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Curriculum

Credit Hour Requirements for all students

The School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing each fulfill the federal definition of a credit hour. Each school determines the appropriate number of credit hours for each course, consistent with the federal definition. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of nine credit hours each semester to be considered a fulltime student.

Programs Offered

The programs within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences train students in their selected specialty area and emphasize a broad background in the basic medical sciences, in preparation for research with direct relevance to human disease. We welcome you to explore our many program offerings below.

PhD in Biomedical Sciences

The PhD is an umbrella program in biomedical sciences. Students benefit from the opportunity to rotate in three research groups in their first year, prior to joining a specific group and program of study.

Programs within the PhD include:
Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
Cancer Biology
Clinical & Population Health Research
Immunology & Microbiology
Interdisciplinary
MD/PhD
Millennium PhD
Neuroscience
Translational Science

Master's in Clinical Investigation

Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

Outreach Programs

Outreach programs include:
Summer Undergraduate Research Program 
High School Health Careers Program
Summer Enrichment Program
Worcester Pipeline Collaborative

Program Design

The programs within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences train students in their selected specialty area and emphasize a broad background in the basic medical sciences, in preparation for research with direct relevance to human disease. Program design varies by program. Please explore our program offerings to learn more about the structure of each.

Courses

All courses of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are listed on the GSBS website. Alternatively, you can view courses offered within each program by exploring individual Programs of Study.

Degree and Graduation Requirements

Degree and graduation requirements vary by program. Please explore our program offerings to learn more about their requirements. Additionally, you may review sections three and four of the Student Handbook (Academic Policies and Regulations, and Academic Milestones).

Learning Objectives

In addition to the overarching learning objectives of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, each program has its own individualized objectives. To learn more about program objectives, explore our program offerings.

Grading and Assessments

For more information about grading and assessment, please refer to the Student Handbook under sections three and four (Academic Policies and Regulations, and Academic Milestones).

Student Promotion

Students of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are advanced academically as outlined by their chosen program of study’s requirements.   Further detail on these requirements can be found in the schedule information for our offered programs.  Additional information can also be found in the Student Handbook under section three (Academic Policies and Regulations).

Academic Opportunities

Students may participate in sample collection, training and research experiences, teaching opportunities and conference attendance at non-UMMS locations when approved by their thesis advisor and the GSBS dean.

International Opportunities

Students may participate in sample collection, training and research experiences, teaching opportunities and conference attendance at non UMMS locations when approved by their Thesis Advisor and the GSBS Dean.