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


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 
Neuroscience Endometriosis

Centers of research interest include: 

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Minimum Admission Requirements 

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. 
  • A 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 GRE requirement

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. 

Application Process 

  • Submit the Biomedical Research M.S. application and supporting documents on BioMedCas Applicant Portal
    • When creating a BioMedCas account, select the 2023-2024 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 are preferred.  
      • Recommendation requests can be found under "Supporting Information" of the BioMedCas application. 
    • International Students will need to submit proof of English Proficiency. Visit to learn more.
    • Resume or CV
  • Pay the $83 application fee on the BioMedCas Applicant Portal. 

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Students are expected to complete the degree within two years. 

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 

Graduate Assistantships

This program does not offer Graduate Assistantships (GA). 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 web-page. For information on cost of attendance visit,

For additional financial aid information, visit Marshall University's Financial Aid website or contact the financial aid office to speak with a representative. 

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For best chance of admission, have application verified through BioMedCas by June 15.  


Umapathy Sundaram, MD

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

Richard Egleton, PhD

Assistant Dean, Office of Research and Graduate Education
Phone: (304) 696-3523