Master of Science Catalog
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Master of Science (MS)
Generally policies will follow existing LMU policies for master's degree programs with differences noted for this degree program. Any specific differences among the three degree tracks of this Master’s degree will be included in the Master of Science Graduate Catalog. Operational guidance to students will also be provided in a Master of Science Handbook.
Students wishing to enter the Masters of Science program must have a completed Bachelor’s Degree from an institution with regional accreditation or equivalent verification in the case of international degrees. International degrees must follow university policies in existence for certifying international degrees and/or credit.
Required minimum undergraduate course work in the natural sciences and mathematics:
- Mathematics: 6 credit hours at the College Algebra level or higher
- Biological Sciences: 16 credit hours with labs
- Chemistry: 16 credit hours including 8 credits of Organic Chemistry & labs
- Physics: 8 credit hours of algebra or calculus based with labs
Standard Test Scores & Grades
- Minimum MCAT score of 22 or GRE with minimum scaled score of 300 (verbal + equivalent) with a minimum of 4.0 analytical writing
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Science GPA of 3.0
- Minimum MCAT score of 20
- Cumulative GPA of 2.75
- Minimum science GPA of 3.0
Letters of Evaluation
For the Biomedical Professions major program, two letters of evaluation from the applicant’s college instructors or one committee letter from a health professions advisory committee are required. At least one letter MUST be from a natural science instructor. Letters of evaluation should address the candidate’s commitment to a medical career, level of maturity and professionalism and ability to balance academics and other responsibilities.
For the Anatomical Sciences and Life Science Research majors, two letters should be submitted. These letters need to address the following aspects regarding the prospective student:
- Creativity and innovativeness
- Ability to initiate activities and work independently
- Any previous research experience
Admissions Requirements and Standards
Completed bachelor degree from an institution with regional accreditation or equivalent verification in the case of international degrees - international degree must follow university policies in existence for certifying international degrees and/or credit.
Required undergraduate course work in the natural sciences and mathematics:
6 credit hours at the College Algebra level or higher including Probability & Statistics
16 credit hours with labs including Microbiology, Invertebrate Biology, Botany, and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology
12 credit hours including Biochemistry and 8 credits of Organic Chemistry and labs
8 credit hours of algebra- or calculus-based physics with labs – Physics I and Physics II
Note: For Initial Teacher Licensure, the student must have a combined 48 credit hours in biology course work with includes at least 12 credits of chemistry. The tuition fee is $399 per credit hour
Two copies of official transcripts must be submitted for all post-secondary academic work. Standard Test Scores and Grades
Transfer credit – a maximum of relevant 6 graduate credits by approval only of the program-specific Master of Science Admissions Committee
Cumulative GPA of 2.75 minimum; science GPA of 3.00
GRE Scoring Requirements
- Verbal - 144 minimum
- Quantitative – 150 minimum
- Writing – 3.5 minimum
- Two letters from educators addressing the applicant’s potential as a science educator
- One letter from a science instructor