Master of Science in Medical Research program

Program Description

The Master of Science in Medical Research program provides broadly-based interdisciplinary didactic and research master's level training in medical research for individuals who have professional medical, dental, or pharmaceutical background degrees. It is designed for individuals who wish to expand their basic science research training in preparation for entry into a Ph.D. program; as a mechanism for changing one's research emphasis (e.g., sabbatical training); or as a prerequisite to entry into academic medical, veterinary medical, dental, or pharmacologic careers.

The scope of this program includes basic medical science courses as well as research. Completion of the degree requires an independent research project and thesis.

Letters of inquiry and requests for application materials may be mailed or emailed to the Program Director or completed directly from the Web (see above).


Applications and Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. All application material and fees are to be returned to the MR office. Applicants must have an M.D. or equivalent professional degree in human health care. The program is open only to individuals actively participating in post-graduate professional training in Wayne State University affiliated programs.


Admission is for the Fall and Winter terms only. Only complete applications are considered.

Fall Deadline: April 1 and June 1
Winter Deadline: December 1

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Medical Research is offered only as a Plan A master's program requiring completion of thirty credits, including eight credits in thesis. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the School of Medicine governing graduate scholarships and degrees. Specific requirements include:

  • Elective Courses - Elective credits sufficient to complete the degree requirements must be approved by written consent of the Program Director.
  • Thesis Requirement - MDR 8999 Master's Thesis Research and Direction (8 credits).
  • Plan of Work - A Plan of Work is to be developed and filed with the Program Director or his/her designee. This should be completed a minimum of one semester before the final term in the program.
  • Research Adviser and Committee - Research Adviser and Committee is to be selected with the advice and consent of the Program Director and faculty. The committee is to be composed of three members of the graduate faculty including the thesis adviser who is to serve as the student's academic adviser for the remainder of his/her program.
  • Research Project Selection and Outline - Research Project Selection and Outline is to be filed with the Program Director.
  • Thesis Presentation and Defense - Thesis Presentation and Defense is to be given orally to the Research Committee as the final requirement for the degree. The committee will evaluate the thesis, its presentation and defense, and determine the final grade for MDR 8999.