Prepare for Your Next Step in Health Care

Nova Southeastern University’s Master of Science in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Health Studies, is a 12-month, 30-credit program designed to better prepare graduates of undergraduate science programs for entrance into health or medical professional schools. It offers the opportunity for students to enhance their academic records, improve test scores, and obtain a graduate degree.

The rigorous coursework you’ll take in this program will prepare you for health-related professional schools and health-related employment. NSU’s M.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Health Studies program includes a free Kaplan test preparation course, which allows you to choose the test prep course appropriate to your career goals (e.g., MCAT, DAT, and PCAT).

Guaranteed Interviews

While enrolled in this program, students will have a guaranteed interview with the following programs AFTER having met specific program requirements available from the program office.

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD.)
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)
  • Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)
  • Master of Medical Science (Physician Assistant)
  • Master of Sciences in Anesthesia (Anesthesiologist Assistant)

Get the NSU Edge

Get to know some of our graduates that completed this program and went on to pursue their passions. Our graduates are adept at critical thinking, conducting research, and critiquing evidence-based findings to summarize conclusions. An M.S. in Biological Sciences degree with a concentration in Health Studies from NSU isn't only beneficial, it can give you a competitive edge!


Quick Facts


NSU’s M.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Health Studies is a lock-step program with 30 total credits to complete. You will be required to complete the curriculum in the order set in the curriculum plan.

Start Dates

The M.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Health Studies accepts applications for the summer semester only.  NSU’s Summer term begins in June.

Delivery Options

Classes for the M.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Health Studies are offered at NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus.


Tuition for this degree program is $1,444 per credit hour. Additional graduate program fees apply.

Application Deadline

The Summer 2022 entry deadline is May 2022.

Career Outcomes

Physician Assistants

$115,390 Median Salary Per Year


$118,050 Median Salary Per Year

Physicians and Surgeons

$208,000 Median Salary Per Year

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Biological Sciences - Health Studies Curriculum

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Summer 1 (6 credits)
BCOR 5000
Graduate Seminar (BCOR 5000 / Credits: 3 )
BMHS 5105
Physical Diagnostics Skills (BMHS 5105 / Credits: 3 )
OR ( )
BMHS 5110
Introduction to the Dental Professions (BMHS 5110 / Credits: 3 )
Fall 1 (12 credits)
BMHS 5200
Pathophysiology (BMHS 5200 / Credits: 3 )
BMHS 5300
Pharmacodynamics (BMHS 5300 / Credits: 3 )
BMHS 5400
Advanced Regional Anatomy/Lab (BMHS 5400 / Credits: 3 )
BMHS 5500
Advanced Biochemistry (BMHS 5500 / Credits: 3 )
Winter 1 (12 credits)
BCOR 5150
Immunobiology (BCOR 5150 / Credits: 3 )
BCOR 5350
Principles of Epidemiology (BCOR 5350 / Credits: 3 )
BMHS 5450
Integrated Systems in Health Studies (BMHS 5450 / Credits: 3 )
BMHS 5250
Systems Neuroscience (BMHS 5250 / Credits: 3 )

For specific course requirements, refer to the “M.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Health Studies Program" in NSU's Halmos College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student catalog.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Halmos College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

Admissions Requirements

  1. NSU Graduate Application 
  2. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited academic institution.
  3. Official Transcripts from all educational institutions attended since high school.
  4. Minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for Admission: 3.0
  5. (2) Letters of Recommendation, one coming from an Academic Professor
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is ONLY required for prospective students seeking entry into the Research Concentration
  7. For students seeking entry into the Health Studies Concentration, one of the following standardized tests is highly recommended: MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, GRE.


On Thursday, March 17th at 12:00 PM the Graduate Admissions team and the Department of Biological Sciences will be conducting an interactive Virtual Graduate Open House featuring the Master of Science in Biological Sciences featuring the Health Studies Concentration, Research Concentration, and the Graduate Certificate in Computational Molecular Biology program.

The MSBS program provides students with (2) distinct concentrations. The Health Studies Concentration is designed to prepare students for entrance into highly competitive- health-related professional schools and the Research Concentration prepares students for careers in biology or entry into a Ph.D. program.
The Virtual Open House will allow prospective students to connect with program faculty, engage with current students and alumni, as well as, learn more about application and enrollment requirements from the Graduate Admissions team.

To register for the event please go to:

DOBS Spring Open House

Program Director and Admissions Staff

Deanne Roopnarine, D.P.M.

Program Director
Department of Biological Sciences
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Megan Troy

Assistant Director
Halmos Graduate Admissions
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