MHS Master of Health Science: Gateway to Professional Studies Track

A one-year program focused on building your credentials to compete for admission to a health care-related professional school.

Are you planning to apply, or reapply, for admission to a health care-related professional school?

Our 33-credit Gateway to Professional Studies (GPS) track lets you earn a market-relevant graduate degree while strengthening your credentials to apply for admission to professional school.

The intense, one-year biomedical curriculum prepares you to apply to:

  • medical, dental, pharmacy or veterinary schools
  • other health-care-related professional schools — including dental, chiropractic, podiatric or physical therapy programs of study.

Degree highlights

FDU's GPS degree will enhance your knowledge, improve your application credentials and prepare you for academic success in a challenging professional school environment.

  • Blended online and face-to-face classes at FDU's Florham Campus in Madison, NJ, with a specially priced tuition rate.
  • Builds your knowledge and training in biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, histology, anatomy and physiology, as well as develops your communication skills.
  • Studies also include an 12-credit core that explores the legal, ethical, management and public health issues confronting all aspects of health care.

You will also receive highly personalized support in applying to professional school, including one-on-one help in developing your application and preparing for your interview.

  • Studies also provide career preparation for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including pharmaceutical sales, business and management, regulatory science and science teaching.
  • Faculty may include professors from:
    • FDU's Becton College in biological/allied health, psychology and counseling, and chemistry/ pharmaceutical sciences;
    • the School of Pharmacy;
    • Silberman College of Business; and
    • Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies.

Admission requirements and tuition

Enrollment in this program is currently offered only at FDU's Florham Campus in Madison, NJ. Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis with a recommended deadline of January 15 for the spring semester and August 15 for the fall semester.

Students in the GPS track will be considered for admission based upon several criteria:

For science and non-science majors

A baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the following science coursework is required:

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • General Biology I and II
  • Anatomy and/or Physiology

All applicants

All students will be required to provide a resume or curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation and a personal statement describing their history and life experiences, as well as a description of their reasons for their interest in the program. Interviews may be requested by the department.

Changes in our academic program may occur and would be implemented at the start of a new academic year/fall semester.

Your application package will include:

  • A completed FDU Graduate Admissions Application
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required.
  • Two letters of recommendation, from a professor, employer, or professional in the field familiar with the student's strengths and abilities
  • Personal statement
  • Resume or curriculum vitae

Cost of attendance

This program features a specially-priced tuition. For the current cost of attendance, contact the Florham Campus Office of Enrollment Services at 973-443-8600. Federal Direct Loans are available to qualified applicants. For more information, contact the Florham Campus Office of Financial Aid at 973-443-8700.

To estimate the cost of tuition (not including other fees), please complete the following steps:

  1. Obtain the program's current cost per credit from the Office of Enrollment Services.
  2. Multiply the cost per credit times the total number of credits in the program. (If you start in a semester other than the fall, any tuition increases for the next academic year would applied to your total costs.)


All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

Core Health Science Requirements: 15 credits

  • HSCI6200 Ethics of Health Care Research
  • HSCI6250 Psychology for the Medical Sciences
  • HSCI7302 Epidemiology and Study Design Evaluation
  • HSCI7401 Biostatistics
  • HSCI8806 Project Management
  • Introduction to Health Policy and Systems

Gateway to Professional Studies Track Requirements: 21 credits

  • BIOL6891 Histology
  • BIOL6892 Human Physiology
  • BIOL6893 Human Anatomy
  • CHEM6663 Introductory Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM6685 Pharmacology
  • CHEM6781 Biochemistry for the Medical Sciences
  • CHEM7500 Technical and Scientific Writing

Course Descriptions

Profiles of FDU MHS GPS Graduates

These profiles provide a view of the Master of Health Science Gateway to Professional Studies degree through the eyes of recent graduates.


MHS Grad: MelanieAs a graduate of the Master of Health Science-Gateway to Professional Studies, my experiences have not only strengthened my academic background, but also prepared me for my future career as a Physician Assistant. I have met brilliant people and friends who I am still connected with now. I had the opportunity to challenge myself at a more advanced level and apply that knowledge to the program in which I am currently enrolled. I thank the staff and talented professors for the extensive help and proper preparation they gave to me throughout this program. My favorite part of this program was meeting my classmates. We have all grown so close and supported each other throughout the curriculum; like one big family. I would not change the experience we've had together for the world.

Courses such as biochemistry and histology were challenging but now benefit me in courses that I am currently taking. I learned about how our body functions internally via chemical reactions and how cells function at a microscopic level. Overall, the courses in this master's program apply to so many healthcare fields that you are able to learn about not just one area of medicine, but a plethora of others. One example is pharmacology: the study of various drugs and their side effects will benefit me as a Physician Assistant.

The most important piece of advice I'd like to hand down to future classes is to always give your all in pursuit of your dreams, armed with confidence and a positive mindset.


MHS Grad: NehaThe Master in Health Science program was created to help students enhance their credentials for professional school. In this program, you will have classes that help you prepare for what specialized graduate programs will require of you. It was a well thought out program that is appropriate for anyone interested in going into the fields of occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant and even medical and dental school. My favorite part of this program is the support that I had from one of the program directors, Dr. Melloy. She would always be catching up with us asking us how the program was meeting our expectations. You will meet colleagues who plan on being in different fields than you and the rapport you will establish with them remains throughout the program.