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Master of Science in Biology for the Health Professions

For academic record-enhancers: Improve your competitiveness for medical, dental, pharmaceutical, or optometry school with a degree that you can earn online from Illinois Tech, the Midwest’s premiere science and technology institute, in Chicago.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 16 percent growth for dentists, or faster than the average of all jobs, between 2012–2022; 18 percent growth for physicians and surgeons; 24 percent growth for optometrists; and 14 percent growth (average growth) for pharmacists.

But health professions schools are competitive. The Master of Science in Biology for the Health Professions is a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program for academic record-enhancers. It is designed to strengthen you as an applicant for professional health schools, including medicine, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy.

  • This 12-month, non-thesis program accepts Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), Dental Admissions Test (DAT), or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for admission.
  • You may earn the degree on campus or online, part-time or full-time.
  • If you wish to obtain hands-on laboratory experience, you may choose lab classes as electives.
  • Illinois Tech is a major research institution with a long history of educating biology master’s degree students, and preparing students for professional school.

If you have questions, please contact program director Dr. Kathryn Spink, 312-567-3441,

Program Requirements 

The Master of Science in Biology for the Health Professions requires 32 credit hours to complete, with 22 hours of required courses and the remainder elective courses. Up to 9 credit hours of electives may be 400 level courses. No more than 9 credit hours may be non-BIOL courses. Applicants to the program may use DAT, MCAT or GRE scores for admission. GRE scores: Quantitative + Verbal minimum score of 305; Analytical Writing minimum score of 2.5; or DAT minimum score of 17; or MCAT minimum score of 25; with minimum GPA waiver.

Course number Course title Credit hours
BIOL 504 Biochemistry 3
BIOL 515 Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 526 Developmental Biology 3
BIOL 527 Immunology & Immunochemistry 3
BIOL 530 Human Physiology 3
BIOL 542 Advanced Microbiology 3
BIOL 544 Molecular Biology of Cells 3
BIOL 595 Biology Colloquium 1
Total   22
ELECTIVE COURSES (minimum 10 credit hours)
BIOL 431 Animal Physiology Laboratory 3
BIOL 501 Graduate Laboratory Techniques 2
BIOL 503 Virology 3
BIOL 512 Advanced Biochemistry 3
BIOL 514 Toxicology 3
BIOL 524 Science and the Law 2
BIOL 533 Laboratory in Cell & Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 550 Bioinformatics 3
BIOL 555 Macromolecular Structure 3
BIOL 562 Current Topics in Functional Genomics 3
BME 533 Biostatistics  3
CHEM 513 Statistics for Analytical Chemists 3
COM 421 Technical Communication 3
COM 428 Verbal & Visual Communication 3
COM 435 Intercultural Communication 3
COM 523 Communicating Science 3
COM 577 Communication Law & Ethics 3
FST 501 Nutrition, Metabolism & Health 3
PSYC 411 Medical Aspects of Disabling Conditions 3
PSYC 502 Social Bases of Behavior 3
SCI 522 Public Engagement for Scientists 3
Minimum Total    10