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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: Feb 1  • Official Transcript showing Bachelor's degree conferred and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Three (3) letters of recommendation
• Personal Statement
• GRE Test Score or GMAT Score

(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: No Admittance
Summer: No Admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.8501
Program Director/Admissions Coordinator:
Elizabeth A. Gockel-Blessing, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM

Requirements for Applicant Admission Consideration

  • Conferral of a bachelor’s degree (health sciences discipline preferred) noted on the student’s official transcript.
  • Submission of an official transcript that contains conferral of a bachelor’s degree and a cumulative GPA of 3.0, or above, on a 4.0 scale.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation specific for MSHS admission consideration from individuals knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic and scholarly activities who can speak to the applicant’s characteristics, strengths, weaknesses and potential success in this rigorous, research-intensive program and projected career path upon graduation. Each letter must be submitted on official institution letterhead with original signature (not electronic) to be considered in the admission decisions process.
  • Submission of a 3-5 page descriptive personal statement addressing:
    • Your interest in the MSHS program
    • Your professional development and educational experience in relation to your pursuit of this master’s degree
    • Past research experiences
    • Areas of research interest
    • Description of your long-term career/life goals
  • Submission of GRE or GMAT Test Score.
  • A course in statistics or biostatistics is strongly recommended.


    After applications have been reviewed by the Admissions Committee, applicant interviews via in-person, phone or Skype will be conducted with those who meet admission requirements. Completion of the interview process is required before being admitted into the program.

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic Requirements

(Learn more about the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE Academic test.)

The MSHS offers degree programs in 16-week terms; strong English language writing, reading, and speaking skills are important to be successful.

All of our international applicants are required to demonstrate their English proficiency, which can be done in any one of the following ways:

  1. 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
  2. 80 on the internet-based TOEFL
  3. 6.5 on the IELTS
  4. 54 on the PTE

International students must submit evidence that they meet MSHS general admissions standards for all students:
Once on campus, international students are required to take the Saint Louis University Writing Evaluation (SLUWE) and score a minimum of a 4+.

International students should visit the Graduate Admission page for International Students web page for further information regarding application and admission requirements.

Application Review Process

Applications are reviewed by the MSHS Admission Committee.

Program Description

Saint Louis University's Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) program is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree, preferably in a health sciences discipline. The MSHS is a 36 credit hour degree program that will equip graduates with the tools and skills necessary to assume a variety of roles in health care that may involve teaching, administrative responsibilities and critical inquiry. It is important to note that this program is not an MCAT preparation course. However, this program provides an excellent foundation for students who are interested in doctoral training. This is a rigorous graduate level research-based degree program. Students will complete a significant research project suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, professional presentation or scholarly equivalent by program completion. The ultimate goal of the program is to advance students' knowledge of health sciences fields and critical inquiry skills.

Credit Hours/Coursework

Students complete 36 hours of coursework in the program. Didactic coursework consists of required classes in Research Design, Biostatistics, Foundation(s) of the Health Care System, and Science and Philosophy. Students take a three-course sequence of Seminar courses that provides students with the tools to examine, evaluate, and present research works. Two elective courses are built into the program to strengthen students' knowledge base and skills to support the research component (students work with their faculty research mentors to identify appropriate elective courses). Students complete a significant research project under the direction of the faculty research mentor.

Program Completion Option

The length of time required to complete the MSHS program is two years (five semesters that includes one summer term).

Program Details

To view the program curriculum, please click here. Students in the program are required to complete all coursework that includes: (1) thesis research project development; (2) written thesis research proposal and oral defense; (3) written final thesis research paper(s) and oral defense and; (4) development and compilation of a student academic portfolio. Students are also required to participate in a non-credit MSHS Student Writing Group fall and spring semesters of each year in the the program.

Example MSHS Research Project Topics

Below is a list of example MSHS research topics submitted by program research faculty mentors from which applicants may select. This list does not represent all of the research topic possibilities. Applicants have the option of proposing a research project on a topic other than those listed. 

  • Acute phase response
  • Bacterial biofilms
  • Behavioral determinants to disease distribution in populations
  • Development and assessment of nontraditional teaching and learning strategies
  • Development of diagnostic testing methods for use in developing countries
  • Epidemiological studies such as examination of disease occurrence in select populations
  • Innate immunity
  • Health outcomes

About the MSHS Program Faculty

The MSHS faculty members are recognized as experts in their respective fields who pursue research and teaching interests in a variety of health sciences disciplines. Faculty members with formal training in a health sciences discipline are licensed and/or certified in their respected fields. Learn more about the faculty.

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Contact Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights:

  • Students are paired with a faculty research mentor who will assist them in the design and implementation of a research project suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, professional presentation, or scholarly equivalent by program completion.
  • Students benefit from working directly with MSHS faculty members who are recognized as experts in their fields and pursue research and teaching interests in a variety of health sciences disciplines. Faculty member with formal training in a health sciences discipline are licensed and/or certified in their respective fields.
  • The program contains 6 credit hours of elective coursework. Students work with their faculty research mentors to select courses pertinent to their research project.
  • The goal of the program is to advance students’ knowledge of health sciences fields and critical inquiry skills.

For more information about the MSHS program, send an email to or call 314-977-2570.

Please Note: Saint Louis University is currently not taking applications for admission to the M.S. in Health Sciences degree program.


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