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Master's Degrees

SFSU Biology Masters Degrees

Masters in Public Health

Special Masters Degrees

Caveats

 

Enrolling in an MA or MS program requires acceptance into a graduate program, a complicated, competitive process obligating you to complete a 2-3 year curriculum, usually including research and written thesis. Both MA and MS degree programs confer classified graduate student status to their participants. Most SFSU graduate programs have application deadlines of February 1 for admission the following Fall.

 

SFSU Biology Masters Degrees

The Biology Department at SFSU offers a number of masters degree programs suitable for pre-health students (see list below). This route requires investment of considerable time into gaining laboratory research experience.

 

Masters in Public Health

Popular among pre-health students and health profession school graduates is the attainment of a masters degree in Public Health (MPH). Most MPH programs do not require laboratory research. SFSU has its own MPH Program, know for its emphasis on social justice and social activism.

 

Special Masters Degrees

A small number of universities, especially those with a medical school, offer special masters degrees through which participants take highly specialized pre-health course work, including some classes with medical students. Some of these programs offer guaranteed interviews for or admission to their medical school if participants meet appropriate criteria. Special masters programs tend to last for about one year and have quite high tuition. For post-bacs that have completed a large number of upper-division science electives, these programs offer a way to increase their attractiveness to graduate health profession school admission committees.

 

Click here for a list of Special Masters Programs (provided by the UC Davis Advising Services web site).

 

Caveats

Many health profession schools will not allow students offered admission to matriculate if they indicated that they were enrolled in a master's program at the time of application but have not yet completed their master's degree.

 

Many health profession schools discount the grades received in masters programs (due to grade inflation) and greatly prefer that applicants prove their academic abilities through enrollment in upper-division science electives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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