Master of Arts in Medical Sciences

Master of Arts in Medical Sciences

Get a leg up on all the other applicants to medical professional schools. Our Master of Arts in Medical Sciences program prepares you to become a compassionate, culturally competent medical professional and capitalize on your strengths as you build your professional school credentials.

About Our Program

Our Master of Arts in Medical Sciences (MAMS) at Heritage University is a one-year, 36-credit master’s degree with classes held at both Heritage University and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU). During the program, you will take a course (BIOL 511) simultaneously to first-year PNWU osteopathic medical students and a portion of another course (BIOL 512) simultaneously to first-year WSU pharmacy students.

You’ll be introduced to a broad range of topics in the medical sciences, while strengthening your academic credentials for admission to medical and other professional schools. Since our program’s inception, 89% of MAMS graduates who applied have gained admission to medical professional and graduate schools. They’ve entered a wide range of professional programs including medicine, PA, dentistry, podiatry and other related fields.

The MA in Medical Sciences Program at Heritage is taught and mentored by highly skilled and supportive medical practitioners and educators. They infuse every course with their knowledge and passion while providing invaluable support, insight, and feedback to students. You will also have access to state-of-the-art facilities on both campuses.

Heritage also teaches and promotes cultural responsiveness (a reflection of the diverse student body at Heritage). Given the high demand for healthcare providers in rural and underserved areas, this greatly expands your future opportunities.


We are accepting applications for the 2021-2022 cohort.

We utilize a rolling admissions system and accept applications until the seats for the cohort are full. Applications are reviewed regularly, and admissions decisions are sent to students as they come available. To ensure a seat in the program, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. MAMS Program details are both listed below and downloadable in this flyer.

One- Year Program Curriculum

Our MA in Medical Sciences degree program requires one year of study (36 semester credits). Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses.


BIOL505 Medical Skills and Theory I 4 credits
BIOL507 Biomedical Ethics 3 credits
BIOL509 Health Professions I 1 credit
BIOL511 Scientific Foundations of Medicine 10 credits
TOTAL 18 credits


BIOL506 Medical Skills and Theory II 4 credits
BIOL508 Research Theory 3 credits
BIOL510 Health Professions II 1 credit
BIOL512 Foundations of Personalized Medicine 10 credits
TOTAL 18 credits

Program Costs and Financial Aid

Graduate tuition for students in the 2021-2022 MA in Medical Sciences Program is anticipated to be $18,000 per semester ($36,000 total). Additional fees will be required (e.g., initial application fee, graduation fee, background check, drug and alcohol screening, books and housing). For estimation, see chart below.

Financial aid in the form of loans may be available. Complete a FAFSA indicating Heritage University as your institution of choice to begin the financial aid process. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 509-865-8502 or

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general graduate admission requirements, applicants to the MA in Medical Sciences Program must:

1. Have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;

2. Have achieved a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all coursework attempted during the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate degree study. this requirement may be waived at the discretion of the MAMS selection committee;

3. Provide test scores from one if the following: Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), Dental Admissions Test (DAT), Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), or other professional program admissions test;

4. Pass a criminal background check and drug screening;

5. Complete the Heritage University Graduate Application for Admission at

6. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and other coursework to the Heritage University Office of Admissions;

7. Submit a personal statement (maximum 4,500 characters including spaces and punctuation);

8. Submit three letters of reference from professionals with knowledge of the student’s ability to successfully complete a rigorous graduate program; and,

9. Submit a non-refundable $95 graduate application fee.

Optionally, students may choose to submit up to three additional letters (for a total of six) and a CV or resume.

Early Application Advised:

Students are encouraged to apply to the program as early as possible. The MA in Medical Sciences Program utilizes rolling admissions; applications are evaluated as they are submitted, and the program fills up quickly.

The committee carefully evaluates each applicant to determine eligibility and suitability to the program. For some students, a telephone or face-to-face interview will be required.

Application materials can be submitted via email to or mailed to the address below. Recommendations submitted via email should be sent directly from the reference or through a secure document transmittal service such as Interfolio.

Official transcripts can be submitted electronically from your university through services such as eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse to Electronic submissions are encouraged when possible. Otherwise, mail or hand deliver sealed, official transcripts to:

MAMS Program Admissions
Heritage University
3240 Fort Road
Toppenish, WA 98948

Upon acceptance to the program, each candidate must submit a nonrefundable $500 deposit to secure a seat in the cohort. If you are on the PNWU wait list at the time of acceptance in to the MAMS Program, you must still make the $500 deposit to Heritage to reserve your place in the MAMS Program. If you are admitted to PNWU, your deposit shall be refunded. In all other cases, the deposit will be applied toward your first tuition payment at Heritage University. Deposits shall not be refunded under any other circumstances.

Tuition and Estimated Related Expenses*
2018-2019 Academic Year

Expenses Fall Spring Total
Tuition $16,995 $16,995 $33,990
Books & Supplies $1,500 $500 $2,000
Room & Board $4,845 $4,845 $9,690
Transportation $1,056 $1,056 $2,112
Miscellaneous $1,035 $1,035 $2,070
TOTALS $25,431 $24,431 $49,862
 * The tuition and fees are subject to change annually.  $500 of the
tuition is an initial non-refundable fee required immediately upon
receipt of acceptance letter.

Health Maintenance

Students are required to carry personal medical insurance.  Free or heavily-discounted insurance is available for students through


The curriculum content and time required for completion of the Master of Arts in Medical Sciences is such that any outside employment by the student is strongly discouraged.

Degree Offerings

Sciences Department

Master of Arts Degree, M.A.
Medical Sciences

Program Staff


Michelle Alegria

Program Assistant, MAMS


Corwin King

Adjunct Faculty

Kazuhiro Sonoda

Kazuhiro Sonoda

Provost/VP of Academic Affairs