Master of Science in Medical Sciences Students

Message from the Program Director

Rita Finley, MD

Dr. Rita Finley, PhD

Program Director, MS in Medical Sciences

Welcome to the website for the Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS) degree program at Morehouse School of Medicine! The MSMS program is designed to enhance the credentials of its students for entry into medical school by offering challenging advanced level graduate courses, improving MCAT scores by strengthening critical thinking skills, and providing our students with a supportive, nurturing academic environment. We are excited about our program’s and students’ success and look forward to sharing them with you. Please take the time to browse our website to learn more about what MSMS has to offer!



Program Overview

The MSMS degree program originally started in 2011 as a medical school enhancer post-baccalaureate program. The following year in 2012, the program was converted into 2-year non-thesis based Master’s program geared towards making students more competitive applicants for MD programs. In addition to providing student with a rigorous curriculum and MCAT preparation, the program helps develop an understanding of careers in medicine, provides diverse clinical experiences, improves communication skills through mock interviews and seminars, improves study methods, and assists in improving strategies for developing successful applications to professional health programs.

Since its conception, MSMS has graduated approximately 160 students with more than half completing their MD journey here at Morehouse School of Medicine. We have alumni from our program spread all over the U.S. including Howard University College of Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine, and  Medical College of Georgia to name a few. Our students go on to complete residency training in various specialties such as Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Obstetrics/Gynecology. In 2021, the MSMS program graduated 18 students and had a total of 18 students (14 from our graduating class and 4 from our first-year class) admitted to medical school programs.

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Welcome MSMS Entering class of 2021

We hope that you are as excited about joining the Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS) Program and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Family as we are about having you as our newest members! Congratulations on your acceptance into the MSMS program! Whether you are coming to us from throughout Georgia or across the country, you are joining an interprofessional community of service-oriented scholars aspiring to change lives through education, research, service, and patient care.

2021 MSMS Entering Class

Orientation date

  • Accelerated track: June 3-4, 2021
  • Traditional track: August 4-6, 2021

Start of Classes

  • Accelerated track: June 7, 2021
  • Traditional track: August 9, 2021

General Admission Requirements

  • A 4-year baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from an accredited undergraduate institution in the U.S.
  • Satisfactory completion of C or better in all of the following courses:
    • General Biology w/laboratory (one year)
    • General Chemistry w/laboratory (one year)
    • Organic Chemistry w/laboratory (one year)
    • General Physics w/laboratory (one year)
    • College level Mathematics (one year)
    • English (including composition) (one year)

*** One academic year is equivalent to either two semesters or three quarters***

  • An official transcript from each college or university that has been attended
  • Release of all previous official MCAT scores
  • Evidence of community service and interest in medicine or public health professions careers
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two from undergraduate or graduate science instructors
  • Demonstrated commitment to medicine and service to the underserved

Note: The required prerequisite courses should not be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. An accepted applicant is responsible for completing all prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation in the MSMS degree program. Students who are accepted but have not graduated prior to acceptance to the MSMS degree program, will be denied admission if they fail to successfully complete all required courses, receive their undergraduate degree and maintain a good record of scholastic performance and conduct during the period following acceptance.

Accelerated Track (1-year program)

The MSMS accelerated track program is a one-year science intense version of our traditional MSMS program. The curriculum combines year 1 and year 2 of the traditional track but excludes the public health courses and the culminating project. Students selected for this track will take advance science courses equivalent to the first year of Medical school while also receiving scribe training. Students are not permitted to apply directly to the accelerated track. The MSMS admission committee selects students based on academic merit and interviews.

  • GPA/MCAT Requirements (preferred)
    • GPA: 3.7 on a 4.0 scale
    • BCPM: 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
      • If you need help calculating your BCPM, please use this link.
    • MCAT score: 495
      • MCAT scores must be 3 years old or less.

1-Year Track Curriculum

Summer Fall
Human Gross Anatomy (4 credit hours) Medical Histology I: Tissue and Cells (3 credit hours)
Survey of Medical Terminology (1 credit hours) Introduction to Neurobiology (3 credit hours)
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving I (4 credit hours) Introduction to Neurobiology Lab (2 credit hours)
  Basic Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
  Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
Medical Histology II: Organs and Systems (3 credit hours)  
Biostatistics (3 credit hours)  
Introduction to Medical Pharmacology (3 credit hours)  
Medical Genetics (3 credit hours)  
Introduction to Health Professions: Medical Scribe Training (3 credit hours)  

Traditional Track (2-year program)

The MSMS traditional track program is a two-year master’s program. The traditional track program provides students with advanced science courses, MCAT preparation courses, and service to help strengthen their medical school applications. The traditional track is ideal for students who need a little extra help and time to build their credentials to make themselves a competitive applicant. The curriculum includes advance science courses equivalent to the first year of medical school, the public health courses, and a service related culminating project. Students selected for this track also receive EMT training. Students selected for the traditional track cannot switch to the accelerated version and are strongly discouraged from applying to medical school after a year.

  • GPA/MCAT Requirements (preferred)
    • GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • BCPM: 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
      • If you need help calculating your BCPM, please use this link.
    • MCAT score: 490
      • MCAT scores must be 3 years old or less.  

2-Year Traditional Track Curriculum

Semester 1 Semester 2
MSMS Year 1
Medical Histology I: Tissue and Cells (3 credit hours) Medical Histology II: Organs and Systems (3 credit hours)
Basic Biochemistry (3 credit hours) Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving I (4 credit hours) Critical Thinking and Problem Solving II (3 credit hours)
Introduction to Public Health (3 credit hours) Community Assessment and Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
Survey of Medical Terminology (1 credit hour) Introduction to Health Professions (2 credit hours)
Total: 14 credit hours Total: 14 credit hours
MSMS Year 2
Introduction to Neurobiology (3 credit hours) Introduction to Medical Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
Introduction to Neurobiology Lab (2 credit hours) Medical Genetics (3 credit hours)
Introduction to Medical Microbiology and Immunology (3 credit hours) Culminating Project II: Final Paper (3 credit hours)
Biology of Health and Disease (3 credit hours)  EMT Training (8 credit hours)
Epidemiology (3 credit hours)  
Culminating Project I: Data Skills and Proposal Development (2 credit hours)  
Total: 16 credit hours Total: 9 credit hours
Total program hours: 56 credit hours

Applying to the Program

  • Application Opens
    • October 1
  • Application Deadline
    • April 30
  • Application Fee
    • $50
  • Application Link

Applicant Screening/Interviews

Applications are holistically screened by the admissions committee based on their application package. Upon reviewing the completed applications (i.e., receipt of all official transcripts, standardized test scores and letters of reference) an applicant can be rejected or invited for an interview. Interviews are conducted on rolling basis throughout the application cycles. Qualified MSMS applicants will be invited for a personal interview with the MSMS Admissions Committee. After the interview, all applicants will receive a decision notification within 2-3 weeks from their interview. Applicants who are accepted are requested to respond, in writing, and submit their seat deposit of $100 within two weeks of the acceptance notification.

If you have any questions regarding your application or application materials, please contact Jessica Collier at


Meet our Staff

Please send all program inquiries to or you can reach our staff directly using the contact information below:

Rita Finley, MD

Rita Finley, Ph.D.
Director, Master of Science in Medical Sciences Degree Program
(404) 752-1614

Jaleesa Garth

Jaleesa Garth
Program Manager, Master of Science in Medical Sciences Degree Program
(404) 752-1118

Nakisha Green

Nakisha Green
Administrative Assistant, Master of Science in Medical Sciences Degree Program