Master of Health Sciences

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.

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Career Outlook and Opportunities


$60,000 - $115,000




The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the employment of biomedical scientists or microbiologists is expected to grow by 13 percent by 2026. 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 median annual wage for biomedical scientists or microbiologists is $60,000 according to The BLS reports the top 10% in the field earned an excess of $115,000 per year. GVSU graduates with an M.H.S. in Biomedical Sciences degree often hold the following job titles:

  • Biomedical scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry
  • Healthcare scientist, genomics
  • Healthcare scientist, haematology
  • Healthcare scientist, immunology
  • Microbiologist

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.

Why Study Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley?

  • 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.

Courses Offered

The M.H.S. in Biomedical Sciences program requires a minimum of 33 credits. Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Cell biology
  • Immunology
  • Bacteriology
  • Virology

Visit the online catalog to see the full course list.


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.

View the Admissions Requirements for the M.H.S. in Biomedical Sciences

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