MS in Biomedical Sciences (MBS) Program

Earn a master’s degree that prepares you to excel in medical or dental school.

Our MBS program is a record enhancer—a special master's degree that prepares students for entrance into medical or dental school.

| Application Deadline for Fall 2022: July 15

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Earn a master’s degree that prepares you to excel in medical or dental school.

Our MBS program is a record enhancer—a special master's degree that prepares students for entrance into medical or dental school.

| Application Deadline for Fall 2022: July 15

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Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Tufts MBS program helps students strengthen their academic credentials before applying to medical, dental, or other health sciences schools. Students have the option of completing the program in one or two years. Our graduates are accepted to some of the nation’s top medical and dental schools. They are prepared to excel as they pursue a career in medicine.

Rigorous Med School Courses

As a Tufts MBS student, you’ll build a strong academic foundation through an intensive curriculum that mirrors a portion of the first year of medical school at Tufts. The Tufts MBS curriculum is specifically designed to prepare you for the rigors of professional schools. 

Required courses include Microbiology, Cell Biology, Medical Histology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Clinical Medicine, Physiology, Nutrition, Human Anatomy, Medical Genetics, Pharmacology, and Basic Human Pathology.

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John Leong, Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Basic Science, and Katya Heldwein, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Basic Science at the Tufts University School of Medicine

World-Class Faculty

We work hard to ensure that the Tufts MBS program fully prepares you for your first year in medical or dental school.

For this reason, courses are taught by award-winning faculty from Tufts University Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine.

Our faculty are active researchers, physicians, and public health practitioners at the top of their fields. They bring a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise to the program. 

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Work with Diverse Communities Beyond the Classroom

Combine your classroom learning with clinical experiences and opportunities to give back to the communities where students work and live:

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Personalized Advising and Mentoring

Acceptance into medical or dental school isn’t easy, but the Tufts MBS program is here to support you every step of the way. Faculty are accessible and ready to help you succeed.

Moreover, students are paired with an experienced pre-professional advisor to mentor you through academics, MCAT/DAT preparation, and the professional school application process. They are here to help you achieve your goals.

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Collaboration, Not Competition

We intentionally designed the program to be collaborative and noncompetitive. Unlike many other programs, you will not be competing against your peers for a limited number of MBS-graduate seats in the Tufts University School of Medicine.

Faculty also support your learning and help reinforce a noncompetitive attitude. The courses are not graded on a curve, and students are not assigned a class rank. We want students to support and feel supported by one another.

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Get the Boost You Need For Med or Dental Schools

The MBS program at Tufts has a proven track record of success—our program has been a launching point for thousands of successful careers.

  • 80+% admit rate to medical school (vs. 7% national average) 
  • 99+% admit rate to dental school (vs. 6% national average)
  • 60% interview rate at Tufts University School of Medicine for the MD program (vs. 10% from general applicant pool)
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Go Further with a Dual Degree

With a dual degree, MBS students the chance to build a wider range of skillsand pursue a more diverse range of career options.

The MBS/MPH program prepares students to work in a public health setting in pharmaceuticals and biotech, medical research, and other health organizations.

The combination of basic science with population health principles puts graduates in a unique position in the clinical and public health work.

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Benefits of Boston

Boston is a bustling medical hub. The Tufts Health Sciences Campus is located in downtown Boston and is home to several of Tufts’ health research and teaching institutions. Boston is internationally renowned for medicine and healthcare. The city houses some of world’s top medical centers, healthcare thought leaders, and life science startups.

The MBS program at Tufts exposes you to organizations and individuals that will broaden your perspectives, deepen your learning experience, and bolster your professional networks. There is no better place than Boston to pursue a career in medicine.

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There is no one mold for what success is. Boston provides innumerable opportunities to volunteer, research, and get clinical exposure in ways that are meaningful to you. Enjoy the path you choose, there will be a chorus of voices cheering you on along the way.

Ramone Brown, MBS22

Connect With Us

To learn more and receive emails about the Tufts MBS program, fill out our form. If you have any questions, please contact us at mbs.admissions@tufts.edu—we are always happy to hear from you!

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Admissions Events

Information sessions and webinars provide an overview of the MBS program, degree prerequisites, and the admissions process and requirements. Calendar is updated when the application opens in October.

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