Master’s Programs


As one of the world’s largest and most well-funded research centers, the University of Michigan Medical School provides extensive opportunities for those who want to take the next step.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your training for career advancement, preparation for doctoral or health profession studies, or to change tracks altogether, our Master’s Degree programs open up many possibilities. One- to two-year options are available to help prepare you for a wide range of fields, including research, public health, policy, medicine, pharmaceutical industry and education/outreach.


Master’s Programs

Biological Chemistry Bioinformatics
Genetic Counseling Health & Healthcare Research
Health Infrastructure & Learning Systems Health Professions Education
Human Genetics Microbiology & Immunology
Pharmacology Physiology


Health & Wellness

We encourage our trainees, faculty, and staff to embrace the concept that thriving in life goes beyond being successful in their studies, research, and careers. Personal well-being is a journey, with many aspects to consider. Through a holistic approach that recognizes the many dimensions of wellness, everyone can achieve personal and mindful awareness that is directly connected to thriving, both now and in the future.

The Health & Wellness Team at OGPS provides the following:

  • Brief, confidential, free; solution-focused coaching/counseling (up to 6 appointments/year) to OGPS-affiliated learners
  • Personalized community referrals (therapy/psychiatry/neuropsychological testing, etc.)
  • Outreach, including presentations, groups, and advocacy on wellness & mental health
  • Free fitness classes

Career & Professional Development

We use a rigorous and tailored approach in our intentionally planned programs to meet the needs of our graduate, postdoctoral, and post-baccalaureate communities. Interests, opportunities, and outcomes are diverse. Therefore, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows need to be exposed to many different career paths. Every member of our academic community can develop the necessary professional skills using available resources to ease the transition into their chosen career paths.

The Career & Professional Development team at OGPS offers:

  • A relatable career team experienced in the biomedical field
  • Personal 1:1 career guidance
  • Mock-interviews
  • Key events that create opportunities for growth and networking

Check with your Masters Program about the most effective ways to integrate CPD’s services with your graduate experience.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The University of Michigan is truly an outstanding place to live, learn, and grow as a scientist. We are a community that values diversity and our student organizations play an important role in striving to ensure that Michigan continues to maintain a diverse environment. Our students come from all over the world, bringing with them a set of talents, achievements, and perspectives that help nurture a supportive and open academic space.

More information on events and resources can be found here. More information on our student groups can be found here.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid options for Medical School Master’s Students will vary by program and individual eligibility. It is important to discuss your options with your program and the Office of Financial Aid.


Scholarships, Grants, & Rackham Fellowships

Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowships

Designed to aid master’s students who return to graduate school after an extended absence. Students are nominated by their program for this award. Students may contact their program regarding their selection and nomination process.

Rackham Merit Fellowship Program (Rackham Master’s Award)

Aims to promote the values of diversity and inclusion by encouraging the admission and funding of students who represent a broad array of life experiences and perspectives.

Internal & External Scholarships and Grants

A comprehensive search tool for UM internal funding options is maintained by the UM Library.

The UM Library also maintains subscriptions to external scholarship and funding directories such as PIVOT and Foundation Directory Online. These can be excellent avenues to identify additional funding opportunities.

Loans and Work Study

Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to obtain federal financial aid but does not guarantee your eligibility*. The FAFSA is available on October 1 each year and UM must receive your valid FAFSA from the federal processor by March 31. The most common types of federal aid for graduate students include:

*The delivery format of certain Master’s programs may make their students ineligible for federal aid. It is important to check with your program if you are unsure.


Positions for Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs), Graduate Student Staff Assistants (GSSAs), and Graduate Student Research Assistants (GSRAs) can be found on the UM HR Careers Website. GSIs and GSSAs at the University of Michigan are subject to the provisions of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (Agreement) between the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO).  The terms and conditions of GSRA appointments are not subject to the UM|GEO Agreement. More information can be found here.