The Advantage of a Biomedical Sciences One-Year Non-Thesis Master of Science

Today's job market and placement in professional and graduate programs are highly competitive. Graduates in the health industry often need advanced training to stand out from the crowd.

The coursework of the One-year Non-Thesis Master of Science Program is designed to meet the demands of a wide range of career pathways and make you a more competitive candidate- whether you are preparing for a job, professional school, or a PhD program.  The Non-Thesis Program will allow you to expand your knowledge, boost your credentials, and accelerate your career.  Through this program you will study courses relevant to your career-path to give you the skills you need to succeed and gain hands-on experience in essential laboratory techniques used in the biomedical sciences field.

This two-semester specialized graduate biomedical training will allow you to:
  • Develop technical expertise in laboratory and research procedures
  • Pursue advanced positions with pharmaceutical and biological companies
  • Gain an advantage when applying for advanced medical training and graduate programs
Graduates of the non-thesis program can expect success in many different fields.  The program has also been designed for pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, and pre-veterinary applicants as well as students looking to be more competitive when applying for PhD programs and assistantships.  Industry-bound graduates will be prepared for positions in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and biomedical companies.  Suggested positions for graduates include research and marketing, quality assurance, and health regulation.  Finally, the one-year non-thesis program is ideal for those with desire to teach at the secondary or community-college level.

The Iowa State University Difference

Our program is different.  Only here can you earn your Master of Science degree in one year and gain the hands-on laboratory experience you need to be successful in the health-industry.  We have consulted academia and private-industry to provide students with the skills and knowledge employers, professional programs, and graduate schools are looking for. 

Suggested Majors/Programs

This new graduate program is an ideal complement to the following undergraduate majors/programs:

  • Biology
  • Animal Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Forensics
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Zoology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Animal Ecology
  • Laboratory Science
  • Science Education
  • Engineering
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Dentistry