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We’re excited to announce that Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) will launch a new, affordable, flexible and interactive Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) online program this summer!

Please note that we will not be offering our on-campus program in Scranton or Doylestown which had been scheduled for an August start. We are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic closely and will determine when on-campus operations can resume.

We understand that your graduate education is about a goal, a plan, an ambition. And nothing should derail your pursuit of your dreams. Our updated program format and pricing is a direct response to the many requests for new options during this challenging time.


We’ve changed our MBS program from 36 to 33 credits, with the cost of tuition at $1,000/credit. This reduces the program tuition from $46,660 to $33,000, and no housing costs!


Our new quarterly semester system provides greater flexibility. You can choose when you want to start, and also how quickly you wish to complete the program: full-time (9+ credits/quarter) or part-time (5-8 credits/quarter). Either way, you'll be on track to complete the program on your timeline, whether you're looking to apply to professional school (such as medical, dental or optometry) or gain entry into a health-related field.


As an online student, you won’t miss out on the camaraderie and social interaction of on-campus life. We’ve made our online environment richer and more interactive, and our faculty and educational technology team are committed to delivering effective, rigorous instruction – no matter what. Click here to watch a video about the MBS online experience. Also, check out our Distance Education – Student Hub for information on how to succeed as an online student. 

Start this summer or fall

You can start our MBS program on July 20 or Oct. 5

Start dates will also be available in January and April.

"I've already applied - what should I do?"

If you have already started an application, click here to let us know if you’d like to start in the summer or fall.

"I've already been accepted - what should I do?"

If you have already been accepted to the program, click here to let us know if you’d like to start in the summer or fall.

Please note that since our program will be fully online, the PA Child Abuse Clearance is no longer a pre-matriculation requirement.

If you need guidance on housing, contact Len Farber at

If you would like to withdraw from the program and request a deposit refund, contact Aleiza Kearney at with your request.


Click here to view curriculum information.

Quarterly semesters

Click here and here to see how our quarterly semester structure is set up. 

Academic calendar

Click here for our up-to-date 2020-21 academic calendar. Click here for an academic calendar chart view.

Question and answer sessions

View our Q&A sessions from June 16 and June 17.

Virtual open house

During our virtual open house sessions, prospective students will have the opportunity to review general information about our MBS program. Future events will be listed here.

Financial aid

Our Financial Aid Office is ready to assist you. Contact the team at Click here for cost of attendance information. 

Building access

A phased reopening of GCSOM's Medical Sciences Building in Scranton, Pa., will begin on July 13. Click here for more details. 

COVID-19 (coronavirus) information

Geisinger is following protocols set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health (GCSOM's Medical Sciences Building is located in Lackawanna County). Please visit their sites for more detailed information about COVID-19.

To access Geisinger's Coronavirus Resource Center, visit

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