Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) Program

About THE MSBS program

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program at the CHSU College of Biosciences and Health Professions helps students strengthen their academic credentials and critical thinking skills before pursuing a healthcare profession career.

1-year, Non-thesis Track (30 Credits)

The 1-year MSBS curriculum provides clinically relevant, biomedical science courses at the graduate level. This non-thesis track can help boost students’ academic credentials and increase the competitiveness of their application to medical or other healthcare professional schools.

2-year, Thesis Track (50 Credits)
Year 1 is 30 Credits
Year 2 is 20 Credits

After completing the 1-year MSBS track (30 credits), the second-year thesis track includes 20 credits of training and experience in bench research. The thesis track can help students be competitive in education, research, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and government careers.

why Choose CHSU?

Located in the heart of Central California, CHSU’s mission is to inspire diverse students from our region to commit to health care careers and develop highly trained, intellectually curious leaders who are empowered to teach, serve, research, innovate, and practice collaboratively.

Our new MSBS Program allows students to boost their academic credentials and develop research and critical thinking acumen for pursuing a career in medicine or other healthcare professions.

The 1-year Non-thesis track offers evening and weekend academic schedule to offer flexibility for working students.

Faculty Support

Students can receive help from our Director of the MSBS Program and faculty during office hours and any other time based on our open-door policy. Our students receive individualized support from tutors, peers, and student affairs that helps them excel academically and be well prepared for future careers.

Student Success Is Our Highest Priority

Student success and progression is our highest priority at the CHSU MSBS Program. Our Promediation program promotes individual student success and accountability, monitoring progress and helping to elevate their knowledge and ensuring success.

Guaranteed interview with CHSU Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Program

CHSU students in the MSBS Program who graduate with a GPA of 3.2 or greater, have an MCAT score of 501 or greater, and meet all admissions requirements will be guaranteed an interview if they apply to the CHSU DO Program through AACOMAS. Admission to the DO program cannot be guaranteed. The Guaranteed Interview Agreement and criteria are valid for up to two (2) years following the on-time graduation of MSBS Track-1 of the program.

Guaranteed interview with CHSU Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Program

To date, 54% of projected graduating students in the MSBS Program Class of 2024 qualify for an interview with the CHSU Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program. 38% of this cohort has been conditionally accepted at the CHSU-COM.


Qualify for

CHSU-COM Interview



accepted to CHSU-COM


  1. Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  2. An overall cumulative and science GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required.
  3. Provide 2 Letters of Recommendation
  4. Satisfactorily complete the prerequisite courses listed below prior to matriculation.
  5. U.S. Citizenship, U.S. Permanent Resident, or DACA Recipient
  6. Optional: Submit MCAT, DAT, or PCAT scores to strengthen your application.


Prerequisite CourseSemester HoursQuarter Hours
Behavioral Sciences*3 credits4
Biology*8 credits12
General or Inorganic Chemistry*8 credits12
Organic Chemistry*8 credits12
Physics*8 credits12
English (e.g. Composition/Literature)*6 credits9
*AP credits are accepted if specified on the transcript

The following requirements apply to all prerequisite coursework:

1. Must Be Taken at Accredited College or University
All prerequisites must be completed at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For international students, please see separate provisions in the Admissions Policy applicable to international coursework.

2. Deadline for Prerequisite Completion
Applicants must complete or plan to complete all prerequisites prior to August 1 preceding enrollment in the MSBS, unless an exception is approved by the Director of MSBS Program. If courses are not complete and shown on transcript at the time of application, please provide a plan for completing them prior to August 1.

3. Letter Grade of C or Better Required
Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” or higher to satisfy completion of each prerequisite course. Grades of “C-”, pass/no pass, credit/no credit will not be accepted. CHSU-MSBS will accept a grade of PASS in a pass/no-pass grading system or CREDIT in a credit/no credit grading system, for courses taken during grading periods affected by COVID restrictions (beginning in Spring 2020).

4. Courses Must Be Taken within nine (9) Years of Enrollment
All applicants must complete all science prerequisite requirements nine (9) years prior to enrollment in the MSBS. Applicants who have taken science prerequisite courses more than nine (9) years ago may be required to repeat that coursework prior to matriculation.

Applicants who wish to have coursework taken more than nine (9) years prior to enrollment count for prerequisite requirements may request that those courses be counted as fulfilling a prerequisite by contacting the MSBS admissions office. Such exceptions are accommodated as per the MSBS admissions policy.

Class Statistics

CHSU-CBHP prides itself on recruiting students who demonstrate superior academic performance and dedication to healthcare. Our diverse student body brings a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and talents to our campus. Learn more about our students!


Average age


average prereq GPA


average overall gpa


average science gpa


Matriculated students


interest in medicine


first generation college students


from california

*Stats from the Class of 2024

Application Procedure and Review Process

The admission process to the graduate program in Biomedical Sciences is not related in any way to the admissions process of any other program at CHSU.

MSBS uses a rolling admissions process in which applications are reviewed and interview decisions are made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle.

Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year opened September 5, 2023. Candidates interested in applying for the 2024-2025 academic year must submit all of the following by the deadline of July 15, 2024, on PostbacCAS:

  • A completed application form submitted through PostbacCAS.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate, graduate, and professional course work.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors, advisors, teachers, or employers who can comment on applicant’s personal character, integrity, and aptitude in science. CHSU prefers that one of these letters come from any faculty member familiar with the student’s academics or research-related work.
  • Optional: Official reports of MCAT/DAT/PCAT test scores taken within the last 3 years.

The MSBS admissions staff will review applications from PostbacCAS for all required materials, which include transcripts, and required letters of recommendation. The copies of qualified applications will be distributed to the members of the Graduate Program Admissions Committee (GAC). The GAC will review the application and will select the applicants for interview. Following the interview, the GAC will perform a holistic review, consider the entire application package and interview performance prior to making a recommendation to the Director of CHSU-MSBS.

Applicants accepted into the Masters Program will receive an acceptance letter signed by the Director of the MSBS Program. Applicants who are offered admission will be provided with additional instructions for securing their seat in the class, including signing an Enrollment Agreement and paying a Seat Deposit. Students lacking one or more of the above courses are encouraged to apply and can be admitted to the program contingent on completion of the prerequisites and with permission of the GAC.

Application Dates & Deadlines

PostbacCAS Application for 2024-2025 Academic Year Opens September 5, 2023
CHSU MSBS Program InterviewsOctober 2023 – July 2024
CHSU MSBS Application DeadlineJuly 15, 2024
CHSU MSBS Program OrientationAugust 12-13, 2024
CHSU MSBS Program Start DateAugust 13, 2024
Dates subject to change based on developing program

Letters of Recommendation

The CHSU MSBS Program requires two letters of recommendation from professors, advisors, teachers, or employers who can comment on applicant’s personal character, integrity, and aptitude in science.

CHSU prefers that one of these letters come from any faculty member familiar with the student’s academics or research-related work.

Additional Letter of Recommendation Criteria

Applicants are responsible for informing evaluators of these requirements when requesting letters.

  • Letters from relatives, spouses, or family friends will not be accepted; authors should be as objective as possible.
  • Letters are also expected to be written on the letterhead of the recommender’s university, company, organization, or practice, with credentials, date, and signature.
  • Letters will only be accepted through PostbacCAS. CHSU does not accept paper letters of recommendation or letters sent directly from the evaluator or applicant via either mail or email.
  • CHSU reserves the right to refuse any letter that is not signed by the evaluator. Digital signatures are acceptable.

CHSU MSBS is not responsible for receipt or processing of materials that do not conform to these guidelines.


Meet the Admissions Team

Sree N. Pattipati, MPharm, PhD

Director, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Professor

Anitha Shenoy, MS, PhD

Assistant Dean of
Student Affairs, Associate Professor

Mikaela Garces

Admissions Coordinator

contact the Admissions team

The CHSU MSBS admissions team is here to ensure you have a place to turn for help during the admission process. When you take the first step on the path toward your career, we are here to guide you.

Main Contact
(559) 325-3600

Related Links

PostbacCAS Application System
MSBS Program Brochure
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Saturday, June 1, 2024 | 1:00-2:00 pm PDT

The Admissions team offers virtual sessions to answer your questions about the CHSU Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program. You will learn:

  • how the MSBS program can aid in boosting your GPA and MCAT scores,
  • how to enhance your application competitiveness for medical or other health profession schools,
  • about our Guaranteed interview with the CHSU Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Program.

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