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 The M.S. program typically requires 2-3 years, with the first year emphasizing course work and the second and third years emphasizing research.

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (Thesis-Based)

​​​The Department of Biomedical Sciences is dedicated to excellence in research, teaching and other scholarly activities, and it fosters interactions and collaborations among faculty and students in a wide range of disciplines and departments. The research-based graduate program in Biomedical Sciences currently includes Ph.D. and M.S. programs.

Both Ph.D. and M.S. programs are flexible in content and consist of several core courses and a wide variety of specialized courses, selected by each student, in consultation with his/her Advisor and Advisory Committee, to best enable attainment of his/her educational goals.

Graduate students participate in seminars, tutorials, small group discussions, and classroom teaching. The flexible and interdisciplinary nature of course work and research programs, specifically blended for each individual, has been enthusiastically supported by students.

Master's Program Overview

The M.S. program typically requires 2-3 years, with the first year emphasizing course work and the second and third years emphasizing research.

Although the research program for a M.S. student is less comprehensive than that for a Ph.D. student, each M.S. student completes a meaningful research project, presents his/her research in a M.S. thesis, and defends the thesis in public.

Emphasis in Equine Reproduction

We also offer a Master's degree with an emphasis in Equine Reproduction. The program is unique in that it combines research with a large clinical component. This program is offered by the Equine Reproduction Laboratory, a subdivision of the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory. Because this is an interdisciplinary program, applicants may apply through either the Department of Biomedial Sciences or the Department of Animal Sciences (all applications will be routed to the same admissions committee).

Areas of Study

While research in our department encompasses many areas, it can be reduced to three primary areas: cardiac physiology, animal reproduction, and neurobiology. More detailed descriptions of current research can be found on individual faculty research pages. Biomedical Sciences faculty members are internationally recognized researchers in the following areas:

  • Animal reproduction
  • Assisted reproductive technologies
  • Cardiovascular/pulmonary physiology
  • Cell and molecular neurobiology
  • CNS regeneration and plasticity
  • Computer-assisted multimedia approaches to teaching
  • Developmental neurobiology
  • Developmental reproductive biology
  • Equine reproduction
  • Ion channel receptor structure/function
  • Molecular endocrinology
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neurotransmitter receptor structure/function
  • Regulatory mechanisms of male & female reproduction
  • Reproductive physiology
  • Reproductive toxicology
  • Sensory physiology
  • Signal transduction
  • Structure and function correlation of the nervous system
  • Structure of membrane complexes
  • Theriogenology
  • Veterinary neurobiology

Degree Requirements

The Master's program requires at least 30 credit hours. Course requirements for both are largely determined by the student, the advisor, and the student's graduate committee. However, there are core courses required for each program.

MS students must complete the following requirements:
Course Course Title Credits
BMS 500 and/or
BMS 501
Mammalian Physiology I and/or
Mammalian Physiology II
4
4
BMS 792 Programmatic Seminar 2
GRAD 544 Ethical Conduct of Research 1

Costs and Financial Assistance

For the most recent estimate of graduate tuition and fees, please visit the Registrar's website. Most students in our research-based graduate programs are supported by assistantships, training grants from the National Institutes of Health, funds from special endowments established to support graduate education in selected areas, or extramural/intramural research funds, all of which provide a monthly stipend to our students. Direct application to competitive individual fellowships also is encouraged. The majority of our students also receive some portion of tuition coverage from their advisors. Financial arrangements are made on an individual basis and the above provisions are guidelines, not guarantees. Please visit the Student Financial Services website for additional financial aid options.

All full-fee paying resident-instruction graduate students are required to enroll in the CSU student health insurance plan or to opt-out by demonstrating comparable health insurance coverage. Additionally, all international students, regardless of enrollment status, are required to carry comprehensive health insurance through CSU. More information about the health insurance policy can be found on the Graduate School's website.