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Pre-Professional (Pre-Health) Non-Thesis Master's Program in Biological Sciences

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What do our graduates say about this program?

“I loved Auburn’s pre-professional MS-NT program because of its flexibility. As a reapplicant to medical school, I was able to choose classes that challenged and interested me, as well as prepared me for my pre-clinical years of medical school. The small class size also allowed for unique opportunities in research and student teaching.”

Current medical school student at UAB School of Medicine.

“I had a very good experience with the program. I feel like it really helped me in the interviews and it made a good impression on the schools.

Current dental school student at University of Louisville School of Dentistry.

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Why should I choose this program?

  • Includes 30 hours of graduate-level science and other courses
  • Designed to help applicants applying to dental, medical, optometry, veterinary medicine and other professional programs improve their credentials
  • Tailored to meet your needs based on background, interests and strengths
  • Assistance from Beverley Childress, Auburn's Pre-Health Director ( with shadowing opportunities, admission test preparation, course selection and the application process
  • Access to PPAC (Pre-Professional Advisory Committee) for competitive dental, medical and optometry school applicants desiring a committee letter
  • PPAC acceptance rate into professional schools for competitive applicants approximately 30 points above the national average (nationally about 44% of applicants are accepted)
  • Capped enrollment at 20 students encourages development of a close support network with fellow graduate students and faculty

How do I receive the degree?

  • Take 30 hours of graded graduate-level courses in the biological sciences (6000-7000 level) and other approved courses
  • Take BIOL 7960 Special Problems: Biomedical Sciences Seminar - Prepare and present on medically related topics
  • Submit approved Plan of Study to the graduate school
  • Successfully pass a written comprehensive exam

How long does it take to complete?

This degree is designed to be completed in 2 - 3 semesters.

Is this the same as the Biomedical Sciences Master's Program in the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine?

No, the Pre-Professional (Pre-Health) Non-Thesis Master’s Program is different. It is offered through the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

What are the admission criteria?

What factors does the selection committee use to accept students?

  • Academic performance (e.g. curriculum, GPA and research experience)
  • Letters of recommendation - 3 letters are required
  • GRE and TOEFL (international students) scores
  • Letter of intent should be submitted to Ms. Latoya Freeman ( and should include information about the applicant's personal and professional goals, purpose for requesting admission into the program and desirable attributes that make the applicant a good candidate for the program

I am interested. How do I apply?

Submit an application to the Auburn University Graduate School using Apply Yourself.

The application fee is:

  • $60 for domestic students
  • $70 for international students

Send 3 letters of recommendation directly to the Biology Department ( or submit through Apply Yourself.

Download the Departmental Recommendation form.

I have some questions. Whom should I contact?

Dr. Joanna Diller, Program Director:

Dr. Mary Mendonca, Biological Sciences Graduate Program Officer:

Mrs. Beverley Childress, Pre-Health Director:

Ms. Latoya Freeman, Graduate Program Support Specialist:

What are the application deadlines?

  • Early Application Deadline: May 15 for fall semester enrollment
  • Regular Decision Deadline: July 15 for fall semester enrollment
  • Only complete application packets considered
  • Applications will not be considered to begin in spring or summer semesters

Remember: Your application is NOT complete until the Auburn University Graduate School receives your official transcripts and GRE scores.

Am I eligible for financial support?

For information on financial aid and cost of attendance, please visit the Student Financial Aid website.

Last Updated: 12/14/2017