Master of Science in Biomedical Research with Medical Science Research Area of Emphasis

Overview

Sharpen Your Competitive Edge for Medical School

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (MU JCESOM) and 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.

MU JCESOM Medical Sciences with an area of emphasis in research is a rigorous, two-year, non-thesis degree in Biomedical Research that couples a challenging curriculum in the basic medical sciences with significant research exploration. This program, commonly referred to as the Medical Sciences Program with an area of emphasis in research, is specifically designed to build a strong application for medical school to increase their chance of acceptance.

Research Emphasis

In addition, the research experience, especially if it results in publications, enhances the students’ medical school applications at JCESOM and elsewhere. These same publications will make post-medical school residency applications very attractive, especially for highly competitive specialties (e.g. neurosurgery, ophthalmology, etc.). However, successful completion of the Medical Sciences with an area of emphasis in Research (MS) makes students an immediate candidate for the PhD program at JCESOM and elsewhere. In fact, at JCESOM, because the didactic courses overlap and research productivity, the PhD program may be completed in less than the traditional five years. Students who wish to pursue this area of emphasis may join specific approved laboratories within the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. The students may undertake research for academic credit (up to 12 credit hours) towards those required for graduation or may be paid an hourly stipend.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the requirements of both Marshall University Graduate Admissions and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Biomedical Research Graduate Program. Interested persons may contact the Office of Research and Graduate Education via e-mail at mubiomed@marshall.edu or phone at (304) 696-3365.

This degree will not guarantee admission into Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine or any other health-related professional school.

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Prerequisite Coursework (must earn grade of “C” or better):
  • 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
  • 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
  • No entrance exam required

Application Deadline

PRIORITY Deadline: June 1 for best chance of admission

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed until the class is filled. Applications will be considered after the priority deadline until June 30, if openings are available.

Entrance into the Biomedical Research, MS with an Area of Emphasis in Medical Sciences program is restricted to fall semester only.

Application Process

  • Graduate School Application– http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/select-your-degree-or-certificate-program/how-to-apply-for-admission/. Choose degree seeking then your program.
  • Non-refundable application fee– You should receive an email with a link to submit payment within 24 work 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.
  • Official transcript from degree-granting institution– 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.
  • Written Statement– Your statement should address your educational and career goals and why you should be admitted to the Biomedical Research, MS with an Area of Emphasis in Medical Sciences 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 Recommendations– Please follow the instructions on the form (accessed through the Supplemental Information Form) and ask your referees to e-mail the letters/forms to mubiomed@marshall.edu AND services@marshall.edu.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s Office of Research and Graduate Education and recommendations will be made to the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education for final approval. Official decisions are sent from the Graduate Admissions Office. In addition, if accepted to the program, you will receive an acceptance letter from the Office of Research and Graduate Education, which will include a deadline for your response.

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 webpage: http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/graduate-assistantships-2/graduate-assistantship-overview/.

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  • On average, 88% of MU JCESOM Graduate Education 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, MU JCESOM Graduate Education 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.

Year I – Fall Semester

Course title

Course number

Credit hours

Introduction to Nucleic Acids and Proteins

BMR 601

3

Introduction to Cell Structure and Metabolism

BMR 602

3

Seminar

BMR 680

1

Neurophysiology

PHS 628

2

Year I – Spring Semester

Regulation of Cell Function

BMR 603

2

Cellular Basis of Disease

BMR 604

1

Seminar

BMR 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 MU JCESOM Office of Research and Graduate Education. Prior authorization is required.

Year II – Fall Semester

Medical Microbiology I

MCB 631

3

Seminar

BMR 680

1

Medical Pharmacology I (recommended elective)

PMC 621

6

Year II – Spring Semester

Medical Microbiology II

MCB 632

3

Medical Pharmacology II (recommended elective)

PMC 622

2

Seminar

BMR 680

1

Introduction to Research

BMR 785

3

Biostatistics

BMR 617 or equivalent

3

Successful completion of this area of emphasis curriculum will require a 3.0 grade point average and acceptable performance on the final comprehensive assessment (pass/fail). This will be administered to all degree candidates during the final exam week in the spring semester of the second year.

This degree will not guarantee admission into Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine or any other health-related professional school.

“My two-year journey completing the 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

Qualify for admission into Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine without MCAT

Requirements

  • Have a minimum 3.4 GPA in the Biomedical Research, MS with an Area of Emphasis in Medical Sciences program at the time of the MU JCESOM interview.
  • Graduate from the Biomedical Research, MS with an Area of Emphasis in 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.

Benefits

  • An MCAT score will not be considered for admittance to the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
  • For M.D. Interview purposes, out-of-state applicants will be considered the same as in-state applicants. Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine tuition cost will still be based on residency status
  • With satisfactory standing, may request and receive the mandatory program letter of support from the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education.

Leadership

Uma Sundaram, MD

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

Richard Egleton, PhD

Co-DirectorMU 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