Office of Research and Graduate Education

For Additional Information:

  • Diana R. Maue
    Graduate Recruitment and Communication Coordinator
    Biomedical Sciences & Clinical and Translational Science
    Phone: (304) 696-3365

  • Marie Murphy
    Administrative Assistant
    Biomedical Sciences
    Phone: (304) 696-7278

  • Anita "Gigi" Mathis
    Administrative Assistant
    Biomedical Sciences
    Phone: (304) 696-7322

MS, Medical Sciences

Sharpen Your Competitive Edge for Medical School

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (Marshall JCESOM) and Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program, administered by the Office of Research and Graduate Education, offers the ideal option for students who want to strengthen their academic record and enhance their science foundation prior to medical or other health-related professional schools.

Marshall University JCESOM Medical Sciences area of emphasis is a rigorous, two-year, non-thesis degree in Biomedical Sciences that couples a challenging curriculum in the basic medical sciences with an exposure to research. It is specifically designed to build a strong application for medical school to increase your chance of acceptance.

  • Over the past eight years, 88% of Marshall University JCESOM BMS, Medical Sciences students, who have applied to medical or other health-related professional schools, were accepted.
  • Many of the classes are alongside medical school students.
  • If you choose to take the MCAT, Marshall University JCESOM BMS program will pay for half of an MCAT prep course registration fee for students who are registered to attend the second year of the Medical Sciences program.
  • For non-residents, the Medical Sciences program will establish the tie to West Virginia that is required to apply to Marshall University JCESOM.

Core Curriculum

A minimum of 36 credit hours is required to qualify for this non-thesis Master of Science degree.

Fall, Year I

Course title Course number Credit hours
Introduction to Nucleic Acids and Proteins BMS 601 3
Introduction to Cell Structure and Metabolism BMS 602 3
Seminar BMS 680 1
Neurophysiology PHS 628 2

Spring, Year I

Regulation of Cell Function BMS 603 2
Cellular Basis of Disease BMS 604 1
Seminar BMS 680 1
Mammalian Physiology (recommended elective) PHS 629 6
Students returning for the second year of the program may take an MCAT Prep course over the summer that will be partially subsidized by the BMS Graduate Program.

Fall, Year II

Course title Course number Credit hours
Medical Microbiology I MCB 631 3
Seminar BMS 680 1
Medical Pharmacology I (recommended elective) PMC 621 6

Spring, Year II

Course title Course number Credit hours
Medical Microbiology II MCB 632 3
Medical Pharmacology II (recommended elective) PMC 622 2
Seminar BMS 680 1
Introduction to Research BMS 785 3
Biostatistics BMS 617 or equivalent 3

Successful completion of this area of emphasis will require a 3.0 grade point average and acceptable performance on the final comprehensive assessment (pass/fail), which will be administered to all degree candidates during the final exam week in the spring semester of the second year. A minimum 36 credit hours is required for a non-thesis MS degree.
This degree will not guarantee admission into Marshall University School of Medicine or any other medical school.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • One year of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics with associated laboratories; biochemistry and cell biology are recommended.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA overall with a recommended 3.0 for combined science and math courses.
  • Official transcript from degree-granting institution/s; other transcripts may be required.
  • Departmental materials: online form, three letters of recommendation, written statement of educational and career goals, copy of official transcript/s, CV
  • No entrance exam required

Application Deadlines

Applications for fall admission will be considered until the class is filled or July 1st, whichever is first.

Application Process

Domestic applicants: To apply to the Biomedical Sciences (BMS), MS (Non-thesis) Medical Sciences program, the following official documents must be received by Graduate Admissions

  • $40 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Official transcript from degree-granting institution
  • Three letters of recommendation (see instructions on BMS Graduate Program Online Form, below)
  • Statement of Purpose
Click here to be directed to the Graduate Admissions webpage.

The BMS MS Medical Sciences Program application code is GM50GM57. In addition to the university application process, please complete the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program online form to which you will upload a COPY of your official transcript/s and Statement of Purpose. Submission of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program online form will notify the admissions committee of your interest.

The reference form is available on the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program online form. References must be e-mailed directly from the referee to Graduate Admissions at AND to Marie Murphy at

International applicants: Please contact Marie Murphy for information and instruction at -

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s Biomedical Sciences Graduate Studies Committee.

Unofficial decisions are generally e-mailed by a co-director of Biomedical Sciences Graduate Studies within a week of the application review.

Official decisions are sent from the Graduate Admissions Office. In addition, if accepted to the program, you will receive an acceptance letter from a co-director of BMS Graduate Studies, which will include a recommended deadline date for your response.


The BMS Program does not offer Graduate Assistantships (GA) for the Master’s Program. You are not encouraged, but are permitted to seek assistantships through a Marshall University department. More information is provided on the Graduate College Graduate Assistantship Overview webpage:

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“My two year journey completing the Biomedical Sciences master's program has played an invaluable role in my preparation as a first year medical student. Along with course exposure, I was given the opportunity to adapt and expand my methods of studying within the integrated curriculum. Additionally, I was able to build strong networks amongst students, faculty, and other members within Marshall's community to prepare me for this next chapter in my journey.”

Preeya Shah, MS - Medical Sciences
Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, President - Class of 2020


  • Have a minimum 3.4 GPA in the BMS, Medical Sciences program at the time of the Marshall JCESOM interview
  • Graduate from the BMS, MS Medical Sciences program with a minimum 3.4 GPA
  • Pass the MS comprehensive exam on the first attempt in May of the program’s second year


  • An MCAT score will not be considered for admittance to Marshall University JCESOM
  • For interview purposes, out-of-state applicants will be considered the same as in-state students, regardless of residency. Marshall University JCESOM tuition cost will be based on residency status.
  • With satisfactory standing, receive the mandatory program letter of support.
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
Office of Research and Graduate Education
Byrd Biotechnology Science Center
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-2129

Phone: (304) 696-3365


Uma Sundaram, MD

Vice Dean, Office of Research & Graduate Education
Phone: (304) 691-1841

Richard Egleton, PhD

Co-Director, BMS Graduate Program
Phone: (304) 696-3523

Todd Green, PhD

Co-Director, BMS Graduate Program
Phone: (304) 696-3531