The Biomedical Science & Management (or BSM) program is a Professional Science Master's program that is a separate academic track within each of our six discipline-based basic medical science Master’s programs: biochemistry & molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology & immunology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology.
In the BSM track, students are required to complete 36 academic credits to earn their MS degree. This total includes a minimum of 24 credits from a scientific curriculum of required and elective courses and a minimum of 8 credits from a professional skills curriculum consisting of one required and several elective course options. In addition, students must complete an approved internship at a participating partner company or institution, culminating in a “capstone” report on the focal theme of that internship.
Students in the Biomedical Science & Management (BSM) program matriculate in one of the six basic science Master’s programs. Didactic courses are taken during the regular Graduate School evening sessions in the Fall, Spring or Summer academic terms. Some elective professional skills courses are available through NYMC’s School of Health Sciences and Practice, and some of these are available as online offerings. Students must apply for an internship position at an approved company, agency or institution. The capstone project is either a professional description and critical analysis of the internship project or, if this is precluded by proprietary concerns, a scholarly literature review.
The aim of our Master’s programs is to prepare students for careers in one of our basic medical science disciplines either in academia or in the private or not-for-profit sectors. The BSM track has the same aim, but incorporates new strategies for preparing students for such careers by including: (1) course work related to business, management, communication skills, regulatory affairs and other topics important to career success but not specifically related to the scientific content of the chosen discipline, and (2) an internship experience that will provide practical, hands-on exposure to career opportunities in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or health care industries or related placements in the private sector.
Applicants must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the program, from an accredited U.S. college or university or from a recognized foreign institution. In addition, applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended and two letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals who can attest to the applicant’s abilities, character, motivation, and potential for a career in the biomedical sciences. Although there are no specific admissions criteria with regard to minimum GPA, it is recognized that acceptance into corporate internship programs is a highly competitive process. Therefore, the admissions committees will be seeking candidates with strong academic records and other indicators of high potential for career success in the biomedical field.
NYMC's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is affiliated with the National Professional Science Master's Association (NPSMA), which is comprised of more than 150 academic institutions across the country.