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Biomedical Sciences MS

Training Leaders in Biomedical Research

The Penn State Biomedical Sciences (BMS) MS Program – with its options in Biochemistry, Genetics, and Genomics, Cancer Biology, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Translational Therapeutics, and Virology and Immunology – is a nationally and internationally recognized interdisciplinary graduate program that provides students curricular and research training with a unique focus on human health and disease.

Students receive rigorous training that provides the skills necessary to excel in biomedical research and participate in other endeavors including business, education, law, journalism, and public policy.

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About the Program

Students in the BMS Graduate Program have the ability to choose among several curricular tracks:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Option in Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics
  • Option in Cancer Biology
  • Option in Cellular and Integrative Physiology
  • Option in Translational Therapeutics
  • Option in Virology and Immunology

The program offers extensive flexibility to tailor curriculum and dissertation research to each individual student’s interests.

Students participate in laboratory research experiences to identify their MS thesis adviser.

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Housing in University Manor apartments is available to Penn State College of Medicine students.

Penn State College of Medicine offers housing in its University Manor East or University Manor West apartments to full-time students, residents, postdoctoral scholars and visiting scholars.

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Hershey, Pa., is known as "The Sweetest Place on Earth."

Penn State College of Medicine's primary campus is located in Hershey, Pa. The area provides numerous diverse and delicious dining experiences, sports, concerts and entertainment, and is a short drive away from the Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, metro areas.

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