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Master of Medical Science Degree

If you’re looking to become a stronger applicant to medical or other health professional schools, the University of Vermont’s Master of Medical Science degree is designed for you.

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Program Snapshot

Summer Start Date

May 20, 2024

Fall Start Date

August 26, 2024

How Often

Every Summer, Fall

Learning Format

On Campus, Online

Duration

1 to 2 years

Credential

M.S. in medical science

VA Benefit Eligible

Yes

Scholarships

Yes

Credits

30 credits

Cost Per Credit

Visit Student Financial Services (refer to Standard Costs Per Semester, Rates)

Overview 

Stand Out When You Apply for Medical or Health Professional School

Enhance your academic credentials through an advanced science degree and differentiate yourself when it comes time to apply to medical school—or to veterinary, dental, and other health professional programs. The core curriculum includes courses in anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, human physiology, pharmacology, and biostatistics at UVM’s distinguished Larner College of Medicine. The program is offered both fully online or on-campus with the option to complete the program in 12-months or on a part-time basis.

What sets UVM apart

Customized curriculum & support 

Choose electives you’re passionate about and customize your learning experience to complete the program in as little as one year or up to two years. Your pre-health advisor will guide you every step of the way.

Medical school on campus

Based at a leading academic medical center, teaching hospital, and Level I trauma center, UVM’s Master of Medical Science program is aligned with the UVM Larner College of Medicine.

Linkage agreements

You are guaranteed an interview with the UVM Larner College of Medicine Office of Admissions provided you meet the professional school guidelines and minimum GPA requirement.

Choose to learn online or in person 

The online version of the program benefits from the same faculty expertise and access as the on-campus program. Students form communities with their peers and participate in presentations and workshops geared toward their goals.

Program Outcomes: Upon successful completion of our program you will:

  1. Describe the the anatomical structures and physiological systems that regulate functions of the human body.
  2. Summarize the biochemical and cell signaling pathways that underlie the molecular basis of physiology.
  3. Relate the mechanisms by which changes at the cell and tissue level can affect functions of the major human organ systems.
  4. Integrate the fundamental mechanisms of drug action, pharmacokinetic properties, and adverse effects for pharmacologic agents used in the treatment of human disease.
  5. Apply appropriate statistical methods to evaluate biomedical research results in laboratory and clinical settings.
  6. Communicate and behave in accordance with professional and ethical principles, including but not limited to: altruism, compassion and empathy, accountability and responsibility, excellence and scholarship, duty and service, social responsibility, honor and integrity, respect, and cultural humility.

Admissions 

This program is right for you if you: 

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree and have completed introductory science courses.
    • Two semesters of general biology, general chemistry and physics. One semester of Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry II or Biochemistry. Note: If you are intending to apply to pre-health professional schools, including medical, dental, and physician assistant, labs are required.
  • Lack the required courses for admission to medical school or health professional programs.
  • Are committed to advancing in the field of health and medicine.
  • Want personalized advising and the support of the Larner College of Medicine faculty committed to your success.

Curriculum 

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UVM’s Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree is a 30-credit, on-campus or online program with a cohesive set of courses that form a strong foundation of understanding how the human body works. Program courses include fundamentals of biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, pharmacology, biostatistics and anatomy that prepare our graduates for the rigors of medical school and health professional school curricula. While designed to be completed in 1 year, our flexible curriculum allows for part time study.

Students must complete a comprehensive exam, integrating their knowledge of core course material in a written paper, by the end of their final semester in the program.

Students may contact us directly regarding our linkage opportunities with the Larner College of Medicine.

Master of Medical Science Curriculum 

This course curriculum is 30 credits and designed to enhance students’ academic portfolio and increase their success in the health related fields.

MMS Required CORE Courses (subject to change)FallSpringSummer
BIOC 6001 General Biochemistry IX
MPBP 6010 Human Physiology & PharmacologyX
PHRM 6080 Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology orPHRM 6010 Applied Systems Pharmacology (for online learners)X
BIOC 6002 General Biochemistry IIX
CLBI 6010 Cell BiologyX
Additional Courses RequirementFallSpringSummer
AnatomyANNB 6000 Human Gross Anatomy (on-campus) orX
RAD 6890 Human Anatomy via Radiology (online)X
BiostatisticsPH 6030 Biostatistics I: Applied Research in Public Health orXXX
CTS 6200 Analyze Clinical & Translational ResearchX
CTS 6250 Multi Analysis Clin&Trans ResearchX
MPBP/PHRM 6900 Capstone (optional)
Electives (Common electives listed below)FallSpringSummer
BIOC 6051 Proteins I: Structure & FunctionX
BIOC 6072 Cancer BiologyX
PATH 6280 Techniques in MicroscopyX
NSCI 6020 NeuroscienceXX
PHRM 6050 Milestones in PharmacologyX
Public Health Courses (Online)XXX

Possible Electives

The Larner College of Medicine offers a variety of courses at the graduate level; some on a rotating basis. Please refer to the registrar’s website for up-to-date course offerings: https://www.uvm.edu/registrar.  Below is a non-exhaustive list of electives for consideration (prerequisites listed for any must be met prior to registration)

  • BIOC 6051 Proteins I: Structure and Function
  • BIOC 6072 Cancer Biology
  • CTS 6020 Quality Health Care
  • CTS 6070 Cell to Society I
  • MPBP 6100 Molecular Control of the Cell
  • OBGY 5990 Understanding Human Pregnancy
  • PH 6010 Public Health & Health Policy
  • PH 6020 Epidemiology I
  • PH 6040 Environmental Public Health
  • PH 6050 Policy Org & Financing of Health Care
  • PH 6060 Social & Behavioral Public Health
  • PH 6120 Food Systems & Public Health
  • PH 6180 Improving Health in Population
  • PHRM 6050 Milestones in Pharmacology

Choose the learning style to achieve your goals

On Campus Options

This course flow allows students to complete the MMS degree on-campus in 1 year. Students can take a Gross Anatomy Cadaver course on-campus in the summer term, either at the start or end of the program. sAlternatively, students may fulfill this requirement through an online Radiological Anatomy course taught by the college of medicine faculty.

Summer Fall Spring
ANNB 6000 Anatomy (6 credits) BIOC 6001 General Biochemistry (3 credits) BIOC 6002 General Biochemistry (3 credits)
MPBP 6010 Human Physiology & Pharmacology (4 credits) CLBI 6010 Cell Biology (3 credits)
PHRM 6080 Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology (3 credits) Capstone (2 credits)
Elective OR Biostatistics (3 credits) Elective OR Biostatistics (3 credits)

 

This course flow allows students to complete the MMS degree on-campus in 2 years.

Year 1 Fall Year 1 Spring
PHRM 6080 Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology (3 credits) CLBI 6010 Cell Biology (3 credits)
MPBP 6010 Human Physiology & Pharmacology (4 credits) RAD 6890 Radiological Anatomy (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Year 2 Fall Year 2 Spring
BIOC 6001 General Biochemistry (3 credits) BIOC 6002 General Biochemistry (3 credits)
PH 6030 Biostatistics (3 credits) Capstone (2 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

 

Online Options

Whether you complete our Master of Medical Science program online or on campus, UVM’s high standard of learning and credibility will give you a competitive edge. 

Please note: Students who apply for and enroll in the online Master of Medical Science program can only enroll in online courses; they may not enroll in any in-person courses.

 

Summer Credits Fall Credits Spring Credits
PH 6030 Biostats 3 BIOC 6001 General Biochemistry 3 BIOC 6002 General Biochemistry 3
PH 6180 Improving Health in Populations 3 MPBP 6010 Human Physiology & Pharm 4 CLBI 6010 Cell Biology 3
PHRM 6010 Applied Systems Pharmacology 3 RAD 6890 Radiological Anatomy 3
PH 6020 Epidemiology I 3 Capstone 2
Semester total 6 13 11

 

 

Summer 1 Credits Fall 1 Credits Spring 1 Credits
PH 6030 Biostats 3 MPBP 6010 Human Physiology & Pharm 4 CLBI 6010 Cell Biology 3
PH 6040 Environmental Public Health 3 RAD 6890 Radiological Anatomy 3
Semester total 3 7 6
Summer 2 Credits Fall 2 Credits Spring 2 Credits
PH 6180 Improving Health in Populations 3 BIOC 6001 General Biochemistry 3 BIOC 6002 General Biochemistry 3
PHRM 6010 Applied Systems Pharmacology 3 Capstone 2
Semester total 3 6 5

 

 

Fall 1 Credits Spring 1 Credits
MPBP 6010 Human Physiology & Pharm 4 CLBI 6010 Cell Biology 3
PH 6060 Social & Behavioral Public Health 3 RAD 6890 Radiological Anatomy 3
PH 6030 Biostats 3
Semester total 7 9
Fall 2 Credits Spring 2 Credits
BIOC 6001 General Biochemistry 3 BIOC 6002 General Biochemistry 3
PHRM 6010 Applied Systems Pharmacology 3 Capstone 2
PH 6180 Improving Health in Populations 3
Semester total 6 8

Student Stories 

Administration 

Additional faculty in the College of Medicine interact with the Master of Medical Science graduate students ad hoc, as advisors, during research experiences or in formal classes. You can explore all faculty labs within The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont by visiting the directory or browsing the UVM directory here.

Have questions? Call 802-656-8205 or email mms@uvm.edu today!

Cost 

Tuition, fees, and financial aid information for the Master of Medical Science program is available at the Student Financial Services (SFS) site (refer to Standard Costs Per Semester, Rates). Please note, tuition is the same for both our online and on-campus modalities.

Have questions? Call 802-656-8205, email mms@uvm.edu today or see the FAQ section below.

Dean’s Pathway Scholarship

The MMS program offers a second semester scholarship award, the Dean’s Pathway Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to one recipient and aims to:

  • Foster an environment that appreciates and values an increasingly diverse student body.
  • Increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation of a diverse student body.
  • Develop opportunities for involvement, and leadership in diversity, inclusion and/or social justice initiatives.

For more information, please contact mms@uvm.edu.

After UVM 

We’ll prepare you to successfully gain admission into medical school or health professional school. Here’s a look at where some of our students have gone to complete their Master of Medical Science at UVM. 

  • Brown University
  • Columbia
  • Colorado
  • Dartmouth
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Michigan State University
  • Tufts
  • University of Vermont

Medical school linkage agreement

One of the many benefits of attending UVM is our linkage program with the UVM Larner College of Medicine.  The College provides a guaranteed interview for Master of Medical Science students who meet a certain criteria. For more information on criteria and eligibility, please reach out to mms@uvm.edu.

MCAT Preparation

We work closely with students on their need for MCAT preparation because our goal is to have you as well-prepared as possible.

Additionally, in partnership with Kaplan Test Prep, UVM offers a discounted rate for the MCAT Prep Self-Paced Online course, which is open and available to all UVM students at a rate of $1,080 per student, a significant savings off of Kaplan’s current retail class rate of $1999 per student. Kaplan’s MCAT Prep Self-Paced Online course allows you to prep for the MCAT on the schedule that works best for you. There are many programs you can choose in your MCAT preparation, we can advocate on your behalf for additional discounted rates.

Resources 

FAQ

The Master of Medical Science is an academic enhancer program and a Special Master’s Program (SMP). Qualified candidates are those who have shown promise in the sciences and can complete a challenging curriculum without needing remedial courses. The program is designed for students who may have completed core science prerequisites and need to enhance their academic record for application to medical school.

Our student cohort is a diverse group. Some have recently graduated from undergraduate schools, while others have been working in a career for some time. Many of our students are looking to improve their academic record by demonstrating their intellectual capabilities in a rigorous graduate program. Successful alumni of the MMS program become more competitive applicants to medical schools or other health professional programs.

The cohort is kept small to ensure students have direct faculty support, while learning in an intimate environment. On average, we accept 35 students into each cohort.

Our Post-Bacc Pre-Med program requires 24-37 credits and may be completed in 1-2 years (depending on a student’s preparation before entry). It is designed for career changers who have very few medical school prerequisites, or who completed  prerequisites more than seven years ago. The 30-credit Master of Medical Science program is a one-year program for students who have already completed the basic health professional school prerequisites and need a BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math) GPA enhancer. The Master of Medical Science program is offered online or in person. The Post-Bacc Pre-Med program is a hybrid of online and in-person learning. Both programs provide linkages with the Larner College of Medicine and other health professional schools, a committee letter evaluation, and personal advising.

At the Larner College of Medicine we realize how important your future goals and aspirations are and provide one-on-one and group advising throughout the program. In addition to academic advising, we provide support in the medical school admissions process according to each student’s timeline and goals. Our support does not end once you graduate from the program. We continue to work with alumni to help them reach their career aspirations.

When reviewing applications, we look at each  candidate holistically. We want to know that you are capable of succeeding in our program and can handle a strong science curriculum. We take into account prior academics, experience, letters of recommendations, recent coursework and anything else that helps to demonstrate your character and potential. Standardized test scores are not required, though applicants are highly encouraged to provide previously taken standardized test scores that may help confirm baseline knowledge.

Many students will take a glide year unless they apply to MMS and medical schools at the same time. Most often, our students will apply to medical school after completing the MMS degree.

No, the on-campus curriculum is replicated in the online curriculum with one difference:  Where our online anatomy course is RAD 6890 – Human Anatomy via Radiology; our on-campus anatomy course is ANNB 6000 – Human Gross Anatomy.

The campus is home to the top-ranked University of Vermont Medical Center and Level 1 Trauma Center. You’ll learn in a close-knit environment with the same faculty expertise as the on-campus program. You’ll connect with your cohort online and form a community with your peers, and have virtual access to presentations and workshops happening on campus.

There is no difference in tuition between the online and on-campus version of the program.

No, at this time students who apply for and enroll in the online Master of Medical Science program can not take in-person Master of Medical Science courses. Students who apply for the on-campus Master of Medical Science program are able to take online courses.

One of the unique features of our program is that you’re getting the content that is covered in the MCAT very intensively through your academic courses. Additionally, in partnership with Kaplan Test Prep, UVM offers a discounted rate for the MCAT Prep Self-Paced Online course, which is open and available to all UVM students at a rate of $1080 per student, a significant savings off of Kaplan’s current retail class rate of $1999 per student. Kaplan’s MCAT Prep Self-Paced Online course allows you to prepare for the MCAT on the schedule that works best for you. View the details of the Kaplan MCAT class.

How to Apply

All applications must be completed online through the Graduate College. Please note: Students who apply for and enroll in the online Master of Medical Science program can only enroll in online courses; they may not enroll in any in-person courses. 

Application Deadlines

  • Summer 2024: April 15, 2024
  • Fall 2024: June 1, 2024

Admission Requirements

  • BS or BA from an accredited college or university
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • Two semesters of general biology, general chemistry and physics. One semester of Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry II or Biochemistry. Note:  If you are intending to apply to pre-health professional schools, including medical, dental, and physician assistant, labs are required.
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • UVM Graduate College Application form
  • Standardized test scores are not required. Applicants are highly encouraged to provide previously taken standardized tests as it could affirm baseline knowledge

Application Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • College transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • A CV or résumé
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores for international applicants, and in some cases, applicants whose native or first language is not English
  • Standardized test scores are not required. Applicants are highly encouraged to provide previously taken standardized tests as it could affirm baseline knowledge

Please send all application material to the Graduate College

The Graduate College Admissions Offices

The University of Vermont
330 Waterman Building
Burlington, Vermont 05405-0160
Telephone: (802) 656-2699
Fax: (802) 656-0519
E-mail: graduate.admissions@uvm.edu

Have questions? Call 802-656-8205 or email mms@uvm.edu today!