Biomedical sciences

University of Missouri-Columbia
Master of science in biomedical sciences
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You want answers to fundamental questions about human and animal medicine. This 100% online master’s degree in biomedical sciences with an emphasis in biomedical sciences will give you the foundation you need to pursue your passion. The Department of Biomedical Sciences in the nationally-recognized University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine has created this entirely unique non-thesis, multidisciplinary program to offer in-depth training in a convenient format for those considering a future in biomedical research, medicine or teaching. 

The non-thesis MS program can be completed in as few as nine months. While working with faculty whose diverse disciplinary backgrounds provide insight into a variety of cutting-edge research areas, you’ll acquire a strong grasp of core biomedical subjects like physiology, neuroscience and cell biology. 

Upon completion, you can pursue further study or be well-positioned for a career in the veterinary, medical or pharmaceutical industries. You may instead choose to apply for the Department of Biomedical Sciences for the in-person thesis program, which leads to doctoral research and study. No other program in the region combines such convenience with rigorous courses that put you on track for a life devoted to finding answers to the scientific questions that mean the most to you.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of science in biomedical sciences with an emphasis in biomedical sciences


University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Veterinary Medicine

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Graduates of this program will have a strong foundation in the biomedical sciences that creates a variety of opportunities in veterinary research, scholarship and teaching. Many biomedicine students plan to pursue a PhD or medical degree upon graduating. Students are encouraged to discuss possibilities for further study and a research thesis with faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

This degree offers career benefits in many areas, including:

  • Academic research
  • Pharmaceutical industries
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Governmental agencies

Program structure

100% online. No campus visits are required. Students typically take 4 classes in Fall and 2 or more in Spring. Non-thesis students must take 11 credit hours in elective courses in addition to the core requirements.

Course work includes

  • Physiology
  • Cell biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to biomedical science
  • Seminar


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

9-12 months

Typical course load

2-4 courses per semester


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The College of Veterinary Medicine is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.

Faculty spotlight

Kevin Cummings, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Cummings was born and raised in Campbell River, a small town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. He earned his doctorate from the University of Victoria and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Calgary and La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. His laboratory is located at the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, where his program examines how the central nervous system controls breathing, blood pressure and heart rate in wakefulness and sleep. The research findings are shedding new light on how dysfunction within specific neurotransmitter systems in the brain can lead to diseases like hypertension, sleep apnea and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Kevin Cummings, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the College of Veterinary Medicine