Biomedical Sciences (MS) – Philadelphia Campus

The PCOM Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences provides an opportunity for students with baccalaureate degrees to study the biomedical sciences as preparation for science careers or further graduate or professional study. All students enter the program as candidates for the master of science degree. The program presents a broad content base in the basic biomedical sciences with a strong emphasis on human medicine and clinical applications during the first academic year, followed by a concentration in the second year.

Degree completion concentrations are offered in several topics at PCOM's campuses, as described later in this catalog. All first year courses are required for the degree, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, or for the certificate of graduate studies for students who choose not to pursue the master's degree. Students who pursue the master's must declare their concentration by the end of their first year.  

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Term 1Hours
BIOM 503 Human Anatomy 6
BIOM 504 Histology 4
 Hours10
Term 2
BIOM 501 Molecular Basis of Medicine 7
BIOM 502 The Infectious Process 3
 Hours10
Term 3
BIOM 505 Neurosciences 3
BIOM 506 Medical Pharmacology 3
BIOM 507 Physiology 3
 Hours9
 Total Hours29

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MS) - All Campuses

All applicants to the Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation. They must also have completed all undergraduate pre-professional science requirements (eight credit hours each of biology and physics) as well as 16 semester hours of chemistry coursework (including labs), four credits of which must be organic chemistry. Biochemistry is strongly recommended. Successful candidates must also show evidence of commitment to a career in the health professions and/or potential for admission to a professional school.

The graduate programs in biomedical sciences utilize a rolling admissions policy. Therefore, applications will be considered throughout the year as received until the desired enrollment has been achieved. Each campus (Philadelphia, Georgia and South Georgia) has a separate application for the biomedical sciences program. The Faculty Committee on Admissions screens the applications, evaluates the applicants and selects the new students. Following the completion of the admissions process, each applicant is notified of the Admission Committee’s decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment. Classes begin in the Fall term.

The online application will be available beginning in the Fall 2021 term at https://explore.pcom.edu/apply/

Once your application has been downloaded by the PCOM Office of Admissions, you will be contacted via email with a confirmation of its receipt including reminders of the appropriate steps to complete the application process.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • A general autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less).
  • One letter of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity and can comment on one's character, work ethic, academic history, scientific acumen, empathy, compassion, resilience, emotional intelligence and commitment.

     Admissions prefers letters from the following sources: 
    • A pre-health or academic advisor/committee (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate programs)
    • Undergraduate, graduate or post-baccalaureate faculty (preferably those who delivered a candidate’s completed science coursework), who can attest to academic performance and aptitude. 
    Candidates who may not have the ability to submit a letter from any of the above sources should select letter writers who know them in a professional capacity and can comment on the applicant's character, work ethic, academic history, scientific acumen, empathy, compassion, resilience, emotional intelligence and commitment to graduate education.
     
    Letters of recommendation can be sent through the PCOM application portal or directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format at recommend@pcom.edu. Recommenders can view our For Recommenders page for guidance.
     
  • Submit official reports of standardized test scores: MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE This requirement will be automatically waived for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on their bachelor's degree granting transcript.
  • If you plan to submit an MCAT score you will need to forward to PCOM a screenshot of a full copy of your MCAT report as a pdf attachment of your AAMC ID number as well as the verification code which can be obtained from AAMC. Self reported scores are not considered official and will not complete an application. All tests must be taken within four years of the desired date of matriculation. For 2022 enrollment, exams taken before August 2018 will not be accepted to complete an applicant record. Please allow at least 15 business days for us to access the AAMC and attempt to manually retrieve the scores.
  • The PCOM GRE institutional code is 2662. The PCOM Georgia GRE institutional code is 4281.

Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to: 

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to admissions@pcom.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. All other admissions documents can be sent to admissions@pcom.edu.

All biomedical sciences graduate program students are accepted as degree candidates and may declare a degree concentration at any time after matriculation.