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The College of Medicine Master of Science in Medical Science Program (MMSP) offers physicians-in-training at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital the opportunity to prepare for research careers in academic medicine through pursuit of a core curriculum, individualized electives and seminars, and a mentored research project.

The program provides an opportunity for promising clinically trained individuals to develop into independent biomedical academicians by facilitating the transition from postdoctoral training to a career as an independent.

A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for completion of the MMS degree. The core requirements for the curriculum are listed below. Each student is allowed to choose courses that meet these individual requirements and are in line with their research interests.

Course Requirements:

  • Core Curriculum
    • Research Methodology or Research Design (3 courses)
    • Statistics (1 course )
    • Ethics (2 courses)
    • Grant Writing or Science Communication (1 course)
    • Electives (optional)
  • Department courses
    • Currently scheduled educational conferences (morning review, conferences, grand rounds)
    • Supervised laboratory research
  • Independent Study – Mentored courses


Program requirements

The minimum undergraduate GPA is a 3.0, and programs also require a 4-year completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.Statement of IntentCurriculum VitaeTranscripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate-level course work3 Letters of ReferenceOfficial GRE scores English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79
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