Biomedical Studies (MABS)
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Biomedical Studies (MABS) Overview
Varies by Term
Fall entry: July 1
Spring entry: November 1
The program can be completed in one year
Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.
High Success Rate
We are proud that 90% of our students matriculate in advanced degree programs following graduation.
Explore the Master of Arts in Biomedical Studies Program:
- Completed application for admission, including:
- Online application
- Admissions Essay
- Curriculum vita or resume
- Two letters of recommendation (three if GPA is less than 3.0). At least one recommendation must be from an academic source, preferably from a math or science professor.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- Overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and overall science grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale, for all transcripts (undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, and graduate). Admission for students with less than a 3.0 overall and science GPA is rare but possible with clear evidence of improved academic or professional development (e.g. research or work experience, GRE scores, MCAT scores, etc.)
- Possession of a baccalaureate degree in biology or a related field from an accredited college or university. At a minimum, students should have successfully completed the following:
- 1 year introductory biology (with lab)
- 1 year introductory chemistry (with lab)
- 1 semester organic chemistry with lab (2 semesters preferred)
- 1 course in statistics
- 1 additional college-level mathematics course
- 3–4 upper level courses in human biology, biochemistry, or psychobiology.
Students who are admitted conditionally may be required to enroll in the online Harvard HMX Fundamentals courses in immunology, physiology, genetics, and biochemistry prior to starting the program.
Alternatively, we also accept applications completed via PostBacCAS.
Prospective students who have an overall GPA and science GPA close to or higher than 3.0 and have no more than one missing prerequisite are welcome to email an unofficial copy of their transcript for evaluation of their qualifications in advance of applying.
Admissions materials may be submitted to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
The MABS program is linked with three other institutions: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), and Chatham University's Master of Physician Assistant Studies program (MPAS). Students who maintain a 3.5 GPA in MABS and who meet all other admission criteria required of the AACOMAS application are guaranteed an admission interview from WVSOM. For LECOM's guaranteed interview, students must provide recommendations from the MABS program director and the Health Professions Advisor and maintain a cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.2, a cumulative science GPA of 3.0, and a MABS GPA of 3.5, as calculated by AACOMAS. For both WVSOM and LECOM, an MCAT composite score of 500 or above, or an academic index score of at least 115, is also required for the guaranteed interview. For Chatham's MPAS program, MABS students who present a CASPA-calculated GPA of 3.25 for both overall and science are guaranteed an admission interview with the PA program, provided all other admission requirements are satisfied as well. MABS students must submit CASPA no more than one year after graduating from MABS in order to remain eligible for the guaranteed interview.
NOTE: Chatham and other institutions reserve the right to adjust linkages based on changing admission requirements and enrollment trends.
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BIO512L: Advanced Human Gross Anatomy Lab
This course uses human cadavers to facilitate a deeper appreciation for regional gross human anatomic structures. The course is clinically oriented with emphasis on the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, gastrointestinal, cardiopulmonary, urinary and reproductive systems, via regional study of the head/neck, trunk, and upper/lower extremities.
The administration and instructors do a great job in preparing you and are vested in your future success! They were easily accessible and will work with you to accomplish your goal.
— YEVGENIY ZELONDZHEV, MABS ‘20
Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field.
State-of-the-Art Cadaver Lab
Biomedical Studies students benefit from our state-of-the-art cadaver lab that provides hands-on-training, education, and preparation in the study of anatomy, disease sites, dissection, and surgical techniques. A number of cadaver lab visits are available for interested students.Schedule a Visit : Checkerboard 1 - State-of-the-Art Cadaver Lab
Engaging in guided research projects, students have opportunities to learn cutting edge theoretical and practical skills, while exploring interests in human physiology, evolution, microbiology, environmental chemistry, computational modeling, and more. Click the button below to read more about our faculty members' current research topics. We encourage students to identify with a faculty member's research interests first, then to email their graduate admission recruiter to discuss applying.Learn About Research : Checkerboard 2 - Research Opportunities
Help Funding Your Degree
Admitted students who plan to start in the fall term may apply for one of the limited number of assistantships available, typically to provide research assistance, lab assistance, or teaching assistance to undergraduate courses. Graduate assistantships offer funding in the form of tuition remission in the fall and spring terms.View Funding Opportunities : Checkerboard 3 - Help Funding Your Degree
Healthcare Informatics Certificate
By choosing four of the five electives in approved Healthcare Informatics courses, students in the non-thesis track can earn a Healthcare Informatics Certificate in addition to the MS degree.Learn About the Healthcare Informatics Certificate : Checkerboard 4 - Healthcare Informatics Certificate
MS in Biology
Looking to start a career in research, science communication, education, healthcare informatics, or government and advocacy? Chatham offers a Master of Science in Biology degree (with or without a thesis option).Learn About MSBio : Checkerboard 5 - MS in Biology
Graduates have gone on to attend schools of medicine at University of Pittsburgh, Howard, LECOM, St. Georges and West Virginia universities; physician assistant studies programs at Chatham University and the University of Pittsburgh; the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. Georges University; and the College of Dentistry at CUNY Queens.