Grand Valley's Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) in Biomedical Sciences prepares students for medical or dental school, teaching positions at the community college level, and Ph.D. programs. A few students also go directly to positions in science or health-related fields.
The program is designed to be completed in two years by students who attend full time. The first year primarily consists of coursework and the second year is comprised of thesis work while completing a few remaining classes. Options are also available for non-degree seeking students.
Source: EMSI, 2019
Career Outlook and Opportunities
According to EMSI, Biomedical Science jobs are expected to grow 11% in the West Michigan area and 7.8% in the U.S. by 2024. There will be more of these scientists needed to apply knowledge from research to develop new biological drugs and other processes to improve people’s lives. The following are job often held by biomedical science graduates:
- Research Technicians
- Laboratory Assistants (Healthcare)
- Molecular Biology Scientists
- Medical Science Liaisons
- Animal Laboratory Technicians
This program is also a feeder program for Grand Valley's M.P.A.S. and D.P.T. degree, as well as other Medical Schools.
Source: Emsi, 2019
The 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
Source: EMSI, 2019
Other Reasons to Study Biomedical Sciences at GVSU
- Flexibility. Create a personal, flexible course plan that meets individual research and career goals.
- Personal Advising. Have access to individual, preprofessional advising in preparation for Ph.D., medical school, dental school, and other professional programs through the CLAS Academic Advising Center.
- Research Opportunities. Conduct innovative, collaborative research projects with interdisciplinary faculty or outside organizations based on student interest.
- Preparation. Exit the program prepared for careers in science or health-related fields, teaching and post-graduate studies in professional and doctoral programs.
The M.H.S. in Biomedical Sciences program requires a minimum of 33 credits. Students study a variety of topics, including:
- Nutrition and Public Health
- Cell biology
Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements for this program.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.
Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.
The M.H.S. in Biomedical Sciences application deadline is March 15. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley.
Visit the online catalog for admission requirements for this program.