Health Sciences | Master of Science Degree (MSHS)
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|Fall: March 1*
*beginning in 2014 the priority application period will be from Dec. 1-March 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 (recommended for fall 2014 admission consideration; this will be required for students applying fall 2015 admission and beyond)
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|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.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0, or above, on a 4.0 scale as noted on 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 and signed (preferably by hand) 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
- Your past research experience(s)
- The topic of research you wish to pursue if accepted into the program1
- Description of your long-term career/life goals
- Recommended for fall 2014 admission consideration: Submission of GRE Test Score; this will be required for students applying for fall 2015 and beyond.
- In alignment with the student’s area of research, the MSHS Program Director will assist the student in the attainment of a Saint Louis University (SLU) Faculty Research Mentor, a requirement for admission.
1A description of research design options and a list of example research topics, along with topic determination instructions are located in the section entitled Application Preparation Process.
Required Additional Application Materials for International Students
A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
The MSHS offers degree programs in16-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:
- 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
- 80 on the internet-based TOEFL
- 6.5 on the IELTS
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.Applicant Preparation Process
Completion of a significant research project is central to completion of the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) degree. Due to the importance of this program component, students must consider possible research project ideas before acceptance into the program. Therefore, the first step in the application preparation process for students interested in pursuing the MSHS is to contact the Program Director Elizabeth A. Gockel-Blessing at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 314.977.8501. The purpose of this initial communication is to identify the student’s research interests, determine how the student might be paired with a SLU faculty research mentor with similar research interests and assist the student in development of his/her personal statement. The student will also be asked at this time to submit his/her transcript indicating all coursework for Program Director evaluation. Student-issued transcripts are acceptable at this stage of the process. Examination of past course work and evaluation of the student’s cumulative GPA then ensues. Based on this review and consideration of the student’s initial areas of research, the student is connected to a potential faculty research mentor with similar research interests. The goals of initial conversations between faculty research mentor and student are to: (1) solidify a potential research topic, (2) determine the best program completion option (one year accelerated or two year) based on the research topic selected and (3) form the foundation for the development of the student’s personal statement. This pairing and subsequent commitment by a faculty research mentor must occur prior to program admission. A description of possible research designs and example topics follows.
Description of a Possible Research Design
Once a research topic is determined and a faculty research mentor is secured, students work with their mentors to determine the specific research study for the MSHS program. Student studies conducted in the program fall into one of three broad research categories. Studies that examine numerical data belong to the quantitative category. Individuals who prefer examining non-numerical data, such as that collected during observations, interviews and document analysis may conduct studies that are qualitative in nature. A mixed study may be performed in instances when examining both numerical and non-numerical data are appropriate. Depending on the specific study, students may collect the data using test subjects/samples with subsequent analysis or they may examine and analyze data collected by others (called secondary data).
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. Applicants must follow the application preparation guidelines detailed above for program admission consideration.
- 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
Application Review Process
Applications are reviewed by the MSHS Admission Committee.
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. Rather, the program is in alignment with the rigor expected of students in graduate level professional programs. The program has the potential to enhance applications to such programs by ways of exposure to directed research. 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.
Students complete 36 hours of coursework in the program. Didactic coursework consists of required classes in Research Design, Biostatistics, Foundation 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. Three 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 one to two years, depends on the research topic and design, and is determined in consultation with a faculty research mentor.
Curricula & Program Details
To view the curricula for both the traditional two-year and one-year accelerated completion options and the MSHS course description, please click here. The program is designed for full time students and requires coursework (required and electives), research, a formal write-up of the research conducted and satisfactory completion of a comprehensive oral examination.
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.
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- Prior to admission, students identify an area of research interest. Students are then 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 9 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.