Master of Biological Sciences with MEDPREP (MBS - MP)
The Master of Biological Sciences degree is a coursework-only (non-thesis) master's degree. Students in the MBS - MP Pathway complete a combined program that includes both MEDPREP coursework and graduate-level coursework in the biological sciences. Students complete MEDPREP courses and several graduate courses in the first year, and then take a variety of graduate-level courses in biology, physiology, microbiology, genetics, and biochemistry in their second year.
Pros of the MBS-MP Pathway:
Graduate with an MBS degree, which may enhance your career options after MEDPREP/after professional school.
No required coursework in second summer – many students do research or service programs to gain experience/earn money away from Carbondale.
As a graduate student, you may have better options for obtaining loans.
You may be able to apply for a limited number of TA/GA positions (IN THE SECOND YEAR ONLY). Positions are not guaranteed.
Graduate school has some tuition scholarships available (can apply in 2nd year – scholarships are not guaranteed).
Potential opportunities to work in a medical school research laboratory in your second year
Cons of the MPB-MP Pathway:
Difficult graduate science course load, particularly in the second year.
MBS program will not significantly increase your chances of getting into medical school over the traditional program.
No MP tuition waiver eligibility.
Higher graduate school tuition.
The MBS-MP Pathway academic advisor is Dr. Cornelius Bondzi.
Kia - recent MBS-MP graduate Ihuoma - recent MPB-MP graduate
What made you decide to take the MBS program?
Ihuoma: I decided to enter this program because it allowed me to increase my research experience, as well as study the biological principles that I love. Of course, you want to take some classes that will aid in preparing you for the MCAT, but there is also some volition involved. Furthermore, a lot of the classes you take will either help you on the MCAT or the in medical school.
Kia: I was able to interact with faculty that I would not have met if I did take the MBS courses. In addition, we had a mini-cohort between the of Medprep MBS students in our campus class and I loved that we had that bond.
What unique experience have you had in this program?
Kia: I really wanted to improve my science GPA and have more challenging molecular biology courses.
Ihuoma: Most graduate courses are open to all the students in the program however, it is a lot easier to find research opportunities with an in-house professor or campus professors as an MBS student.