Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

MA in Medical Sciences: Benefits



The MA in Medical Sciences degree program is designed to help students enhance their understanding of the biological disciplines that are the intellectual foundation for medical school curricula and to help them develop formal skills in analysis of the biomedical literature and of ethical questions that impact the medical profession.

The program is a good fit for students with a good overall medical school application package who need an additional opportunity to demonstrate their ability to master challenging coursework. Students benefit from instruction from faculty members who are well-respected leaders in pre-medical education. They are also supported and guided by Loyola's highly effective Office of Pre-Health Professions as they progress through the medical school application process. Courses taught for MAMS students at the Stritch School of Medicine may be offered.

Students in the MA in Medical Sciences degree program receive:

  • Rigorous graduate-level coursework in the biological sciences designed to strengthen a student’s preparation for medical school
  • An academic environment that fosters a supportive community among students. Students help each other to enhance their learning outcomes. Additionally, instead of being placed in competition with each other, students are evaluated on the merits of their individual performance
  • Assistance in securing volunteer opportunities that enhance student skills before matriculating to medical school
  • Personal attention from faculty to maximize success in their classes
  • Advising services from the Loyola Pre-Health Professions program in addition to a dedicated MAMS advisor who will work closely with students to optimize their application packages.
  • A guaranteed admission interview at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine for students who achieve a GPA in MAMS of 3.7 or higher and whose most recent MCAT score of 509 (with the confidence band) or 30 or higher for the old MCAT. This statement applies to all students matriculating to the MAMS program for fall 2016 and later years.

Degree Requirements

To receive the MA in Medical Sciences degree, students must complete 24 credit hours in a curriculum drawn each year from the following courses:

  • BIOL 401. Medical Literature and Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • BIOL 405. Advanced Developmental Biology (3 credit hours)
  • BIOL 409. Advanced Genetics (3 credit hours)
  • BIOL 410. Advanced Cell Biology (3 credit hours)
  • BIOL 452. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 credit hours)
  • BIOL 453. Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credit hours)
  • BIOL 454. Vertebrate Reproductive Biology (3 credit hours)
  • BIOL 461. Advanced Neurobiology (3 credit hours)
  • BIOL 466. Advanced Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
  • BIOL 495. Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
  • Special Topics courses depending on availability of faculty experts
  • Please see the Class Schedule for the MAMS classes listed each year. Class Schedules (PDF)

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and an MCAT Score of 25 for old MCAT and 500 with confidence band for new MCAT. Applicants whose qualifications do not meet both of these minimum requirements will not be considered for admission to the MAMS degree program.

Given the rigorous nature of our graduate Biology and Chemistry coursework students are strongly encouraged to have additional Biochemistry, Anatomy, Genetics, Cell Biology and/or Physiology courses as preparation for our program. One year of college level mathematics is required, the most competitive students have completed mathematics through Calculus. Each student’s individual record of academic achievement, clinical preparation, and self assessment will be evaluated by graduate faculty members, and weakness in one or a few areas of preparation will not preclude a positive admissions decision. However incomplete applications slow the review process, thus please maintain close contact with Graduate Professional Enrollment Management gradapp@luc.edu to ensure that your application is complete.

Due to our rolling admissions policy applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their application and enrollment as early in the year as possible to avoid disappointment. In most years 70% of the class is filled by the July 1st application deadline. We know many students on waiting lists for medical schools hope to delay application and enrollment into MAMS for as long as possible, however please understand that when the class fills all outstanding applications are canceled and no further action is taken on them. Only admitted applicants who have enrolled and made tuition deposits are ensured seats in the program.

Note: our final deadline for admitted applicants to accept their admission and enroll in the program is July 15. However, due to the increase of applications for this program each year leads us to strongly encourage highly qualified applicants to complete their applications much sooner than the July deadline to secure their seat.