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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 30 credit hours, 16 months

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Does this program require part-time or full-time attendance?

Full-time attendance is suggested. Part-time attendance is possible.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall Early Applicant Deadline: January 15
  • Fall Final Deadline: April 1
  • Spring/Summer: Does not admit

Biomedical Science and Enterprise, M.I.S.

Contact Graduate Admissions
biomedgrad@gsu.edu

The Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (M.I.S.) in Biomedical Science and Enterprise program equips students to enter the biomedical science workforce through its unique interdisciplinary coursework in science, law and business, accompanied by interactive projects, internships and hands-on research experience. In partnership with the nationally ranked J. Mack Robinson College of Business and the College of Law, this innovative program teaches students how to bring biomedical advances to the marketplace, empowering them to make important contributions that could improve human health and save lives.

Students gain a competitive edge by developing the skills sought by employers, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration across disciplines. They are also prepared to work in a number of areas, including biotechnology, pharmaceutics, entrepreneurship, consulting, education, outreach, government and other fields.

Two Tracks, Two Career Experiences

  • Students with strong interest in the business and/or legal aspects of biomedical science may complete the professional track, which will allow them to learn how to contribute to the commercialization of scientific discovery with a strong focus on professional development.
  • Students with a strong interest in research may complete the research track, which will allow for hands-on-wet-lab research experience, mentorship opportunities with world-class scientists and a focus on technical development.

Program Highlights

Customizable Curriculum

This interdisciplinary program is designed to be customizable to each student’s specific short- and long-term academic and career goals. Students complete a required core that introduces the interdisciplinary biomedical science framework.

After completing the required core, students have the opportunity to select targeted elective courses that will provide them the background knowledge necessary to meet their professional goals.

Commercialization Capstone Course

Students in the professional track gain experience with the steps necessary to take a discovery or idea from concept to commercialization.

  • Students conceptualize a novel idea for a product or device they would like to commercialize and assess the novelty of their idea
  • Students interact with guest experts on a wide range of topics necessary to take a discovery or idea from concept to commercialization.
  • Students submit a written plan describing the steps in the commercialization process for their product or device and deliver a 15-minute presentation

Practical Experience

Industry employers are actively seeking graduates who can use theoretical and technical knowledge to generate creative solutions to real-world problems.

Through internships, experiential projects and hands-on research experiences, students in the M.I.S. program are prepared to offer interdisciplinary solutions that will facilitate the scientific commercialization process.

Career Exploration and Networking Opportunities

The biomedical science industry is massive, which means there are many careers that most folks will never know anything about.

  • The curriculum provides students with built-in opportunities to meet and network with industry leaders in various areas of biomedical science.
  • Students learn more about lesser known career paths and have even secured internship opportunities and job offers through these connections.

Program Details

A conferred bachelor’s degree is the only requirement for applicants interested in applying for the master’s program.

Our admissions committee reviews each candidate’s entire application and weighs each piece equally, which we call a holistic review. We don’t eliminate applicants based solely on test scores or GPA. Students with lower GPAs can bolster their application by using their personal statement to explain why they earned the grades they did, including a resume that describes relevant work experience and having stellar recommendation letters.

Because each application undergoes a holistic review, we do not have required minimums.

The average scores for previously accepted masters students are as follows:

Cumulative Undergraduate GPA 3.35
TOEFL Scores 98
IELTS Scores 7.5

For application instructions, application tips and frequently asked questions, visit the M.I.S. How to Apply webpage.

The following materials are required for admission to the M.I.S. in Biomedical Science and Enterprise program.

  • Online Graduate Application
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Transcripts from each college and/or university attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Writing Sample, optional
  • English Proficiency scores, if applicable
  • Course-by-course credential evaluation from an approved NACES member, if applicable

The Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (M.I.S.) in Biomedical Science and Enterprise program requires the completion of at least 30 credit hours of study at the master’s level beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Students will have the opportunity to choose whether to complete a professional track or a research track. Based on the track selected, students will have custom elective and capstone requirements. Students on the professional track will complete elective courses focused on the business and legal aspects of biomedical sciences, an internship and an experiential capstone course. Students on the research track will complete technical science elective courses, conduct research in a faculty member’s lab and complete and defend a master’s thesis.

Visit the catalog for a detailed description of course requirements and options.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State offers a variety of funding opportunities, such as assistantships and fellowships.

The institute provides funding opportunities in the form of merit-based Graduate Research Assistantships. Master’s students are automatically considered for an assistantship after submitting a completed application for admission into the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Cost Calculator

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The goals listed below are the main areas of focus for the M.I.S. in Biomedical Science and Enterprise program.

  • Enable recognition of how successful work across disciplines advances knowledge and solves problems, and develop the ability to conduct interdisciplinary work
  • Enhance critical thinking skills with regard to cross-cutting problems and foster the ability to propose interdisciplinary solutions
  • Increase knowledge of techniques that can be used to enhance creativity
  • Develop strengths in communication, from verbal, written and presentation skills, including ethical conduct and professional dispositions in all settings
  • Encourage sensitivity, understanding, teamwork and leadership among collaborators from diverse backgrounds
  • Promote high-level student and faculty engagement in emerging interdisciplinary topics
  • Create job-ready graduates with professional temperaments appropriate for a smooth interface among relevant fields

Career Outcomes

Career paths available in the biomedical sciences industry are endless. Thanks to the interdisciplinary nature of the industry, graduates have access to positions that run the gamut between technical roles and business/law-oriented roles.

As of Summer 2022, 72% of M.I.S. graduates have secured employment within the biomedical science industry.

  • 54% of graduates entered technical roles (e.g. quality assurance specialists and research technicians)
  • 46% of graduates entered business development and healthcare management related roles (e.g. implementation specialists, brand marketing specialists and consultants)

Other potential career paths include:

  • Business development
  • Consulting
  • Patent agent
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Technology transfer
  • Research management
  • Science communication/writing
  • Scientific sales and marketing
  • Technical (research, quality control, etc.)

Student & Alumni Stories

Miranda BarasSecond Act
With a decade of experience in emergency medical services, Miranda Baras (M.I.S. ’22) is pursuing a new career focused on biotechnology and medical devices and has even launched her own startup medical device company.read more ❯
A portrait of Jennifer Kusovschi.Drive To Succeed
Jennifer Kusovschi (B.S. ’17, M.I.S. ’22) earned a master’s degree in Biomedical Science and Enterprise while participating full time in a research fellowship at the CDC and directing a choir for young women at her church.read more ❯
Jalen Alford presents in his IBMS Master’s program class: Scientific Commercialization Process.The Business of Science
A new course offered in the Biomedical Enterprise master’s program in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences teaches students about scientific commercialization.read more ❯

Contacts

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100 Piedmont Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-5035