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Applicants for the Master of Science degree must have completed a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited U.S. University or College. BS courses must include all pre-professional requirements. An overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted with the admission application. Students are accepted at the beginning of fall and, space permitting, winter quarters. Fall admission is recommended.

In addition to fulfillment of academic requirements, a personal interview, conducted by members of the Admission Committee, is required for admission. Interviews are behaviorally-oriented and take about an hour. Questions focus on commitment, problem solving ability, team interaction and initiative. Applicants are asked for life experience situations in which these behavioral characteristics are demonstrated. At the time of the interview, each applicant may be asked to write a short essay. Essays are evaluated for grammar, spelling, content and overall quality of written communication.

Applications are ranked on the basis of grades in prerequisite courses, references, interview results and the written essay. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. Waivers may be requested but not guaranteed. See College policy.

The following prerequisites are required for admission:
1. A Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited U.S. University or College.
  • The program will accept a BS/BA degree from a foreign institution for admission into the MLS.MS, CLM.MS and CLMB.MS programs with the following stipulations:
    • The foreign transcript must be evaluated by ECE and the evaluation must result in a determination that the student has earned a BS/BA that is equivalent to a U.S. BS/BA
    • The applicant must satisfy the CHS policy for the TOEFL exam
2. The following courses are required before a student comes to the Rush campus:
  • 24 quarter hours (16 semester hours) of chemistry (organic, quantitative analysis and biochemistry recommended)
  • 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) of biology (anatomy and physiology, microbiology and genetics recommended)
  • 4 quarter hours (3 semester hours) of mathematics (algebra and statistics recommended)
  • In some cases courses taken at a college or university outside of the United States may be considered to meet some prerequisite requirements but they must be evaluated and considered equivalent to U.S. courses by the Education Credentials Evaluation (ECE).
3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
4. An overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
5. Personal interview.
6. Three letters of recommendation.
7. TOEFL scores if English is not the applicant's first language.


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