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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.
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- Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
- High-speed internet access.
Tuition & Fees
|Online Tuition||$629 per credit hour||30 credit hours||$18,870 USD|
|Student Fees||$597 per semester||3 semesters||$1,791 USD|
|Total Program Cost||$21,141 USD|
Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.
Additional costs may include:
- Technology upgrades
Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
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).
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:
- Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
- Select Campus - Online
- Select Intended Program - MS, Comparative Biomedical Sciences (College of Veterinary Medicine) Non-Thesis [MS_CBSC_NT_O]
- Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate's relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program. Submit a biographical sketch describing your experiences and reasons for applying to the Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences program to the department graduate coordinator.
- Résumé or curriculum vita – Submit online to the Graduate School.
- Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission
- Letters of recommendation - Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.
- Fall: July 1
- Fall: April 15
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.
Sample One Year Program
Sample Two Year Program
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