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Biomedical Sciences, M.S.

Create your pathway to a career where you will apply biological research and quantitative analysis to improve people's health

Earn your M.S. in Biomedical Sciences in one-calendar year

Due to developments in modern science, the role of biomedical sciences is expanding and through the University of Saint Joseph you can earn a master's degree that will help you start a career or advance your position in this emerging field of health care. Graduates will have a competitive edge in the job market for scientists that are capable of developing and implementing research projects in pharmaceutical, biotechnological industries as well as health care and academic institutions.

Not only are biomedical scientists trained to discover, develop, and manufacture new therapeutic entities, but they also work with clinicians to improve diagnostics and therapeutics as well as assessing health and economic outcomes. Through the USJ program, students will gain a unique perspective on the myriad sub-disciplines of the biomedical sciences and be able to choose a path that suits their individual professional interests. While students have the option of choosing a thesis or non-thesis plan of study, all students will be in one common cohort that shares their studies through the seminar series and didactic courses within the core curriculum.

The curriculum includes a 19-credit core curriculum common to all four tracks and 12 credits of specialized courses that define the individual tracks. The track specific content will run concurrent with the core curriculum in this year long program. Four specific tracks have been developed: drug design and development, medical genomics, health informatics, and immune regulation. Class format (online, in-person, or hybrid) is specific to each track. The drug design and development track will emphasize laboratory skills development, the other three tracks, taught primarily online, emphasize a specific knowledge base in an innovative discipline of biomedical sciences.

Our master‘s in biomedical sciences program provides academic options designed to better prepare you for the next step in your career. We offer both a thesis and non-thesis option for students to get the most out of their time in the program. Each of these options is designed to build specific parts of your knowledge and your resume.

Program Tracks

Drug Design and Development

The Drug Design and Development track places an emphasis on laboratory science and contains an integrated research based laboratory series that will be delivered longitudinally through three 2-credit laboratory courses conducted on Monday and Wednesday afternoons over the calendar year.


Emphasis is on interdisciplinary relationship while the faculty guide students as they take a pharmaceutical candidate (entity) from its initial developmental synthesis phase through in vitro and in vivo characterization of its safety and efficacy. This will be followed by the assessment of its toxicological profile and the characterization of its pharmacokinetic properties to generate active pharmaceutical ingredient (API).


This track also incorporates elective courses allowing the students to acquire a greater depth of knowledge in the sub-disciplines of their choice. All students in this track will be required to complete four credits of elective courses.

Medical Genomics

The medical genomics track provides an interface between the biomedical and computational sciences. This track will place an emphasis on the application bioinformatics, exploring protein and DNA databases to analyze the molecular basis of disease. In addition to the core curriculum, the courses specific to this track take advantage of a certificate offered through the Biology Department as an online certificate in Integrative Genomics.

Health Informatics

The health informatics track integrates health care with information technology, combining computer science, mathematics and statistics with basic biomedical sciences to facilitate decision making, operation and management of health services systems. In addition to the core curriculum, the courses specific to this track take advantage of a certificate offered through the Mathematics Department as an online certificate in Health Informatics.

Immune Regulation

The immune regulation track investigates the growing role of immune modulators in pharmacotherapy. An emphasis is placed on the activation of the immune system in cancer therapy and the suppression of the immune system in autoimmune disorders. This track incorporates online courses offered by the Departments of Biology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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