Master of Science Degree in Medical Sciences (Non-thesis)

LSU Health Shreveport now offers a newly-developed non-thesis Master of Science degree program in Medical Sciences. This program supports the academic success of students wishing to attend post-baccalaureate medical professional schools - but who may need additional education to become well-prepared learners and successful applicants. 

In our Medical Sciences MS program, you will take gross anatomy with a full cadaver lab, alongside our Allied Health students. Didactic courses in basic science and organ-system physiology will be taken with our graduate students, taught by the faculty who teach similar content to our medical students.  You will also take an Experiential Medical Sciences course - a course specifically designed for the Medical Sciences MS program. In this context you will participate in small-group clinical correlation exercises, join in journal club discussions of recent high-impact biomedical research publications and attend professional development sessions. Additionally, you will shadow our clinical faculty and attend clinically-oriented seminars/grand rounds on the LSUHS campus. To help guide you, each student will have regular meetings with an assigned faculty mentor. 

The Medical Sciences MS program offers a rigorous curriculum that will prepare you for your next step, be it medical, allied health, dental or other similar post-baccalaureate medical professional programs. We look forward to being part of your future success!

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Program Features

  • Non-thesis
  • Completed in 12 months
  • Taught by LSUHS Faculty
  • Gross anatomy with full cadaver lab, basic science and organ-system based didactic courses
  • Team-based, clinical correlation exercises that complement didactic material
  • Shadowing of our clinical Faculty
  • Individualized mentoring by assigned Faculty mentor
  • Professional development guidance


Application Opens: September 2022
Application Closes: April 15, 2023

Gross Anatomy

One of the distinctive aspects of our program is that it offers a full cadaveric dissection laboratory within the gross anatomy course.   This experience will give you a powerful advantage in any post-baccalaureate medical professional program that you may ultimately attend.  




  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution 
  • A minimum undergraduate science and cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Provisional admission may be granted for lower GPAs
  • Successful completion of prerequisites typically needed for application to medical professional schools e.g., advanced level biology, chemistry (general and organic or biochemistry), physics and math (algebra and trigonometry or calculus)                       


The GradCAS 2023 application is now available. You can create your account by going to:

Please note that on GradCAS our graduate programs are listed under Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport.
  • Application fee ($38)
  • Official transcripts from each College/University attended
  • Not required, but if taken, entrance examination scores (MCAT, DAT, PCAT, GRE)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement



Summer 2022

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

LA Resident

$ 4,527.50

$ 5,046.50

$ 5,077.50

Non LA Resident

$ 11,084.88

$ 12,546.50

$ 12,577.50


Semester 1 - Summer: 10 credit hours

MSMS 260

Comprehensive Human Structural Biology (Anatomy)

5 credits

letter grade

MSMS 261

Integrative Structural Biology (Histology)

3 credits

letter grade

MSMS 241

Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Science      

0.5 credit



Experiential Medical Sciences

1 credit


MSMS 250

Epidemiology and Medical Statistics

0.5 credit

letter grade

Semester 2 - Fall: 9.5 hours

MSMS 265

Human Neuroanatomy

2 credits

letter grade

MSMS 110

Basic Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology      

3 credits

letter grade
MSMS 118 Cell Biology and Signaling 3 credits letter grade

MSMS 240

Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Science

0.5 credit



Experiential Medical Sciences

1 credit


Semester 3 - Spring: 11 hours

MSMS 267

Human Developmental Biology (Embryology)

3 credit

letter grade

MSMS 212

Cardiovascular System 1.5 credit

letter grade

MSMS 213

Renal System       

1 credit letter grade
MSMS 214 Respiratory System 1 credit letter grade

MSMS 216

Gastrointestinal System 1 credit letter grade

MSMS 217

Endocrine Systems

1 credit

letter grade
MSMS 218 Nervous System 1.5 credits letter grade
MSMS 290C Experiential Medical Sciences 1 credit S/U

M.S. in Medical Sciences (Non-thesis)