College of Medicine

Medical Sciences - Graduate

24

credit hours

thesis option masters's

30

credit hours

non-thesis master's

18

months

to degree completion

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Dr. Melinda Wilson

Director of Graduate Studies

College of Medicine

College of Medicine

UK Medical Center MN 150

Lexington KY, USA 40536-0298

Program website

(859) 323-6161

  • MS

The Master’s of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS) is a broad interdisciplinary degree program housed in the College of Medicine. Participating Departments and Centers include Behavioral Sciences; Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences; Toxicology and Cancer Biology; Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics; Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry; Neuroscience; and Physiology. The MSMS may be used as a stand-alone degree by students seeking career enhancement in fields such as basic biomedical research, the pharmaceutical industry, or the health science professions; by students seeking academic credentials in the biomedical sciences prior to applying for medical school or other health related professional degree programs; or by students seeking to enhance their knowledge base prior to choosing a career direction.

Master's Program Description

The Medical Sciences program encompasses the disciplines of behavioral science; nutritional sciences; toxicology; microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics; molecular and biomedical pharmacology; molecular and cellular biochemistry; neuroscience and physiology. The student, in cooperation with the major professor/thesis advisor and the student’s Advisory Committee, will determine the elective course work in the area of specialization and in related basic sciences.

Master's (MS) Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
    • Include biographical information (name, email, present address, phone number), academic information (current and previous colleges, city/state of colleges attended, dates attended for each college, major in college, overall GPA, GPA in major, degree, year degree conferred, name of college conferring degree), research and work experience (position, employer, location, supervisor, dates of research or work experience).
  • Personal Statement
    • ​Briefly describe any research experience you have had, list academic honors, including fellowships, publications, etc. List any courses in biology, chemistry, or physics that are not on your transcripts and which you expect to complete before enrolling at the University of Kentucky. Please answer the following questions in your personal statement: (1) In one paragraph, describe your educational and career goals for attending graduate school; (2) In one paragraph, describe why you have chosen to apply to this program; (3) If you have already obtained your degree, describe in one paragraph your activities since graduation; (4) Do you consider your academic record is an accurate reflection of your academic potential? If not, please comment.
  • GRE (accept MCAT and/or DAT in lieu of the GRE)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application Deadlines:​
    • ​Spring: August 15 (international applicants), November 1 (domestic applicants)
    • Fall: March 15 (international applicants), June 1 (domestic applicants)

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Admissions Officer Contact Information

Bridget szczapinski (program admissions)

University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Office of Biomedical Education
MS-415 Medical Sciences Building
Lexington, KY 40536-0298
859-218-6745
bridget.szczapinski@uky.edu

Vivian Bowling (graduate school admissions)

201A Gillis Building
859-257-4619
vivian.bowling@uky.edu


Contact

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Dr. Melinda Wilson

Director of Graduate Studies

College of Medicine

College of Medicine

UK Medical Center MN 150

Lexington KY, USA 40536-0298

(859) 323-6161