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Master's Non-Thesis

Overview of the Degree

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) with a Non-Thesis concentration is a degree program designed for students seeking advanced study in biomedical sciences and related subject areas and with a goal to:

  • pursue a professional program of study in one of the various fields of medicine
  • teach in a secondary or community college setting
  • gain advanced learning before moving forward in a field of biomedical-related research. A student must earn a minimum of 36 semester credit hours approved by a faculty committee and successfully complete of a comprehensive final exam administered by the student's faculty committee


Admission Standards

Individuals who have or will earn at least a baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher education before the start of classes for the semester of admission are eligible to apply. Applicants should review the Application Process to ensure all required documents are submitted correctly.

Applicants applying for the non-thesis option master’s program have the option to submit scores other than the GRE. The GRE requirement will be waived if an applicant submits am official score report for a professional program entrance exam (MCAT, DAT, etc.).  Applicants submitting professional program exam scores must ensure they are official scores. Below is an outline of what is required for the most common submitted scores:

  • MCAT- individuals submitting MCAT scores from the Association of American Medical Colleges, will need to ensure that the score report uploaded to the Applicant Information System has a verification code on the report.
  • DAT- individuals submitting DAT scores, will need to have them sent in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions through the American Dental Association. Please check with the ADA to ensure correct guidlines are followed when requesting official scores be sent to Texas A&M University.


Curriculum & Degree Requirements

The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program focuses on an educational experience that prepares students for success in a range of careers where biomedical sciences and related knowledge will be useful. Designed as a pre-professional studies option, the Non-Thesis concentration requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of coursework to graduate. This includes 9 semester credit hours of required courses outlined below and 27 semester credit hours of elective biomedical sciences or related coursework that coincides with the student's professional goals and interests.

The 9 hours of required coursework includes:

  • VIBS 650 (1 hr) - Introduction to Graduate Education in the Veterinary Medicine Environment
  • VTPP 605 (5 hrs) - Physiology I (Fall semesters only)
  • STAT 651 (3 hrs) - Statistics in Research I (offered all semesters)

The remaining coursework will be electives of the student’s choice that form a cohesive knowledge base to prepare students for their futures. Elective courses are often selected from the departments within the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Historically, some students have also included courses from other departments on campus relating to their professional interests. This include Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Health, Management, Neuroscience, Nutrition, Sociology, and Women & Gender Studies among others. Students may also complete prerequisite classes needed to apply for professional school.

Students must file a degree plan with all courses they will be completing towards earning their master’s degree. All courses must be approved by the student's faculty mentor and advisory committee, which the student will form during their first semester, and meet all requirements set forth by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies in the Graduate Catalog. Students must also maintain a GPA of 3.000 for all courses in which a grade is awarded to remain in good academic standing throughout the program. Additionally, students must complete a comprehensive final exam to earn the degree.

As a professional-oriented degree, students cannot enroll in or earn any credit towards the non-thesis degree plan for courses numbered 691. There are additional limitations on the number of hours a student can use towards the degree for specific courses:

  • 684 (Professional Internship) - 4 hours maximum
  • 685 (Directed Studies) - 8 hours maximum
  • 690 (Theory of Research) and 695 (Frontiers in Research) - 3 hours maximum (each)

Any combination of these courses may not exceed 25% (9 hours) of the credits used to complete the degree plan.

Students may also use a maximum of 9 hours of 300 or 400-level courses taken during their enrollment in the non-thesis concentration, provided the courses have been approved by their advisory committee. Students generally utilize this option when completing remaining prerequisites for professional school applications.

The minimum full-time course load for each fall and spring semester is 9 semester credit hours. Students generally complete the program requirements in 4 semesters, however, a small number do complete the program in less time.