MS in Biomedical Sciences/Master in Business Administration
The MBS/MBA program gives students the opportunity to take advantage of the Tufts/Brandeis collaboration to earn concurrent master’s degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Business Administration. This dual track provides a comprehensive foundation for a wide variety of health careers, including medical practice, healthcare organizational leadership, hospital management, and pharmaceutical work. Students undergo a broad-based program in the biomedical sciences with professional study in health sector management and administration. By the end of the program, students have acquired business skills which make them more competitive in medical school and the job market.
What are the requirements?
Currently, students enroll in the standalone MBS program in late August, complete their MBS coursework by the following May and thereafter complete their thesis as a requirement of the degree. Students interested in the dual MBS/MBA degree track enroll in the MBA Program during the summer following the successful completion of their MBS coursework. During the first summer, they take some MBA courses with Tufts MD/MBA students and then continue at Brandeis doing coursework with MBA students during the following fall and spring semesters. Students complete their MBA degree during the following summer. MBS/MBA students undertake the literature-based thesis and complete their thesis in August of their second year in the program.
What courses do I need to take?
*Course overlaps with MD/MBA curriculum
(MBS Year-in Residence)
|Course ID||Course Title|
|Fall 1||MBS 200||Microbiology|
|MBS 201||Cell Biology|
|MBS 205||Intro to Clinical Medicine|
|MBS 214||Basic Human Pathology I|
(1 credit elective)
|MBS 215||Basic Human Pathology|
|MBS 211||Basic and Clinical Human Anatomy|
|MPH 205 or 259||Biostatistics|
|Spring MCAT Tutorial and MCAT strongly encouraged|
|Summer 1 (12 credits)
(while completing MBS thesis)
|*HS 258a||Operations Management|
|*HS 250a||Financial Accounting|
|*HS 290a||Economic Analysis for Managers|
|Fall 2 (16 -18 credits)||*HS 253b||Leadership & Organizational Behavior|
|*HS 513a||Issues on National Health Policy|
|HS 518a||Health Care Management|
|Elective credits (6)
(Note: 2 elective credits can be taken in Spring 2)
|Spring 2 (18-20 credits)||*HS 251b||Managerial Accounting|
|*HS 252b||Strategic Management|
|HS 248b||Financial Management|
|*HS 299b||Team Consulting Project|
|HS 232a||TCP Workshop|
|Summer 2 (16 credits)||*HS 215||Corporate Finance|
|*HS 357f||Law and Ethics|
|*HS 347||Healthcare Technology and Information Systems|
|MBS Thesis due August 15|
How do I apply?
There are two application options if you are interested in our combined MS in Biomedical Sciences/Master of Business Administration (MBS/MBA) program.
Applying Concurrently to the MBS and MBS/MBA Program
If you are not yet a student in the MBS program, you can apply to the MBS/MBA program at the same time you are submitting your application for the regular MBS program.
Within the regular MBS program application, you will be able to indicate that you are applying to the MBA. If you do so, in addition to regular requirements for the MBS application, you will be asked to provide an additional personal statement regarding your interest in the MBA program.
Your decision to pursue or not pursue the MBS/MBA program has no impact on your admission decision for the MBS program itself. If an applicant is eligible for admission to the MBS program but not to the dual degree program of their choice, the applicant will be offered admission to the MBS program alone.
Applying for the MBS/MBA as a Current MBS Student
If you are already enrolled in the MBS program, you are able to submit a short application to the MBS/MBA program during the spring of your first year. The deadline to apply to the program is March 15th. Informational sessions will be held for students each year prior to the application deadline.
As a current MBS student, you will be asked to provide a personal statement regarding your interest in the MBA program and 1 letter of recommendation, typically from your current program adviser.
Upon submission of the short application, the PHPD Admissions Office will obtain the application materials you submitted for your original MBS program application and a copy of your transcript containing your first semester grades in the MBS program. The information you provide in the short application, plus your transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, and personal information on your original MBS application, will be combined and reviewed by the Admissions Committee for admission to the MBS/MBA program.
If you are offered admission to the MBS/MBA program, you will need to accept the offer and pay a non-refundable $200 deposit by the enrollment deadline provided in your admissions letter. Your ability to pursue the MBS/MBA program is contingent upon successful completion of the spring semester of your MBS coursework.
What are the costs for the MBS/MBA degree?
The following tuition rates are for 2019 – 2020 academic year* and apply to students enrolled in the dual MS in Biomedical Sciences/Master in Business Administration (MBS/MBA) program starting their MBA coursework in Summer 2019.
Students enrolled in the dual MBS/MBA will be billed for the MBA program for four semesters (2 summers, fall, and spring) following completion of the MBS program. At current year tuition rates, this means the total tuition cost of the MBA program for MBS/MBA students is $70,336 (in addition to the cost of the MBS program).
$13,188 / first summer semester (flat-rate)
$17,584 / fall semester (flat-rate)
$21,980 / spring semester (flat-rate)
$17,584 / second summer semester (flat-rate)
$274 / semester (fall and spring only)
The current academic year's cost of attendance budget (including not only tuition, but room and board, health insurance, books etc.) is available from the Office of Financial Aid.
* Tuition rates and fees are effective as of July 2019. Note that program cost is set each academic year (June to May) and typically increases a small amount from year-to-year. The Trustees of Tufts University reserve the right to change tuition rates or fees at their discretion.