Master of Science in Biomedical Research (M.S.)

Overview

Students in the Biomedical Research M.S. program will take an interdisciplinary approach to, and develop a broad basis in, biomedical research. Students will focus on biomedical and translational research that is important for the health care of West Virginia and Central Appalachia. This region has one of the highest rates in the nation of obesity, heart disease, smoking, diabetes, and death from drugs, prematurity, cardiovascular, cancer, and from an environmental standpoint, pollution. These concerns, such as obesity and its many complications, are also relevant to global health issues.

Students may work in one of the following areas of interest with a faculty mentor within the department:

Research Area's
Epithelial Transport Regulation of Intestinal Sodium, Glucose,  Amino Acid
Regulation of Renal Na-K-ATPase Obesity Related Disorders
Intestinal Inflammation  Renal Disease
Toxicology  Breast Cancer
Pulmonary Disease  Addiction Associated Diseases
Diabetes Hypertension 
Bone Growth Abnormalities  Lipid Homeostasis. 

Centers of research interest include 

Minimum Admission Requirements 

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA overall with a 3.0 for combined science and math courses is recommended.
    • Under certain circumstances, the minimum GPA requirement may be waived on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework with a grade "C" or better.
  • Completion of extensive undergraduate research or summer research.  
  • No minimum GRE score requirement,
    • a score in the 50th percentile or greater on each section, verbal and quantitative, is preferred.

Prerequisite Coursework 

  • Two semesters of general biology and associated laboratories.
  • Two semesters of general chemistry and associated laboratories.
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry and associated laboratories.
  • Two semesters of physics and associated laboratories.
  • One semester of biochemistry or cellular biology and associated laboratories. 

Domestic Application Process

  • Submit Graduate School Application
    • Choose degree seeking, and "Fall" as the entry term. 
  • Pay non-refundable, $40, domestic application fee
    • You should receive an email with a link to submit payment within 24 hours of submitting your application. If you do not, please e-mail services@marshall.edu for assistance. You may also call to pay over the phone during regular business hours: 304-746-1901.
  • Submit Official Transcripts
    • May be electronically submitted from your institution’s registrar’s office to services@marshall.edu or mailed directly from that office to: Office of Graduate Admissions, Marshall University, 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive, South Charleston, WV 25303.
  • Submit Official GRE Score 
    • Marshall University institution code is 5396.
  • Written Statement
    • Your statement should address your educational and career goals, and why you should be admitted to the M.S. Biomedical Research program. 
    • Please email it directly to services@marshall.edu in addition to uploading it through the Supplemental Information Form.
  • Supplemental Information Form
    • Once you choose the program to which you are applying, you will be prompted to upload unofficial documents (i.e. transcript/s, written statement, and résumé/CV).
  • Three Letter of Recommendations

International Application Process 

  • Meet International Admission Requirements 
    • Requirements can or may include submitting official transcripts and evaluations, evidence of English language proficiency, affidavit of financial support, and meeting set deadline. 
    • Visit the International Admissions Webpage for their requirements. 
  • Submit Graduate School Application
    • Choose degree seeking then your program.
  • Pay non-refundable, $65, international application fee
    • You should receive an email with a link to submit payment within 24 hours of submitting your application. If you do not, please e-mail services@marshall.edu for assistance. You may also call to pay over the phone during regular business hours: 304-746-1901.
  • Submit Official GRE scores 
    • Marshall University institution code is 5396.
  • Written Statement
    • Your statement should address your educational and career goals, and why you should be admitted to the M.S. Biomedical Research program. 
    • Please email it directly to services@marshall.edu in addition to uploading it through the Supplemental Information Form.
  • Supplemental Information Form
    • Once you choose the program to which you are applying, you will be prompted to upload unofficial documents (i.e. transcript/s, written statement, and résumé/CV).
  • Three Letter of Recommendations

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Students are expected to complete the degree within two years. 

Curriculum 
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BMR 785 Introduction to Research   3
BMS 601 Introduction to Nucleic Acids and Proteins  3
BMS 602 Introduction to Cell Structure and Metabolism  3
BMS 603  Regulation of Cell Function  2
BMS 604 Cellular Basis of Disease  1
BMS 660/661 Communication Skills for Biomedical Sciences  1/1
BMS 680 Seminar  1
BMS 882 Research  1
BMS 617 Statistical Techniques for Biomedical Sciences 
BMS 644 Responsible Conduct of Research 

Leadership 

Uma Sundaram, MD

Vice Dean, Office of Research & Graduate Education
Phone: (304) 691-1841
sundaramu@marshall.edu

Richard Egleton, PhD

Co-Director, MU JCESOM Graduate Program
Phone: (304) 696-3523
egleton@marshall.edu


Marlenea Brand, MPA

Administrative Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (304) 696-7399
brandm@marshall.edu