Use the Duke MBS Program to Open the Doors to Medical School

Duke University School of Medicine offers the Master of Biomedical Sciences degree to help prepare students to be more competitive for medical school. If you’ve already completed your premed requirements then this is the ideal program for you. You can strengthen your academics for medical school or even if you want to pursue a career outside of medicine.

The Duke MBS program includes graduate level coursework in the biological sciences. One aspect that makes Duke uniques is the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) component of the program. Basically, you will learn how to be an EMT which means an added qualification when applying to medical school and a nice way to continue in medicine if you take a year off can still support yourself financially as EMT.

I don’t have to say this but Duke’s reputation in the medical community is second to none. When you apply to medical schools you will certainly turn heads by having a Duke MBS pedigree. Plus, your professors and physicians you encounter will certainly be able to help you navigate the application process to medical school.

Duke Curriculum/Structure

While at Duke you will need to complete 38 credits over the course of this 12 month full-time Master program. 33 of your credits will be already set for you while the remaining five will be optional in how you can complete them. 

Your 5 credits can come in the form of an elective concentration via research and a capstone paper or pursuing elective coursework with permission from instructor/department and your advisor.

Did I mention, Duke operates on a Term basis.

Your first Term begins in July and covers mainly anatomy and EMT course instruction.

Term 1
July - August
Term 2
September - December
Term 3
January - May
Human Structure (anatomy) Cellular Sciences System Sciences (Physiology)
Medical Arts & Sciences Seminar I Medical Arts & Sciences Seminar II Medical Arts & Sciences Seminar III
Enhanced EMT Training Course Enhance EMT Training & Clinicals EMT Clinicals
Journal Club I Jounral Club II
Elective Option Elective Option

Duke MBS Eligibility

Duke’s Master in Biomedical Sciences program is for students who have already completed their premed requirements or prehealth curricula so you’ll definitely need a bachelor’s degree.

The program is unique in that it doesn’t just focus on those pursuing medical school although those who applied and were rejected from medical school this is an ideal program. But if you have interest outside of practicing medicine as a provider Duke is the place for you.

Duke’s MBS will allow you pursue careers where a strong background in biomedical science can be beneficial such as: business, regulatory affairs, journalism, venture capitalism, entrepreneurship.

Admission Requirements

Here’s what you need at a minimum to apply to Duke University School of Medicine’s MBS program:

  • baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • completed premed/prehealth professional school requirements prior to matriculation
  • minimal cumulative GPA of 3.2 in all undegraduate and post baccalaureate coursework
  • US citizen or Permanent Resident status

You’ll find at the graduate level and beyond you’ll be required to submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended, this applies to Duke. Regardless, of whether a degree or certificate was awarded an official transcript must be sent to Duke University’s Master of Biomedical Sciences Program directly.

Letters of evaluation are critical and you will need two letters. It should be noted that the letters of recommendation for medical school will not be accepted. One of your letters must come from a faculty member who can attest to your capacity for academic work at the graduate level. Your remaining writer should be one who can attest to your community, volunteer, research and/or clinical experiences.

Another component of your application will include uploading a current curriculum vitae (CV).

Please note standardized test (e.g. GRE, MCAT, GRE) are not required for admission but if you have taken then the scores must be reported with your application.

Application materials can be sent via US Mail to:

Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences Program

DUMC, Box 3648

Durham, NC 27710


Application cycle opens in November of each year for matriculation into the July Duke MBS incoming class.

Currently there is a $50 application fee.

Leave a Reply

Comment in the box below.