Varies by Term
Fall entry: July 1
Spring entry: November 1
The demand for physicians, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals has never been higher. As competition grows for medical school admissions, students face challenges when it comes to standing out in the crowd. The Master of Arts in Biomedical Studies (MABS) degree serves as an academic enhancement bridge to matriculating in MD, DO, dental, and PA programs. With a curriculum dedicated to professional preparation—including MCAT content—the one-year MABS program at Chatham is the right choice for students looking to boost their credentials for advanced health science degrees.
Fall entry: July 1
Spring entry: November 1
The program can be completed in one year
Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.
We are proud that 90% of our students matriculate in advanced degree programs following graduation.
Students who are admitted conditionally may be required to enroll in the online Harvard HMX Fundamentals courses in immunology, physiology, genetics, and biochemistry prior to starting the program.
Alternatively, we also accept applications completed via PostBacCAS.
Prospective students who have an overall GPA and science GPA close to or higher than 3.0 and have no more than one missing prerequisite are welcome to email an unofficial copy of their transcript for evaluation of their qualifications in advance of applying.
Admissions materials may be submitted to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
BIO516: Advanced Neuroscience
A study of the structure and function of the human central and peripheral nervous system, including vascular components and special senses.
This course covers fundamental principles of immunology with emphasis on molecular and cellular immunology, including antigen and antibody structure and function, effector mechanisms, complement, major histocompatibility complexes, and the cellular basis for the immune response. Three hours of lecture per week.
BIO512L: Advanced Human Gross Anatomy Lab
This course uses human cadavers to facilitate a deeper appreciation for regional gross human anatomic structures. The course is clinically oriented with emphasis on the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, gastrointestinal, cardiopulmonary, urinary and reproductive systems, via regional study of the head/neck, trunk, and upper/lower extremities.
Full Curriculum Coming Soon
The professors at Chatham truly care about your success and try their best to advise and guide you in the right direction for your future careers. My experience at Chatham was crucial to my current success, and I am so thankful for everything that I learned there from the coursework and the people.
—Sabina Spigner, MABS ‘18
Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field.
Biomedical Studies students benefit from our state-of-the-art cadaver lab that provides hands-on-training, education, and preparation in the study of anatomy, disease sites, dissection, and surgical techniques. A number of cadaver lab visits are available for interested students.Schedule a Visit
Students who graduate from the program with a CASPA calculated GPA of 3.25 or higher for both overall and science are guaranteed an admission interview for Chatham’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, if submitting the CASPA application within one year of graduating from the MABS program. Students who maintain a 3.5 GPA in MABS and who qualify for admission to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine are guaranteed an admission interview.
Admitted students who plan to start in the fall term may apply for one of the limited number of assistantships available, typically to provide research assistance, lab assistance, or teaching assistance to undergraduate courses. Graduate assistantships offer funding in the form of tuition remission in the fall and spring terms.Learn More
Looking to start a career in research, science communication, education, healthcare informatics, or government and advocacy? Chatham offers a Master of Science in Biology degree (with or without a thesis option).Learn More
Graduates have gone on to attend schools of medicine at University of Pittsburgh, Howard, LECOM, St. Georges and West Virginia universities; physician assistant studies programs at Chatham University and the University of Pittsburgh; the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. Georges University; and the College of Dentistry at CUNY Queens.
Our faculty and staff can assist you with job shadowing, portfolio preparation, and mock interviews.