Policies & procedures
Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) candidates at Geisinger College of Health Sciences should expect to receive a decision about two to four weeks after their application is complete.
Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to receive full consideration.
The graduate application deadlines for all upcoming start dates are:
- Summer 2023 – Friday, June 23, 2023
- Fall 2023 – Friday, Sept. 15, 2023
Applying to medical school
MBS students may apply to medical school while enrolled in the MBS program or upon completion of the program. The faculty and staff at Geisinger College of Health Sciences will support our students’ endeavors, regardless of when and where students choose to apply. The MD Admissions Committee will hold applications from current MBS students for two quarters, so their progress at Geisinger can be considered. While the MD Admissions Committee doesn’t specifically reserve spaces in the MD class for MBS graduates, many students have gained admission to the MD program. See more information about MBS students and MD interviews.
Enrollment deposit & refund policy
Accepted students must submit a $250 enrollment deposit to secure their seat in the program. This deposit is only refundable if a student can submit proof of their acceptance into a medical school program.
Due to the holistic nature of candidate review, it is not possible for the Committee on Graduate Admissions or the admissions office staff to provide feedback for students who were not offered admission to Geisinger College of Health Sciences.
Future MD applicants
While Geisinger Commonwealth does not guarantee seats in the MD class to its MBS graduates, many Geisinger alumni have gained admission to Geisinger Commonwealth’s Doctor of Medicine program.
Test scores are optional. If you decide to submit scores, the Committee on Graduate Admissions will consider test scores no more than three years old at time of application.
Professional School Application Enhancement (Princeton Review)
The Professional School Application Enhancement (Princeton Review) course for preparing to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is a proven means of improving your score. Some students prefer to take these exams in the summer prior to beginning the MBS program.