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M.S. in Biomedical Research with Medical Sciences Emphasis

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Research with a Medical Sciences Emphasis program offers a strong foundation in science-based curriculum for students interested in pursuing a career in a health-related field. This two-year, non-thesis program introduces students to a broad ranges of topics in the medical sciences that helps strengthen their academic credentials for medical school or other health-related professional schools.   

Students in this program take classes with both graduate students and with medical students. The curriculum in the M.S. Medical Sciences program contains much of the same material taught in the first- and second-year medical curriculum at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Successful completion of the program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enhances a student’s application to medical school. 

On average, 88% of M.S. Medical Sciences students at Marshall University who applied were accepted into a medical or other health-related professional school. 

Admission into the M.S. Medical Sciences program does not guarantee admission into medical school.

Applicants should apply by June 1 for best chance of admission.  

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.
  • No entrance exam required. 
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.
  • Graduate School application
    • Choose the degree you are seeking, then your program.
  • Non-refundable, $40, application fee
    • You should receive an email with a link to submit payment within 24 hours of submitting your application. If you do not, please e-mail services@marshall.edu for assistance. You may also call 304-746-1901 to pay by phone during regular business hours.
  • Submit official transcripts
    • 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, M.S., with a Medical Science Emphasis program.
    • Please email it directly to services@marshall.edu in addition to uploading it through the Supplemental Information Form.
  • Supplemental Information Form
    • Please upload unofficial documents (i.e. transcript(s), written statement and résumé/CV).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Applications are reviewed by a committee within the Office of Medical Education. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full. Official decisions are sent from the Marshall University Graduate Admissions Office.

Entrance into the M.S. Medical Sciences area of emphasis is restricted to the fall semester ONLY.

This program does not offer graduate assistantships (GA) positions. 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

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

Old Main, Room 116
304-696-3162
sfa@marshall.edu

  • On average, 88% of M.S. Medical Sciences students at Marshall University who applied were accepted into a medical or other health-related professional school. 
  • Many of the classes are taken alongside medical students.
  • If you choose to take the MCAT, the Office of Medical Education 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 for M.D. admission to Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Curriculum

During their first year of the program, students will take the following graduate biochemistry and cell biology courses:

  • BMR 601: Introduction to Nucleic Acids and Proteins (3 cr)
  • BMR 602: Introduction to Cell Structure and Metabolism (3 cr)
  • BMR 603: Regulation of Cell Function (2 cr)
  • BMR 604: Cellular Basis of Disease (1 cr)

The preclerkship curriculum in the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will change beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year.  The new graduate courses for the Medical Sciences students have not yet been determined but will be established early in 2020.  Students will continue to take classes with the medical students.