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Program Prerequisites

The following courses should preferably be taken before enrolling in the program. Applicants who have not taken them, however, may still be accepted but must successfully complete them in the first year of the program. The SDSU course numbers are given as a reference, but it is not necessary to take these courses at our university.

Requirement Equivalent SDSU Course Numbers
Calculus or Calculus for Life-Science Majors MATH150-151 or MATH121-122
Data Structures CS310
Organic Chemistry CHEM232
Genetics and Evolution BIOL352

Please note that some of these courses have their own prerequisites, but we only require students to have credit for the courses listed above.

 

Application Checklist

  1. University Online Application via CSU Mentor Must be completed by March 1st.
    • All applicants must fill out an online application on CSU Mentor and pay the required
    • A SDSU RED ID Number will then be assigned which allows tracking of application status
    • Please note that it is not necessary to submit your personal statement as part of your online application. In its place, you may write “statement of purpose sent directly to program office”.
  2. Official test scores and transcripts sent to Graduate Admissions – Must be received by April 1st.
    • GRE (and if applicable, TOEFL) test scores must be sent directly from (Institution Code: 4682)
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
      Send to: Enrollment Services Graduate Admissions Document Processing Unit San Diego State University San Diego, CA 92182-7416
  3. Program Application – Must be completed by April 1st.
    • Complete the program application at Cal State Apply.
    • The BMI graduate program application requires the following items:
      • CV (Curriculum Vitae) — not to exceed two pages
      • Statement of purpose describing your motivating interest in the program, research interests, and educational and professional goals
      • Copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (these do not need to be sent directly from the colleges – photocopies are acceptable)
      • Two letters of recommendation – Applicant must provide names and email addresses for recommenders. Recommenders will be invited to complete the recommendation

 

Additional Information

If you are interested in an industry career path, in addition to the traditional options, the BMI program offers a Professional Science Masters (PSM) option. The PSM option trains students for a fast track to managerial positions in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical/clinical industries. In this option, you learn science content along with business and management skills that are required to lead teams of scientists in the industry. The PSM option replaces the master’s thesis with a project that may or may not involve research. For your information, San Diego is the largest Biotechnology hub and one of the largest pharmaceutical and medical industry hubs in the US. As such, our program is strategically located to place its graduates in one of the most vibrant industries in the world. PSM students typically have an easier time in finding full-time and internship positions in the industry.