1.03 Plans of Instruction for Master of Medical Sciences Programs

A Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc) degree from HMS represents recognition of successfully completing advanced study and research within a specific topic area related to biomedical research. The requirements for receipt of such a degree are rigorous and standardized across programs. While each MMSc degree program may have a unique focus, all graduates of such programs will:

(a) achieve mastery in a core curriculum that prepares individuals for a biomedical research career

(b) conduct meritorious research that is presented in a thesis

(c) complete other courses that, together with the core curriculum, provide appropriate didactic training to match the program’s focus.

In keeping with this concept, each program has a Mission Statement that outlines the goals and objectives of the program.

The MMSc degree requires the completion of at least 64 credits of didactic and scholarly work, including a minimum of 32 credits in a mentored research experience culminating in a written thesis or similar work. The remaining credits consist of required core courses, electives, and seminars. A dual-degree, five-year MD-MMSc program is offered in some programs; for this program, a total of 56 credits, including the minimum 32-credit mentored research experience, are required. Students must be enrolled in the HMS Program in Medical Education to qualify for the dual-degree program. Descriptions of the MMSc programs and their plans of instruction follow: 

Clinical Investigation

Global Health Delivery


Medical Education