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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:

Areas of Research
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 


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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 molecular biology and associated laboratory. 

Application Process 

  • Submit the Biomedical Research M.S. application and supporting documents on BioMedCas Applicant Portal
    • When creating BioMedCas account, select 2020-2021 cycle  
  • Supporting Documents required: 
    • Official Transcripts 
    • Written Statement 
      • Your statement should address your educational and career goals, and why you should be admitted to the Biomedical Research M.S. program. 
    • Three Letters of Recommendation 
      • Letters of recommendation from STEM-related Professors preferred.  
      • Recommendation requests can be found under "Supporting Information" of BioMedCas application. 
    • International Students ONLY, will need to submit proof of English Proficiency and affidavit of financial support. 
      • TOEFL minimum score of 80. 
      • MELAB minimum score of 82. 
      • IELTS minimum score of 6.5.
    • Resume or CV
  • Pay $80 application fee on BioMedCas Applicant Portal. 
  • Deadline to apply for International Students is March 15th. 

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Students are expected to complete the degree within two years. 

Curriculum 
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
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 I/II 1/1
BMR 785  Introduction to Research  3
BMS 680 Seminar  1
BMS 882 Research  1
BMS 617 Statistical Techniques for Biomedical Sciences 
BMS 644 Responsible Conduct of Research 

Applicants will be considered until June 30, if openings are available. 

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