MS Research

MS, Research


Thank you for your interest in the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (MU JCESOM) MS, Research program. Our research focuses 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:

  • 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

 Some Centers of research interest include:

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

Application Deadline

Entrance into the MS, Research program is restricted to fall semester only. April 1st is the priority deadline for applications; however, we will accept and review applications until the class is full or July 1st, whichever comes first.

Application Process

April 1st is the priority deadline for applications; however, we will accept and review applications until the class is full or June 1st, whichever comes first.

Domestic applicants: When you are ready to apply to the MS, Research Program, the application process begins with the Marshall University Graduate Admissions Office. The non-refundable application fee is $40. Click here to apply now

In addition to the university application process, please complete the Graduate Program online form to which you will upload a COPY of your official transcript/s and GRE scores and your Statement of Purpose. Submission of the Graduate Program online form will notify the admissions committee of your interest.

Graduate students must provide references using the reference form. References must be e-mailed directly from the referee to Graduate Admissions at AND to Marie Murphy at

International applicants should apply through this site:
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Core Curriculum

Each student in the MS, Research Graduate Program completes the following core set of courses:

  • Introduction to Nucleic Acids and Proteins (BMS 601)
  • Introduction to Cell Structure and Metabolism (BMS 602)
  • Regulation of Cell Function (BMS 603)
  • Cellular Basis of Disease (BMS 604)
  • Statistical Techniques for the Biomedical Sciences (BMS 617)
  • Communication Skills for Biomedical Sciences (BMS 660 and 661)
  • Seminar (BMS 680, minimum of 6 hours)
  • Introduction to Research (research rotations) (BMS 785)
  • Research (BMS 882, maximum of 15 hours)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (BMS 644)

Each student must also successfully complete additional courses as determined by his/her advisory committee. Students select an advisory committee no later than the end of the first year of graduate education. The committee usually consists of at least five faculty members with appropriate expertise.

Duration of Program

Students are expected to complete the degree within two years.


Uma Sundaram, MD

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

Richard Egleton, PhD

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

Todd L. Green, PhD

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