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School of Medicine Columbia

Admission and Application

Our Master's program provides the academic background and faculty mentorship you'll need to begin a career in biomedical sciences or pursue further research interests in the medical field.


We admit a small number of students each year to ensure that all of our students are placed and matched with the faculty mentor that will help them find and foster their research and educational interests.

You must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent from accredited college or university and at least two semesters of:

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • General chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Math (preferably through calculus)

Other Requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • TOEFL of 100 for non-native English speakers

You can apply to a biomedical sciences graduate program through the USC Graduate School. You'll also be required to submit additional application materials, including a personal statement indicating your research interests, a letter of recommendation, undergraduate transcripts and standardized test scores.

Our program has rolling admission, however we do encourage that you apply for the Master's program by February 1 to obtain full consideration.

Students interested in the thesis track should explore our faculty research topics to get sense of what kinds of research they conduct. Indicate research areas that you are interested in on your application and include the names of any individual faculty you might like to work with in your personal statement. This will help us ensure you can find an appropriate mentor if you are admitted to the program.

While we don’t interview M.S. students, if you would like to visit our campus, please contact us and we’ll be happy to arrange a visit and tour of our campus here in Columbia.


Our application is located on the USC Graduate School website. When applying be sure to indicate that you are applying for the Biomedical Sciences Master's Program.

Applications for the Master's program are taken through the USC Graduate School website and can be found, here.

Your personal statement allows us to get to know you and evaluate whether our program is a good match for you. As you introduce yourself to us, you may want to include statements related to:

  • Previous research and/or clinical experience
  • Publications and presentations you've participated in
  • Career goals
  • How our program will help you attain your goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Official transcripts

Please send any paper copies of materials such as your recommendation letters or personal statement to:

Graduate School
University of South Carolina
1705 College Street
Close-Hipp Suite 552
Columbia, South Carolina 29208

Electronic copies may also be sent to

Once you've completed your application please email us at to let us know you've applied.

If we decline your application, you can request that your application be considered for admission to another graduate program without resubmitting your credentials. You will need to submit a completed Request for Change of Status Form and pay a $15 fee.  


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