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Medical Sciences (Master of Science)

Gain an in-depth understanding of medical sciences and learn to apply it in an academic or clinical environment through Creighton University’s Master of Science in Medical Sciences program. This 10-month master’s program is ideal for students looking to fill a gap year, as it can lead to the next step in your career as a medical sciences teacher, further graduate study, or a career in a healthcare profession such as medicine or dentistry.

In keeping with the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person, the Master of Science in Medical Sciences program develops students as well-rounded individuals. You’ll be inspired to think critically about pressing topics, engage in conversations about research ethics and spark your creative inquiry. Research at Creighton is mission-driven, making your work part of a larger effort to serve others and create a more just world.

Learn to care for the whole person—in more ways than one

In the MS in Medical Sciences degree program, you’ll take courses in everything from human gross anatomy and neuroanatomy to pathology, surgery, radiology and embryology. Before working as a teaching assistant, you’ll have the opportunity to dissect the human body, attend autopsies and surgeries, and discuss critical scenarios with other students in your cohort.

True to Creighton’s dedication to Ignatian values and the School of Medicine’s mission, students in the medical sciences program learn to care for the whole person from a clinical and service standpoint. In addition to your coursework, you’ll take time to give back to the community through service projects with the local community.

Your professors will work closely with you—guiding your studies and acting as teachers, advisors and mentors throughout your degree and career. All our faculty members teach in the School of Medicine's health professional programs and collaborate and work with students long after they earn their degree.

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Program Details

Program Goals and Curriculum

Creighton’s medical sciences program prepares individuals for careers in education or healthcare professions such as medicine or dentistry. It is also ideal for those who intend to pursue further graduate study or who wish to gain practical teaching experience in clinical anatomy.

To earn this one-year master’s degree in medical sciences, you must complete 34 credit hours:

Semester One (Fall)

  • Foundations of Medicine
  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Microscopic Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Clinical Embryology

Semester Two (Spring)

  • Medical Ethics and Humanities
  • Clinical Rotations
  • Capstone Project
  • Human Neuroanatomy
  • Educational Techniques in Gross Anatomy (and Teaching Practicum)

All graduate students in good academic standing after the first semester in the program will be guaranteed an interview at Creighton University Medical School in March for possible admission in the subsequent fall. Additionally, top graduates of the MS in Medical Sciences program will be eligible to earn scholarships for attending Creighton University School of Medicine. Additional track option is available for current Creighton School of Medicine students. Please see the catalog for further details.


Creighton’s Medical Sciences faculty are experts in a variety of fields, which allows them to personalize programs to individual students’ needs and interests. Their research covers a wide range of structural and functional biology, and they encourage a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach between departments and research partners.

Current Creighton University School of Medicine students may have a path through this curriculum via the MS in Integrated Medical Sciences. Please connect with the student advising office in the School of Medicine to explore this option.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Medical Sciences program, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Complete an application and submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a BS or BA with a strong science component, with 3.0 GPA or higher
    • For graduates with a degree from a non-biology or non-chemistry program, coursework requires an advanced biology course and statistics
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Submit a personal statement that reflects on your motivation for admission to this program
  • Submit three letters of recommendation; two of three letters must be from an assistant, associate or full professor
  • Provide a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score—use code 6121 for this program. Other test scores may be accepted in lieu of the GRE.
  • Be able to meet the Creighton University School of Medicine’s technical standards

Due to the specific features and requirements of this program, international students cannot be admitted. Unique situations may be discussed with your enrollment specialist.

A personal Zoom-based interview will be requested of all highly qualified applicants.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit our financial aid site for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadline and starting date of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an admissions advisor for personalized assistance.





April 15

Applicants are encouraged to submit their completed application early as the application process can take several weeks to complete. Applicants who have applied to the School of Medicine MD program can request to have their file sent to us. Email the School of Medicine Admissions Office for further assistance.

Still Have Questions?

Reach out to a Graduate Enrollment Specialist
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