Combined MD/PhD Program

Welcome to the MD/PhD program at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine!  The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine offers a combined MD/PhD degree in partnership with the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program at Marshall University. 

Todd Green, PhD
Director, MD/PhD Program

Why an MD/PhD?

MD/PhDs blend the discovery of new knowledge with clinical medicine at the intersection of science and medicine.  Most graduates work as physician-scientists at medical schools, conducting disease-related research and applying the results to the treatment of patients.  They have a unique perspective on both the basic science and clinical science behind disease.  Further information is available at the Association of American Medical Colleges website (

Applicant Information

Students interested in pursuing dual degrees should indicate this on their AMCAS application. A separate MD/PhD admissions subcommittee consisting of members of the medical school and BMS graduate admission committees will review the applications.

The MD/PhD admission subcommittee will decide which applicants to invite for interviews. After the interview, the subcommittee will recommend applicants for admission to the program to both the medical school and the BMS graduate admission committees for final approval. As a state-assisted medical school, Marshall gives preference to West Virginia residents. However, well-qualified nonresidents from states adjoining West Virginia, nonresidents who have strong ties to West Virginia or students who are introduced to our school through our out-of-state recruitment pipeline and outreach programs are eligible for consideration. Regardless of their state of residency, applicants are considered only if they are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident visas.

Students who already hold a PhD or ScD are ineligible to apply to the MD/PhD program.

Interview Criteria

  • All applicants must take the MCAT. A score of 30 or better on the MCAT taken between January 2013 and January 2015 is preferred for consideration for admission. An MCAT score of 28 will be considered if the applicant has extensive research experience.

    For students entering in the fall of 2016, Marshall University will also accept scores from the new MCAT, which began in April 2015. A minimum score of 505 on the new MCAT is required for consideration for admission.

  • Applicants must demonstrate quality research outside of classes at the undergraduate or post-baccalaureate level.

  • Applicants must present a genuine interest in pursuing a career as a physician-scientist.

  • Applicants applying as first-year medical students at Marshall must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.

  • All required prerequisites must be completed at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada and must be passed with a grade of "C" or better by June 15 of the year of matriculation. The level of these required courses should be equal to courses for those majoring in these respective fields. If Advanced Placement or College Level Examination Program credits are on the college transcript, these may be accepted as a fulfillment of a prerequisite providing that there is evidence of proficiency in the subject. Examples of proficiency may be successful completion of a more advanced course in that field or a strong Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score.

  • AMCAS applications must be submitted by November 1. Completed applications should be received by December 1. Admission decisions are made by December 15. Completed applications received after December 1 may be reviewed; those applicants will be considered for a position on a waiting list. Thus, it is important to apply early.

Description of the Program

The curriculum takes seven to eight years to complete. Students first take years one and two of medical school. During that time they complete research lab rotations. After passing the Step 1 exam at the end of year two, students begin their PhD coursework and research. This takes three to four years. After completing the PhD requirements, students then complete years three and four of medical school.

Students in this program will be involved in course work, research activities and clinical training for the entire calendar year for the duration of the program. While the first year of medical school begins in August, the MD/PhD program begins the first week of July with orientation followed by a month-long research lab rotation. Students are also required to submit an MD/PhD fellowship application before the end of the third year of the program.

Two applicants will be admitted each academic year; the admissions cycle follows that of the traditional MD program.

Before entering the PhD program, students have to apply to the Graduate College. The deadline is January 15th of the second year of medical school. The application can be found at the Graduate College website ( Along with the application, the student should ask Ms. Warren to forward their AMCAS application to Graduate Admissions. The AMCAS application should include at least 3 letters of recommendation and a personal statement.Additionally, an official final undergraduate transcript showing awarding of the bachelor’s degree must be sent to Graduate Admissions.

Applicants who are admitted to the MD/PhD program will earn the following:

  • A tuition waiver for the entire length of the program
  • A yearly stipend equivalent to the PhD student stipend (currently $25,000) for all years of the program. The stipend and tuition are considered in-house no interest educational loans that will be forgiven by completion of the MD/PhD dual degree program. If a student chooses to leave the MD/PhD program, he/she will have to reimburse the School of Medicine for the stipend and tuition benefits received.

A list of Biomedical Sciences faculty and their research interests can be found at

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Cindy Warren
Assistant Dean for Admissions


Todd L. Green, Ph.D.
Director, MD/PhD Program