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Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s School of Graduate Education will soon offer a new way for students to earn their master of biomedical sciences (MBS) degree.

Beginning with the upcoming Fall 2019 semester, students seeking to attend professional school – like medical, dental or optometry – or who wish to gain entry to or advance within a health-related industry can choose to complete their GCSOM MBS degree completely online.

To apply, visit our MBS admissions pages.

Our students learn in an environment created specifically to address the medical and scientific realities of the 21st century – and that environment now includes the digital arena. Geisinger is a pioneer in technologies and techniques ranging from fully integrated electronic health records and care delivered by multidisciplinary teams, to bioinformatics and a unique genomics program. GCSOM’s MBS curriculum – both in the traditional classroom and online -- embraces these advances while meshing them with the age-old philosophy of the life sciences: caring and concern for community. Our curriculum encourages students to take a person-centered approach to problem-solving, and we inspire our learners to meet change with confidence and an open mind.

In addition to the online environment, the GCSOM MBS will continue to be offered in two distinct locations, Scranton and Doylestown. The curriculum at both campuses is identical, but the pace differs. Like the Scranton program, the online degree is earned in 10 to 12 months. In Doylestown, the program is completed in 16 months.

Highlights of the online MBS program include:

  • Personalized advising.
  • An intensive biomedical curriculum that closely models the first year of medical school.
  • Elective courses that encourage students to devise their path to success.
  • Professional identify formation course that helps craft personal statement and curriculum vitae (CV), gain interviewing skills and provide insight from a variety of health professionals regarding career options.
  • Required Princeton Review MCAT Prep Course, or participants may choose to study for the DAT or GRE.
  • Based on meeting established criteria, online MBS students and graduates of the program will be guaranteed an interview for the GCSOM MD program.

Applications are now being accepted. To apply or to learn more, visit our MBS admissions pages.


About Geisinger
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