Biomedical Sciences (MS)


Learn about existing and new approaches to treating disease.

The science and research surrounding human health and disease is becoming more interdisciplinary. In response to this trend, the Biomedical Science MS Program allows students to focus on areas across the biomedical sciences to gain training in human (patho)physiology and the application of existing and potential therapeutic approaches to treating disease. 

The Biomedical Science MS curriculum is particularly appropriate both for those entering as well as those currently employed in the field, including research technicians, clinical laboratory workers, science teachers, and science administrators.

For those currently employed, the program can enhance their performance in a present position or open new employment opportunities and for those already employed in pharmaceutical/biotechnology-related fields, you can take specific courses for advanced training.

The university is strategically located within the Boston-area biomedical and pharmaceutical/biotech industry ecosystem and the MS program provides opportunities for original research experience in department labs and the option to do a literature- or laboratory-based master’s thesis for credit.

Northeastern’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is consistently ranked first in NIH funding among all private U.S. schools of pharmacy.

The program offers opportunities for experiential learning through department and off-campus co-ops and internships, and graduates of the program will be well prepared to enter related PhD programs at the university if they wish to pursue that path.

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Degree type:
MS in Biomedical Science

Study options:
– On ground (Boston Campus)

– Fall semester admissions only
– *Full-time or part-time

Application deadlines:
Jun 1

GRE: Optional

F1 Eligible: Yes

*International students must be full-time only

MS in Biomedical Science


All Master’s programs in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences require a set of core courses taken by every MS student, regardless of program.

In addition, students in each program are required to take a defined set of discipline-specific courses and several general electives. The number of specialized and elective courses differs somewhat among programs. Students are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.000 (B) or higher in all coursework and cover 33 total semester hours.

The MS degree may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis and may include an optional research thesis.

The curriculum includes opportunity for laboratory coursework and instruction in experimental design and data analysis.

International students are required to attend the program on a full-time basis. Students are expected to complete the degree requirements within two years if enrolled on a full-time basis, or within three to five years if enrolled on a part-time basis. 


Internships provide an experiential component of the graduate curriculum that fosters professional development through work in industry and hospitals. In order to participate in an internship, students must:

  • Complete two semesters with a grade-point average of 3.200 or better
  • Be in good academic and professional standing (i.e., have no Professionalism Concern forms filed)
  • Have no instances of academic dishonesty or blocks on enrollment.

Learn more about internships

Sample Curriculum

Sample curriculum, subject to change.

The chart below describes a sequence of courses as taught in the recent past. This chart is not a planning document for what course will be taught in which semester (spring or fall) in the future. For that information, students should consult with their academic advisor or see the university course catalog.

Admissions Requirements


Applicants must have at least two semesters of undergraduate courses (or their equivalent) in each of the following:

Please send all required documents directly to the PharmGrad Application portal.
Here is additional information on how to submit documents.

Note: Applicants with deficiencies in their baccalaureate courses may be admitted to the MS Program and allowed to take undergraduate courses at Northeastern University concurrently with certain graduate courses. Students admitted with deficiencies must remove them within the first year of graduate study.

Admissions Checklist

A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in biology, chemistry, medical technology, pharmacy, chemical engineering or a related field.

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional)

Personal statement of goals and expectations.
Please see application for details.


TOEFL (International Students)

GRE scores are optional

Official transcript from baccalaureate program and all college coursework. Applicants who have degree coursework from institutions outside of the United States must submit a credential evaluation. We require the iCAP WES package (World Education Services, Inc.) that evaluates your transcripts course by course.

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