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Master of Science in Health Sciences

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences


MSHS Program Overview

St. John’s University's Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) is an integrated, multidisciplinary program in the life sciences with focuses on health care and medical research. Offered in an accelerated format, the robust MS in Health Sciences program allows students to complete their degrees in as little as 12 months.

Aiming to produce competitive, well-trained, and socially responsible health science professionals, the MSHS degree program provides you with the knowledge and confidence you need to pursue a challenging health-related career. Through rigorous study, you are well-prepared to continue your studies in medical school, clinical research, or other health professions, such as dentistry, veterinary medicine, and chiropractic medicine.

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Unique Features of St. John’s MS in Health Sciences Program

The Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) program is unique within the New York and tristate area. It offers an alternative pathway toward admission to postbaccalaureate medical professions and health-related research programs. 

Ultimately, the master’s in Health Sciences program empowers a cohort of culturally diverse students who are underrepresented in current medical professions and health-related research. It offers an innovative solution for increasing diversity within the health sciences—which aligns the program goals with St. John’s mission.

Innovative Academic Approach

St. John’s University’s MSHS degree differs from traditional postbaccalaureate “bridge” programs offered at other institutions. Encouraging interdisciplinary study, the program employs a hybrid academic approach to maximize student success. 

This transformative hybrid model includes extensive independent or group study during which students review prerecorded video lectures from medical specialists. After the video lectures, students participate in interactive in-class sessions guided by expert faculty members. In these sessions, utilizing cutting-edge technology to collect student data through classroom polling, professors deliver focused lectures to reinforce the knowledge taught in the prerecorded videos and answer student questions. 

Through this unique educational approach, students can learn in an engaging environment and achieve their academic goals with the assistance of real-time data.

Expanding Career Networks through Academic Partnerships

MSHS students can also benefit from St. John’s University's academic partnership with Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU). This partnership includes an expanding health education and medical career networks with accredited medical schools and other health science-related institutions. Through the connection with PHSU, you are able to maximize your career opportunities and have access to PHSU’s medical school instructors, technology, medical education material, and consultation.

Excellent Preparation for Health-related Professions

Designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, clinical research, and other advanced health professions, the Master of Science in Health Sciences degree program is deeply rooted in medical education and heavily mirrors the first year of a Liaison Committee on Medical Education-accredited medical school. 

With a robust curriculum that can effectively increase your science competencies, the master’s in Health Sciences program comprehensively prepares you for the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) exam or other admission exams, as well as the early years of medical school or other health-care-related programs.

Career Paths with an MSHS Degree

The health care industry is rapidly growing and is filled with exciting career opportunities. After earning a master’s degree in Health Sciences from St. John’s University, you are fully prepared for a wide variety of health-related career pathways including admission to medical school and other clinical academic programs such as veterinary, dental, chiropractic, physician assistant, and more. In addition, the MSHS degree can also help you launch your career in health administration, health education, or clinical research upon graduation. 

Learn more about your career opportunities with a Master of Science degree in Health Sciences.

MS in Health Sciences Program Curriculum

The Master of Science in Health Sciences program employs a 42-credit intensive pre-med curriculum delivered over 12 months (three semesters). Besides the in-depth study in life sciences, students are required to complete a Comprehensive Examination in the last semester of coursework.

Semester I

Gross Anatomy, Embryology, and Imaging9 credits
Physiology I4 credits
Medical Biochemistry I5 credits
Total18 credits

Semester II

Microbiology and Immunology4 credits
Physiology II4 credits
Medical Biochemistry II5 credits
Neuorscience5 credits
Total18 credits

Semester III

Histology and Cell Biology4 credits
Medical Ethics1 credit
Interprofessional Perspectives on Health Disparities1 credit
Comprehensive Exam 
Total6 credits

Degree Requirements

Credits in Semester Hours:      42
Comprehensive Examination:   Required 

Academic Standing

The MSHS Program requires that a student maintain an average of B (GPA+3.0) or better and receive no more than 2 grades below a B. The PHS Department GEPC reviews all files of students whose grade point average falls below 3.0 or who attain a grade below B in any course and/or demonstrate insufficient progress. One grade below "B" places the student on probation. The second grade below a "B" places the student on terminal probation. 

Admission Requirements 

Interested applicants of the MSHS program must hold a bachelor’s degree with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher and submit the following required documents for admission:

  • GRE or MCAT score (may be waived*)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Course prerequisites (see below)

*The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) may be waived if students’ overall bachelor's degree GPA is 3.25 or higher. If the GPA is below 3.25, the GRE or MCAT will not be waived. If the GRE or MCAT® requirement is not waived and you have not taken the MCAT®, it is recommended that you take the GRE for admission.


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2 semesters each with lab 


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Organic Chemistry

2 semesters each with lab 


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6 credits

Psychology/Behavioral Sciences and Social Sciences

6 credits

Recommended prerequisites




1 semester

Tuition & Financial Aid

The tuition for the Master of Science in Health Sciences program is $1,550 per credit. 

St. John’s University also offers generous financial aid and scholarships to help students afford their education. Learn more about our tuition and financial aid opportunities.

MSHS Program Contact

Ashley T. Martino, Ph.D.

Director, MSHS Program

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
[email protected]

Department Contact

Vijaya L. Korlipara, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. Albert Hall, Room 164
[email protected]

Learn More about the Master of Science in Health Sciences Program

Earn your master’s degree in Health Sciences from St. John’s University to get ready for a challenging and rewarding career in health care or admission to medical and other health professional schools. 

Start your application today, or request information to learn more about the MSHS program.