Apr 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Biomedical Science and Enterprise, M.I.S.

Return to: 11000 Institute for Biomedical Sciences  

Program Goals and Objectives

Given today’s complex challenges and the need for creative solutions, graduates with an M.I.S. degree need to be able to adopt and use information derived from various traditional disciplines, to think logically and critically about information and new ideas, to be flexible and creative, and to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Through interdisciplinary course work, including basic research and team-based projects, as well as experiential learning in a capstone project, graduates will develop the knowledge areas, skills, and strategic approaches that are necessary to make links between critical fields. Graduates will be positioned to enter or to return to the workforce with increased capacity to multi-task within the workplace and to interface effectively with various stakeholders.

Thus, the goals listed below are the main focus of the M.I.S. in Biomedical Science and Enterprise Program.

  • Enable recognition of how successful work across disciplines advances knowledge and solves problems, and develop the ability to conduct interdisciplinary work
  • Enhance critical thinking skills with regard to cross-cutting problems, proposed interdisciplinary solutions, and their applications
  • Increase knowledge of techniques used to enhance creativity
  • Develop strengths in communication, from verbal, written, and presentation skills, through ethical conduct and professional dispositions in all settings
  • Encourage sensitivity, understanding, teamwork, and leadership among collaborators from diverse backgrounds
  • Promote high-level student and faculty engagement in emerging interdisciplinary topics
  • Create job-ready graduates with professional dispositions appropriate for a smooth interface between relevant fields

To meet the interdisciplinary goals of the M.I.S., the Biomedical Science and Enterprise concentration is offered jointly by the Institute for Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), Robinson College of Business and the College of Law using a cohort model.

Program Goals in Professional Preparation

  • Create a new cadre of specialized scientists and practitioners ideally trained to enter or return to the state, national, and international biotechnology workforce.
  • Provide an environment for preparing students and professionals to participate in a broad-based and evolving economy in biotechnology, including pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices, and preclinical or clinical research.
  • Develop strengths in communication, from verbal, written, and presentation skills, through ethical conduct and professional dispositions in all settings.
  • Promote creativity, teamwork, and leadership through interactive courses and real-world experience.
  • Increase the number of individuals from diverse backgrounds who excel at the intersection of biotechnology, entrepreneurship, and law.

Program Academic Regulations

The maximum time limit for completing the M.I.S. in Biomedical Science and Enterprise is five years from the first semester of admission.

A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher is required for graduate courses taken while a student at Georgia State University. All core coursework with a grade of B- or better, and any student earning a C+ or below must repeat the core course. No more than six credit hours of grades below a B- will be accepted toward the degree. No final course grade below a C will be accepted towards the degree.

Students should be familiar with all additional program requirements outlined in section 11030 Graduate Enrollment , especially subsections 11030.15 Continuous Enrollment Requirement and Requests to Reenter , 11030.25 Course Load , 11030.40 Grade Point Average and Course Grade Requirements , 11030.50 Scholastic Warning, Exclusion and Suspension  and 11030.55 Application for Graduation  .

Degree Requirements

The Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (M.I.S.) in Biomedical Science and Enterprise program requires the completion of at least 30 credit hours of study at the master’s level beyond the bachelor’s degree and a capstone experience.