Overview

Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Launch your career in health sciences by earning a Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences online. If you are interested in becoming a veterinarian, medical doctor, dentist, or scientist, this non-thesis program can help you chose the right career path and strengthen your candidacy for medical, dental, or veterinary school. 

Offered through the renowned University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, this program emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical research and prepares you for professional school (DV.M., M.D., DDS.) or for careers that involve science but are not based in bench or field research. 

Graduates of this one- to two-year program will understand the basic scientific principles related to medical, veterinary, and biomedical sciences, including anatomy, histology, physiology, pharmacology, immunology, neuroscience, and clinical concepts.

Accreditations

The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

The College of Veterinary Medicine is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.

Cost

Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $645 per credit hour 30 credit hours $19,350 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 3 semesters $1,791 USD
Total Program Cost     $21,141 USD
Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  30 (credit hours)
 
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 

Admissions

Eligible applicants will have earned a bachelor's or other professional degrees in a non-health-related field with some biology background. The admissions requirements include: 

  • Completion of Graduate School application online
  • Official copy of transcripts from all institutions—minimum undergraduate (and prior graduate) GPA of 3.2
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • For international applicants, official TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Current resume
  • No GRE requirement

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applications

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: April 1

International Applications

  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: February 15
Admissions are competitive, thus meeting the minimum requirements may not ensure admission. All completed files are evaluated by program faculty that consists of seven tenure-track and one clinical-track faculty. Applications are evaluated holistically, and recommendations for admissions are based on a composite of the above-mentioned admission requirements. 

Curriculum

The curriculum of the program is interdisciplinary and is designed to provide a broad foundation for students who intend to pursue professional careers in Veterinary or Human Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Research, or Biomedical/Diagnostic Technology. Studies indicate that students who graduate from such programs are better prepared for the professional curriculum.   

Students must complete at least 30 credit hours selected from the courses below.  Preparatory health sciences master's degrees are usually taken in a "gap year" between undergraduate study and professional school, and we anticipate most students will pursue the program full time.  Most students will complete 30 credit hours in a single year (typically 12 hours each in the fall and spring and 6 hours in the summer). Thus, the initial program design anticipates cohorts of students beginning in the Fall and completing the program by the end of the following summer. 

However, other students may wish to complete this program part-time while fully employed elsewhere.  These students may complete the program in 2+ years and a sample program of study for these students is provided below. 

 

Sample One Year Program

Year One

Fall Spring Summer
  • VBDI 6010E - Fundamental Cell Biology

  • VBDI 6020E - Pre-veterinary anatomy or VBDI 6030E - Basic Human Anatomy for the Health Sciences

  • VBDI 6040E - Pre-veterinary/Pre-Medical Histology

  • LAMS 6000E - Foundations of Clinical Medicine I

Total Semester Credits: 12

  • VBDI 6998E - Principles of Endocrine Physiology and Pharmacology

  • VBDI 7010E - Fundamental Immunology

  • VBDI 7020E - Fundamental Pharmacology for Health Professions

  • LAMS 6010E Foundations of Clinical Medicine II

Total Semester Credits: 12

  • VBDI 6050E Neuroscience for the Health Professions

  • LAMS 6020E - Foundations of Clinical Medicine III

Or any one of the following:

  • VBDI 7030E - Laboratory Animals in Research

  • VBDI 7040E - Problems in Biosciences

  • VBDI 7050E - Problems in Anatomy

  • VBDI 7060E - Online Research Communication

Total Semester Credits: 6

 

Sample Two Year Program

Year One

Fall Spring Summer
  • VBDI 6020E - Pre-veterinary Anatomy or VBDI 6030E - Basic Human Anatomy for the Health Sciences

  • VBDI 6040E - Pre-veterinary/Pre-medical Histology

Total Semester Credits: 6

  • VBDI 6010E - Fundamental Cell Biology

  • VBDI 6998E - Principles of Endocrine Physiology and Pharmacology

Total Semester Credits: 6

  • VBDI 7010E - Fundamental Immunology

  OR

  • VBDI 6050E Neuroscience for the Health Professions

Total Semester Credits: 3

Year Two

Fall Spring Summer
  • VBDI 7020E - Fundamental Pharmacology for Health Professions

  • LAMS 6000E - Foundations of Clinical Medicine I

Total Semester Credits: 6

  • LAMS 6010E Foundations of Clinical Medicine II

Any one of the following:

  • VBDI 7030E - Laboratory Animals in Research

  • VBDI 7040E - Problems in Biosciences

  • VBDI 7050E - Problems in Anatomy

  • VBDI 7060E - Online Research Communication

Total Semester Credits: 6

  • LAMS 6020E - Foundations of Clinical Medicine III

Total Semester Credits: 3

News & Events

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Although unemployment in the U.S. continues to rise, critical healthcare professions are in high demand. The outstanding need for healthcare professionals won't disappear once the new Corona virus has been contained. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) described healthcare as the fastest growing field in the United States even prior to the pandemic. Under these new circumstances, the increase in demand for healthcare workers is expected to surge. Healthcare is considered recession-proof and is expected to grow more than any other industry over the next decade.

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Contact Information

Contact the online M.S. Comparative Biomedical Sciences Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.

Email us using the request for information form or call 706-480-8438