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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

A professional degree focuses on meaningful career development for individuals seeking to advance their expertise in a particular field.

The MBS program does not provide living stipends, research assistantships, or teaching assistantships as might be expected in the average PhD program. While there are limited scholarship options available, in most cases students work while going to school in order to cover their living expenses, and they pay tuition out of pocket.

Students interested in Plan B do not need to contact a faculty member before applying to the program. Sometimes it is useful for students to take a few graduate-level courses and solidify their interests and goals in the MBS program before contacting a mentor. If you are interested in working with a specific mentor and would not be willing to work with anyone else in the university, then it might be worth contacting them ahead of time. Otherwise, there is no need to do so before applying.

Rather than being matched with a mentor, we will support you in taking the initiative to find a mentor on your own. You will select a potential mentor based on mutual interests and ability to work together (schedule overlap, space available in the research lab, etc.). Then you will reach out to the faculty member to inquire about doing a research project in their lab.  We will provide you with guidance on how to approach a potential mentor and can help you draft an inquiry about working with them.

Whether or not an MBS degree can boost your competitiveness for medical or dental school depends on your background and what you would like to add to, or improve in, your applications for those programs. Some ways in which the MBS degree could help enhance your application are:

  1. You have the opportunity to gain research experience, which can help your application stand out. Consider whether the research focus or Plan B option may be right for you.
  2. You will be able to show that you can handle rigorous courses that are similar, in terms of difficulty, to the courses you would be taking in medical or dental school.
  3. You can boost your GPA, which will make you more competitive for medical or dental school.

For example, if you have a lower undergraduate GPA, then achieving a higher GPA through the MBS program would help boost your competitiveness for medical or dental school.

Yes. There are multiple ways in which the MBS program can boost your competitiveness for PhD programs:

  1. You have the opportunity to gain research experience, which is essential for getting into any PhD program. The research focus or Plan B option may be right for you.
  2. You will be able to show that you can handle rigorous courses that are similar, in terms of difficulty, to the courses you would be taking in a PhD program.
  3. You can boost your GPA, which will make you more competitive for PhD programs.

Students need to complete 30 credits within 5 years in order to graduate with an MBS degree. Students taking courses full-time (6 credits per semester) can therefore complete the degree in five semesters. How fast students complete the degree depends on a number of factors. Often, students who are working full-time while taking courses will register for one course per semester (3-4 credits). Based on experience, more than 50% of MBS students will complete their degree in three years.