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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Medical Sciences (MSG)
with a Concentration in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS)

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Master of Science in Medical Sciences (M.S.M.S.)
CIP Code: 26.9999
College of Medicine (MD)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 32

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
Medical Sciences Department (MED)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue MDC
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Ingrid Bahner
Phone: 813-396-9944


Faculty Search: Medicine Faculty List

Program Information

The program is designed to provide students with advanced training in either Anatomy, Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, or Pharmacology. Students successfully completing the program will have a foundation that will prepare them for a professional degree in biomedical science such as a M.D. or Ph.D. or qualify them to work as teachers or research assistants in academia or in the private sector. The program will provide a solid core of training in the latest findings, concepts, and experimental techniques. Students will be allowed to individualize their training through elective courses and will have the opportunity to conduct laboratory research. The program is intended for students who wish training beyond a baccalaureate degree but do not wish to commit to a Ph.D. program or do not meet the qualifications required for admissions into a M.D. or Ph.D. program.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: June 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • A bachelors degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the sciences
  • GRE or MCAT
  • Completed pre-requisites in:
    • General biology (1 year)
    • General chemistry (1 year)
    • General physics (1 year)
    • Organic chemistry (1 year)
    • Quantitative analysis (1 course)
    • Mathematics including integral and differential calculus

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Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) (minimum)


This concentration within the Master's degree in Medical Sciences program is designed to provide qualified students with advanced training in the sciences basic to the practice of medicine. Students successfully completing the program will have a foundation that fosters opportunities in the private sector, teaching, or the pursuit of further advanced degrees. A goal of this concentration is to provide promising medical school applicants an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that would enable them to have a career in the medical sciences.

Students who perform well during this program could be considered for admission to medical, graduate, or other health professions programs. This concentration provides an opportunity for students interested in graduate work that has a broad medical base. Students will take courses that will provide the same level of depth, breadth and intensity as those taken by a first year medical student. This will allow successful participants to demonstrate their readiness for the rigors of a medical school curriculum. Alternatively, appropriate selection of elective courses will allow any student who completes the program to tailor their educational experience to best suit their future plans and aspirations.

Admission Information:
Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution at the time of entrance into the program. They must have completed at least 1 year each of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biology and General Physics and have achieved a total score of at least 22 on the MCAT. Applicants who are deficient in one or more of these requirements, but otherwise meet the College-wide requirements for admission to the Master's Program may be considered on a case by case basis.

Total Minimum Hours for the MSMS with a concentration in IMS: 31 hours

Program Core Courses:2 hours
GMS 6871 Health Sciences Ethics (2)

Required Concentration Courses:29 hours
GMS 6418 Musculoskeletal System (4)
GMS 6054Cancer Biology (3)
GMS 6003Introduction to Medical Sciences (5)
GMS6707Medical Neuroscience (6)
GMS6411Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems (6)
GMS6419Excretory, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems (6)

Elective Requirements


Students may select elective courses with the approval of the Program Director.

GMS 6110Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Parasite Interactions (3)
GMS 6115Medical Parasitology and Mycology (3)
GMS6141Basic Medical Microbiology and Immunology (3)
GMS7930Selected Topics (1-3)
GMS6908Medical Sciences Independent Study (1-3)

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

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