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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 attending 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 attending 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 requirements for admission?

  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Completion of required undergraduate courses
  • Please note that the Department of Biological Sciences no longer requires or accepts GRE scores for admission
  • Language Proficiency Requirements (international applicants only):
    • TOEFL iBT scores: A minimum score of 16 on each component (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) for admission
      • A minimum of 24 on speaking section in order to be eligible to apply for GTA position
    • OR Total IELTS score of at least 7

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
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of intent

I am interested. How do I apply?

The application fee is:

  • $60 for domestic students
  • $70 for international students
Applications must be submitted online to the Graduate School using the Apply Yourself application system
  • Biographical information
  • Official TOEFL (or IELTS) scores for international applicants (school code: 1005
  • Citizenship Status
  • Official hard copy transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School using the following address:
    • The Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5122
  • Official electronic transcripts from domestic institutions (non-international) may be sent to
  • The Graduate School will accept unofficial transcripts to serve as a place holder until your official transcripts are received. However, you will not be eligible to register or accept your enrollment offer until the Graduate School received your official transcripts.
  • Please note that the Department of Biological Sciences no longer accepts or reviews GRE scores*
    Pay careful attention to the application deadline as late applications will not be accepted or reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Recommendation letters should be submitted through the Apply Yourself application system
    • This system will allow you to log into your online application to track which recommendations have been submitted
    • You can also utilize this system to electronically re-notify any recommenders that have not submitted a letter as well
  • Letter of intent
    • Your letter of intent should be uploaded directly through the online application system
    • All Letters of Intent should provide information regarding both the short-term and long-term career goals of the applicant. In particular, your potential advisor will be interested in why you desire to pursue this degree and how acquisition of this degree will serve to advance you towards your professional goals. Finally, while a Letter of Intent is an important instrument, it is still a personal statement of interest and can appropriately contain any information that the you feel is unique or important about your academic or research experience.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Your CV should be uploaded directly through the online application system
    • At the very least, a CV should include contact information, education, research experience, teaching experience (if applicable), publications, presentations, and references. Other potential categories may include awards, professional affiliations, community or university service, and others.

I have some questions. Whom should I contact?

Dr. Joanna Diller, Program Director:

Dr. Paul Cobine, Biological Sciences Graduate Program Officer:

Mrs. Beverley Childress, Pre-Health Director:

Kirby Norrell, Student Services Coordinator:

What are the application deadlines?

  • Application Deadline: June 1st
  • Only complete application packets considered
  • Applications will not be considered to begin in spring or summer semesters

Am I eligible for financial support?

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

Last Updated: 01/14/2021