Honors Admissions

M.S. in Medical Sciences (MSP3)

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The School of Biomedical Sciences at the USF Morsani College of Medicine offers eligible Judy Genshaft Honors College students a Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) to the Pre-Professional M.S. in Medical Sciences, Pre-Professional Program (MSP3).

The Honors MSP3 GAP is a direct entry program designed to assist USF's Judy Genshaft Honors College students seeking admission into a health professional school (e.g., MD, DO, DMD, DVM, PharmD). It will allow qualified students who are graduating from USF's Judy Genshaft Honors College guaranteed acceptance into the M.S. in Biomedical Sciences Pre-professional Program. The program aims to provide highly-qualified students interested in obtaining entry-level medical sciences education with a sound baccalaureate foundation for pursuing professional education through a special undergraduate curriculum and mentoring linked with a sound graduate education in Medical Sciences.

Why participate in the One-Year Pre-Professional MSP3 GAP?
This one-year program consists of 32 credits (Fall, Spring, and Summer) and is designed to assist students who are seeking admission into a health professional school or are looking to pursue a career in biomedical sciences, but will not be matriculating immediately upon completion of their bachelor's degree. Its unique curriculum is designed so that participants receive a solid foundation in the biomedical sciences that supplements their undergraduate coursework and better prepares them for future coursework in a graduate health profession program.

Each year, the MSP3 program receives approximately 1000 applications for 260 seats. This requires that the program be selective with admission. By participating in the GAP program, Judy Genshaft Honors College students who meet admission criteria will be guaranteed placement in one of the first 20 seats in the class.


The basic entrance requirements that direct entry students must meet include:

  • A bachelor's degree from USF earned prior to the start of master's coursework
  • A 3.0 overall GPA
  • A 3.3 science GPA
  • Minimum GRE score of 302 OR
  • Minimum MCAT score of 503 (25 on former scale) OR
  • Minimum DAT score of 18
  • Basic Science Required Courses**
  • Observational and Community Service Hours: 20 hours each

Additionally, students will be required to:

  • Submit a personal statement
  • Submit two letters of recommendation or evaluation (1 faculty/1 character)
  • Provide documentation of community service.

Students must be U.S. citizens or hold permanent resident status and have no history of disciplinary action.

*A revised version of the GRE, which includes a new scoring scale, was recently released. Minimum score equivalencies between the old scoring scale and the revised scale can be found here. Scores from both the old and new versions of the GRE will be accepted; provided that the scores are less than five years old and can be reported by the ETS.

**Basic Science required courses include two semesters of the following with labs:

  • Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Calculus I
  • Introductory Statistics


Complete the Judy Genshaft Honors College Secondary Application

The link to the application can be found here.


Complete the Science GPA Calculator

  • The link to the Science GPA Calculator can be found here.
  • We require you to include all sections (I and II) of Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics. Please do not include science labs or math courses in the Science GPA Calculator. You may also include courses in anatomy, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, botany, cell biology, ecology, entomology, genetics, histology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, physiology, physical chemistry, molecules and cells, astronomy, physics, and thermodynamics.


Two Letters of Recommendation (any combination of letters or evaluation forms)

  • Evaluation forms are not required if letters are available
  • Evaluation forms may be used in lieu of letters
  • Recommendations should come from faculty or other professional familiar with applicant's academic performance or professional potential
  • Letters of recommendation through a committee evaluation or an agency (e.g., Interfolio) may be used in lieu of evaluation forms
  • Previous letters intended for professional schools will be accepted
  • If you are using a committee evaluation or an agency (e.g., Interfolio), then you may submit your letters separately
  • This office is not a part of Morsani College of Medicine's Office of M.D. Admissions and does not have access to Previously submitted letters.


GRE, DAT, or MCAT Test Scores

  • Official GRE (General Test) scores should be sent through ETS to Graduate Admissions (school code: 5828). Please send an unofficial copy of your test scores from ETS in your secondary application package.
  • MCAT scores should be printed from the AAMC THx Report System and included in your secondary application package. We will verify your scores with the AAMC using your AAMC ID and Verification Code.
  • Request that an official copy of the DAT scores be sent to College of Medicine (see address below). If you do not have an official copy of your DAT scores, please include an unofficial copy of your DAT scores in your secondary application package. We will accept an unofficial copy of your DAT scores for admission review until the official score arrives.

Please submit all above documentation in one package to:
USF Morsani College of Medicine
Graduate Affairs-MS Admissions
12901 Bruce B. Downs, MDC 40
Tampa, FL 33612


  • May 1, 2020