Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences 

The Department of Biomedical Sciences 1-year, non-thesis Master of Science program prepares students for professional schools (veterinary, medical, dental, etc.), careers in academia, research, or biotech (pharmaceutical and healthcare) industries. The core curriculum includes 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework focusing on the study of both human and animal sciences. This program is designed to expand upon undergraduate coursework in the science fields. The entire curriculum is designed to be completed in just 9 months, beginning in the fall semester and ending with a final oral examination of the creative component in the spring semester.

Breakdown of where Graduates of the One-Year Master's Program have gone onto after Graduation. PhD programs, DVM programs, DO/MD Programs, DDS Programs, Other Grad Programs, Industry & ResearchOf the 45 Grads in the Industry 44% work in research positions (E.G. Lab Assistant, Research Associate, etc.)


Your Pathway to Opportunities

  • Build a more competitive resume for entrance into professional school
  • Increase career possibilities with a graduate degree
  • Complement your skillset with essential laboratory techniques
  • Obtain necessary credentials to teach in higher education
  • Minimize the cost of graduate school by completing in one year

One-Year Master's Alumni who are becoming Doctors at Des Moines University, pictured is the White Coat Ceremony

Pictured: Five BMS Master's Program Alumni receiving their White Coats at the Des Moines University White Coat Ceremony in Fall 2019, all five began the DO program at DMU in Fall 2019. (From L to R: Jacob Frisbie '18, Hannah Gustafson '19, Jessica Salpor '18, Sam Thomson '18, Ben Isaac '19)

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The Iowa State University Difference

Working with outstanding faculty:

"The growth of our college and the Biomedical Sciences department during the past decade have been remarkable.  The research programs being conducted in the department cover a wide range of topics including fundamental neuroscience, neurotoxicology, immunology, vaccine development, infectious diseases of several types, cell biology, nutrition, development, mechanisms of learning and memory, auditory processing, and aquatic biology."

-  Anumantha Kanthasamy, MS, MPhil, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, W.E. Lloyd Endowed Chair in Neurotoxicology."

Learning in an outstanding environment:

Since 2006, the State of Iowa, Iowa State University and numerous supporters have invested more than $105 million in expanding the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, and renovating classrooms and laboratories, making the college an outstanding environment in which to teach, learn, practice veterinary medicine, and conduct cutting-edge research.


Calie Peterson, One-Year Master's Program Graduate, Current DVM Student at Iowa State, The BMS Master's faculty is great. You learn from respected academics who are also going to be your professors in Iowa State University's DVM program. So establishing these connections earlier in the program has helped me become more comfortable with my professors, which allows me to ask questions carefree and more comfortably