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Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences

MBS Landing

Earn a Master’s Degree that Prepares You to Excel in Medical School

Tufts University School of Medicine’s Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MBS) Program is a rigorous MS degree experience for preprofessional students looking to strengthen their academic credentials before applying to medical, dental, or other health sciences schools. Our graduates are accepted to some of the nation’s top medical and dental schools, and are prepared to excel at these institutions as they pursue a career in medicine.

World-Class Faculty. Rigorous Med School Courses

As a Tufts MBS student, you’ll build a strong academic foundation through an intensive curriculum that mirrors a significant portion of the first year of medical school. Key courses include:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Immunology
  • Medical Genetics
  • Medical Histology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

Taught by award-winning faculty from Tufts University Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine, the Tufts MBS curriculum is specifically designed to prepare you for the rigors of professional schools. In addition, volunteer opportunities within the TuftsCARES Initiative combine your classroom learning with clinical experiences, and opportunities to give back to the communities where students work and live.

Personalized Advising and Mentoring

Acceptance into medical or dental school isn’t easy, but the Tufts MBS Program is here to support you every step of the way. The MBS Academic Partnership Initiative pairs students with an experienced pre-medical advisor to mentor you through academics, MCAT preparation, and the professional school application process.

Connect to Cutting-Edge Resources

Tufts MBS students have access to exceptional learning resources.  The Tufts University Sciences Knowledgebase (TUSK) is an award-winning electronic database, which contains over two million content items, including medical images, electronic syllabi, lecture slides, video recordings, full-text journal articles, and numerous other research and study resources. You’ll also have full access to the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, used by Tufts University School of Medicine and Dental Medicine faculty, clinicians, and students.

Go further with a Dual Degree

Tufts dual degree programs give MBS students the chance to build a wider range of skills – and pursue a more diverse range of career options.

The MBS/MPH dual degree prepares students to work in a public health setting in pharmaceuticals and biotech, medical research and other health organizations.

The MBS/MBA dual degree, offered in conjunction with Brandeis University, provides crucial management skills you need to lead teams at major companies and healthcare organizations.

  • MBS/MPH Program

    Prepares students to work in a public health setting in pharmaceuticals and biotech, medical research and other health organizations.
  • MBS/MBA Program

    Offered in collaboration with Brandeis University, provides crucial management skills needed to lead teams at healthcare organizations and major companies.
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Tufts MBS graduates have been accepted to 128 medical schools and 10 dental schools in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 6 foreign countries.

MBS Program Director & Staff

Alvar W. Gustafson, PhD
Faculty Director
al.gustafson@tufts.edu

Vivian Stephens-Hicks, MPH, M.Div
Program Manager
617-636-3918
vivian.stephens-hicks@tufts.edu

Laura Nunn
Administrative Coordinator
617-636-3918
laura.nunn@tufts.edu

General Program Information
mbs@tufts.edu