Question 1: When are applications due?
Applications must be received on or before the February 1 deadline. You are encouraged to apply early.
Question 2: Is there an advantage to applying early?
Definitely, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. As such offers for interview and admissions are made continuously through the application cycle. Submitting all required documents early in the application cycle is of considerable advantage.
Question 3: Will my file be reviewed if you have not received my letters and/or transcripts?
No. All required application documents must be received before we can process your application.
Question 4: Is a college degree required for admission?
Yes, either a BA or BS degree with a strong science component covering the prerequisites from an accredited US institution must be awarded prior to matriculation into the MSMS program.
Question 5: Is there a minimum GPA required for admission?
Yes, a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 is required.
Question 6: Do I need to take an admissions entrance exam to apply to the program?
Yes. Please refer to the table below:
|Professional Goal||Test Score Required||Centralized Application Service (optional)|
|Pre-medical||MCAT (within the last 3 years)||AACOMAS or AMCAS application|
|Pre-dental||DAT(within the last 3 years)||AADSAS|
|Pre-optometry||OAT (within the last 2 years)||OPTOMCAS|
|Pre-podiatry||MCAT (within the last 3 years)||AACOMAS|
|Pre-pharmacy||PCAT, HSRT or GRE (general)||PHARMCAS|
|Pre-physician assistant||GRE (general, within the last 5 years)||CASPA|
|Pre-physical therapy||GRE (general, within the last 5 years)||PTCAS|
|Pre-MSNE (graduate Nursing)||GRE (general, within the last 2 years)||NURSINGCAS|
Question 7: What score(s) do I need to be considered for admission to the program?
There are no set criteria for admittance; the most qualified applicants will be selected. Linkages, however, may have minimum requirements for consideration.
Question 8: Can I transfer from another graduate program?
Unfortunately, no. The MSMS program does not accept transfer students.
Question 9: Can I transfer credits from another graduate program?
The MSMS program generally does not accept transfer coursework.
Question 10: Is there an application fee? If so, how much is the application fee?
Yes, there is a non-refundable $50.00 application fee.
Question 11: Is there an advantage to being an in-state applicant?
No, all students are considered on the basis of their ability to complete the program.
Question 12: What types of letters of recommendation are required?
Three letters of recommendation are required. They can be submitted using your college's committee letter writing service, Interfolio or Virtual Evaluations. You should choose individuals who are not related to you and who are familiar with your scholarship, health care service and/or research potential. One letter must be from a science faculty member and the other two can be from additional science, non-science faculty, healthcare professional for whom you have worked or volunteered and/or an employer or supervisor.
Question 13: Do you accept virtual evaluations?
Yes, we will accept evaluations from VirtualEvals and Interfolio.
Question 14: Do you accept international students?
Question 1: What if I cannot remember my Login ID or PIN?
Send an email to EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, program you applied for, mailing address, phone number and birth date.
Question 2: What if I am locked out of my account?
Send an email to EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for.
Question 3: What is the difference between "Applications in Progress" and "Processed Applications"?
The Application Menu can have up to three sections:
- Applications in Progress: If you wish to create a new application, click "NEW". If you started an application and didn't complete it, click on the appropriate term in this section.
- Submitted Applications: Applications listed here have not been entered by Enrollment Data Services (EDS). This could take 1-2 business days after you "Complete" your application. If your application has not moved to "Processed Applications" after 2 business days, please contact EDS at EDS@westernu.edu
- Processed Applications: Check your application status and view outstanding requirements, by clicking on the term in this section. Status updates can take 5-7 business days after receipt of application materials.
Question 4: How do I check my application status online?
Login to the "Admissions Application/View Application Checklist Login" web page using the Login ID and PIN you created with your application. Under "Processed Applications" click the Admission Term. Check Application Status; if "Incomplete", check for missing dates under Received column. Please keep in mind that it can take 5 to 7 business days, after receipt of your application materials, to post those items to your application. If your application materials are not posted to your account after the appropriate amount of time, please email EDS@westernu.edu for more information; include your legal name and any alternate name(s) that may appear on your documents.
Question 5: What if I want to change information on my application after I have completed it?
After your application is complete, changes cannot be made however, you can send us a word document, PDF or email which can be added to your application. Please send to EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for.
Question 6: How do I view the contents of my application after I have completed it?
Unfortunately, once your application is complete, you cannot view the contents. We suggest that you print each section prior to completing your application.
Question 7: When checking my application status, why do I see more than one term listed under "Processed Applications" when I've only submitted one online application?
If you applied to multiple programs/campuses via a Primary and/or Secondary Application, you will see all active applications listed here by the term. This doesn't necessarily mean we have received all required applications/materials. Please verify all requirements have been received. (See Question 4:"How do I check my application status online?" above.)
Question 8: What if I want to apply to more than one program? Do I need to create a new Login ID?
You can create multiple applications with one Login ID. Just select "New" under "Applications in Progress" to start a new application.
Question 9: Can I use my preferred name on my application?
Always use your "Legal" name on your applications (both Primary and Secondary). Nicknames/Preferred names must not be used. If the program you are applying to requires a Primary and Secondary application, your name must match exactly for both applications to be properly applied to your record. Please send an email to EDS@westernu.edu notifying us of errors as soon as possible. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied to.
Question 10: What address should I use if I need to mail any additional application materials?
For official documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) please mail to:
Western University of Health Sciences
Attn: EDS/program you are applying for (DO, PHARMD, DPM, etc.)
309 E Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766
For non-official documents (prerequisite worksheets, repeated coursework, etc.) please email to EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for.
Question 11: How do I pay my application fee?
All application fees require payments made by credit card. Only cards with Visa and Master Card logos will be accepted.No checks, money orders, or cash will be accepted for payment of application fees.
Question 12: What if I don't have a Visa or Master Card?
Payment may be made with a Visa or Master Card prepaid gift card which can be purchased at many major chain stores or online. Please be aware that the gift card must contain a balance sufficient to cover the application fee in one full payment.
Question 13: Are fee waivers accepted?
Application fees must be paid by credit card to submit your online application. To qualify for an application refund due to a financial hardship, you must contact Admissions for instructions and approval. After approval, your credit card charge will be refunded (this could take up to 10-15 business days).
Question 14: What if I cannot find a College Code for a school I attended?
Please be sure to search for your school in the "Previous College(s) Attended" section of your application using City and State by selecting the "Lookup College Code" link. If your school is not listed, please send an email to EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for. The college codes in our system are WesternU specific and may be different from college codes provided by your institution.
Question 15: How do I find a College Code for schools outside of the United States?
Please do not list foreign schools in the "Previous College" section of your application. All foreign coursework must be evaluated (course-by-course) through an approved evaluation service (World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates). Instead of listing the foreign schools you attended, please list the service used to evaluate your foreign coursework. You can find World Education Services and Josef Silny& Associates by selecting the Lookup College Code link and searching by Country and selecting 'Foreign Country' and City 'Foreign City'. If you need additional assistance, please email EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for.
Question 16: How do I view the colleges that I have already entered?
Select "Previous College(s) Attended" from the Application Checklist. If you previously entered and saved school information to your application, the first school's details will be displayed in the form. Click "Enter or View another College or Degree" to view any additional schools. When you come to a blank form, there are no additional saved schools available. When you are done viewing your schools, select "Return to Checklist without saving changes".
Question 17: How do I remove a college from my application?
If you have added an incorrect college or duplicate college in error, it cannot be removed until your application is submitted. Make a list of any colleges that must be removed, then continue with your application. Once you have submitted your application, email EDS@westernu.edu requesting to have those schools removed from your application and specify the reason for removing them from your record. Please include your legal name, Login ID, and program you applied for.
Question 18: I am a current employee of WesternU, are there any additional forms needed for HR purposes?
If you are a current employee of WesternU, you must complete an Employee Authorization Release Form. You can request this form by sending an email to EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for.
Question 19: Will I receive notification that my application was received?
Yes, once your application is processed we will send an email confirming it was received. Please be sure to check your "Junk Mail" folder for this email and allow emails from the domain 'westernu.edu' (WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students) to avoid any delay of its delivery. For more information on adding WesternU to your email whitelist, please review these Email Whitelist Instructions. If you need additional assistance, please email EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for.
Question 1: Is the program accredited?
Western University of Health Sciences is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) – 985 Atlantic Venue, Suite 100. Alameda, CA 94570. (510) 748-9001. The MSMS degree program was approved by WASC in June 2010.
Question 2: Is this a full- or part-time program?
The MSMS program is a full-time program.
Question 3: Is this program on a semester or quarter system?
The MSMS program utilizes a semester system.
Question 4: Must I have previously applied to a professional school to apply to the MSMS program?
No, we are interested in those who have applied as well as those who have taken the majority of their premedical requirements but are planning on applying. If however you have completed a centralized application to a professional school you should include that with your application.
Question 5: Who is eligible for the program?
Applicants who have either obtained an undergraduate degree in a science field or who have a non-science baccalaureate degree but have taken the necessary undergraduate prerequisites for their chosen pre-health profession are eligible for admission to the MSMS program. Applicants should have experience in clinical medicine or healthcare service and be sure that a career in the health professions is their desired goal.
Question 6: Who will be teaching the classes?
Predominantly, permanent WesternU faculty with appointments in the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences and other WesternU colleges, such as the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, the College of Dentistry, etc.
Question 7: Are there separate course sections for MSMS students?
The majority of your curriculum is done separately in courses designed specifically to strengthen your science background for your continued education in a graduate health sciences program. The anatomy course(s) are taken with first year students in the Osteopathic Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Podiatric Medicine programs.
Question 8: How long is the program?
The MSMS program is designed to be completed in 12 months.
Question 9: How many students will be admitted to the MSMS program?
The expected class size is 30-32 students.
Question 10: Can I work while attending this program?
No, you are expected to engage in rigorous coursework as a full-time student and should not be working even in a part-time capacity. Students will also engage in clinical volunteer and shadowing opportunities during the program.
Question 11: What hours will I be attending classes?
Your courses will take place during the business day – Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You should also expect to be available for research and/or clinical work both during the week; however, there may be circumstances where you will need to do research and clinical work in the evening and/or on weekends.
Question 12: Does the MSMS program arrange the shadowing/clinical volunteer opportunities for the students?
Yes, the MSMS program will arrange the shadowing/clinical volunteer opportunities that students experience during the curriculum.
Question 13: Are there opportunities for research experiences during the MSMS program?
Yes, interested students will be matched with faculty for bench, clinical or community based participatory research.
Question 14: Will I be required to write a thesis?
You will be required to complete a capstone project over the course of the spring semester which will require a written research paper, and an oral presentation of the research.
Question 15: Do I have to have a laptop? If so, what are the minimum specifications?
Yes, a laptop computer is required. You will be expected to supply your own computer. The minimum specifications are located on our Computing Resources page.
Question 16: Are scholarships available? What are the criteria for selection?
Yes, scholarships are available for disadvantaged students. In order to qualify applicants will be required to complete a detailed application and provide parental and individual tax records for the previous tax year.
Question 17: Are MSMS classes offered online?
No, all MSMS courses are offered on-campus and student attendance is mandatory.
Question 18: Can I visit your campus?
We would love for you to visit campus! Attend Preview Day where we will provide you with detailed information on the curriculum and profession as well as the admissions process. You will also have the opportunity to hear from the dean/upper administration and chat with current WesternU students as they tour you through the facilities.
Question 19: What types of research projects do MSMS students engage in?
MSMS students have an opportunity to do research with the GCBS’s biomedical research staff, as well as faculty from any of WesternU's eight other colleges. Areas of research include molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, neuroscience, anatomy, physiology and education. Additionally students have been involved in community health assessment research including working with faculty from the FACE group on campus.