
  • Graduates enjoy careers in science or health-related fields, teaching and post-graduate studies in professional and doctoral programs.

Career Insights

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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

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is April 1, winter semester deadline for general degree applicants only is November 1. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU.

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from all undergraduate courses
  • Three recommendations
  • Completion of undergraduate courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and statistics
  • Coursework in chemistry is highly recommended
  • Application questionnaire

Additional program information can be found here

For More Information

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

Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office

Program Director

Christopher Pearl, Ph.D.
(616) 331-3318



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