Masters of Science in Biomedical Research- MS


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 general biology, physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics with associated labs. Biochemistry or molecular biology are with associated laboratory also will be required with the 2019 admission cycle.
  • 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. The PRIORITY Deadline is 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.

Application Process

Domestic Application Process for Biomedical Research, MS:

  • Graduate Application – Once you read these steps and click to apply online, choose degree-seeking and Biomedical Research MS.
  • Non-refundable application fee – You should receive an email with a link to submit payment generally within 24 work hours of submitting your application. If you do not, please email for assistance. You may also call to pay over the phone during normal business hours: 304-746-1901.
  • Official transcript/s from degree-granting institution/s – May be directly emailed from your institution’s registrar’s office to or mailed directly from that office to: Office of Graduate Admissions, Marshall University, 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive, South Charleston, WV 25303-1600.
  • 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, statement, and résumé/CV). NOTE: The form will ask you to upload a copy of your GRE scores. This requirement is no longer valid for admission for 2018, and you are not required to submit scores for this program.
  • Written statement – Email a copy of your statement to (this is in addition to uploading it through the supplemental form).
  • Three recommendations – Please follow the instructions on the form (accessed through the Supplemental Information Form). Please ask your referees to email the forms, letters, and your signed waivers to both and

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