MBS 2021 Application Cycle for Admissions

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Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Master of Biomedical Science (MBS) program at the California University of Science and Medicine – School of Medicine (CUSM-SOM). Please read the information below regarding our admission requirements, submission of the application fee, and the fee waiver criteria. To apply for our program, please click on the "APPLY NOW” link and complete all sections of the application. If you have any questions regarding the admission process, please contact us at mbsadmissions@cusm.org or at 909-490-5910.

To be considered for admission, you must possess the following:

  • US citizenship, permanent resident status, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status with social security number.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited US institution and/or NACES (http://www.naces.org/) document equivalizing coursework and degree(s).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Committee evaluation or 2 letters of recommendation.
  • Optional: MCAT or GRE.
  • TOEFL: Applicants whose bachelor’s degree was obtained from an institution outside of the United States of America.
  • Pre-requisite Courses: The CUSM MBS program values the contribution of the liberal arts and humanities to the healthcare field and does not have specific course requirements in the natural sciences. However, prospective MBS students are responsible for determining and completing the prerequisite coursework for their target professional program and institution (e.g., biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics).
  • Research experience is not required, but is an asset.

Applications for the Class of 2023 will open on February 3, 2022. Although there is a priority application deadline of May 31, 2022, applications will be considered till the class is full.

Each completed application will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee in order to determine both the academic and personal fit with CUSM.

The CUSM MBS program application is independent from the MD program application, and MBS program admission cannot consider the materials submitted to the MD program. Even if you have already applied to the MD program, please submit all required materials for the MBS program.

If you have questions about the MBS program or admissions process, please contact the Office of Admissions at MBSAdmissions@cusm.org.

Diversity Statement

CUSM is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs and employment. CUSM does not discriminate with regard to age, ancestry, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, parental status, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status and provides equal treatment and access to all CUSM programs, activities, and application for employment.

Equal educational opportunity includes but is not limited to the following: admission, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, facilities, access to course offerings, counseling and testing, financial assistance, and employment.

Equal employment opportunity includes but is not limited to providing and safeguarding the opportunity for all persons to seek, obtain, and hold employment and qualify for advancement in CUSM without discrimination. CUSM is committed to nondiscrimination in compliance with the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education amendments of 1972, The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503 and 504), The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, The Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1967, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and nondiscrimination laws of the State of California.


California University of Science and Medicine is in the process of obtaining accreditation/approval from the following accrediting and governing bodies: California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Applicants should regularly check the CUSM website and University Student Catalog/Handbook for updates.

Matriculation Requirements

If you are accepted to the program, prior to matriculation, candidates must:

  • Sign and submit the CUSM-MBS program enrollment agreement and $100.00 non-refundable registration fee.
  • Provide consent to the following background checks:
    • National, state, and country criminal background check.
    • Substance abuse screening (if participating in a CUSM volunteer or service learning program).
    • Proof of Immunization status.
  • Meet the immunization requirements described in the University Student Catalog/Handbook. A detailed set of instructions will be provided with the Acceptance Letter.
  • Submit evidence of health insurance coverage.
  • Attend the CUSM-MBS orientation program.

Services for Students with Disabilities Policy

CUSM complies with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

CUSM will not discriminate or retaliate against any person because of his or her disability.

Discrimination of or retaliation against persons with qualified disabilities is a violation of the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and will not be tolerated. Effective action, including disciplinary action where appropriate, will be taken should prove violations of either of these Acts occur.

Should a faculty member, staff, or administrator be made aware of a student requesting academic accommodations due to a disability, that faculty member or administrator should immediately refer the student to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions of the student’s school, who will see that the student connects with the University’s Registrar and/or school’s Office of Student Affairs and Admissions for information on policies and processes necessary to grant accommodations.

Students requiring accommodations must first contact the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions in his/her school. In order to provide accommodations promptly, the student should notify the Associate Dean four weeks before the start of the academic year, to ensure accommodations are in place when needed.

Documentation requirements for disabilities are determined on a case‐by‐case basis and must be provided by a qualified licensed health care professional as defined in the student handbook. All documentation must be signed and submitted on official letterhead and include date, name, title, and credentials of the licensed professional. Details as to the type of accommodation and its implementation should be included. This documentation should not be more than four‐years‐old. If it is, the student may be required to obtain a current evaluation and recommendation. The University’s ADA Officer, who is located in the Human Resources Office, determines eligibility and appropriate services based on the documentation submitted. This information is conveyed to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions, who works with faculty to ensure the student receives the appropriate accommodations for their documented disability. It is important for the student to understand that accommodations must be reasonable and not fundamentally alter the nature of the curriculum to be received.

Guidelines are addressed in the student handbook and provided in the interest of assuring that documentation will adequately verify eligibility and support requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and auxiliary aids and services. The University does not have to eliminate or lower essential requirements, make modifications that would result in a fundamental alteration of programs or activities or impose an undue burden on the institution.