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M.S. in Biomedical Research with Medical Sciences Emphasis


Todd Green, PhD
Assistant Dean, Biomedical Education

Anita Mathis
Business Manager

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.

The application deadline is June 30. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed until the class is filled. Applications will be considered until June 30, if openings are available. International applicants must meet the international application deadline of March 15.

The Medical Sciences program may admit applicants conditionally for one term who have not received their undergraduate degree, pending receipt of the final official transcript from the undergraduate degree granting institution.

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 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 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 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

  • 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.
Year 1 - Fall
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BMR 601 Introduction to Nucleic Acids and Proteins 3
BMR 602 Introduction to Cell Structure and Metabolism 3
BMS 605 Microbiology and Pharmacology for the Medical Sciences 2
BMS 607 Hematology and Oncology 3
Year 1 - Spring
BMR 603 Regulation of Cell Function 2
BMR 604 Cellular Basis of Disease 1
BMS 609 Orthopedics and the Neural Network 6
BMS 612 Gastroenterology and Nutrition 3
Year 2 - Fall
BMS 615 Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Renal Systems 6
BMS 618 Endocrine and Reproductive Systems 3
Year 2 - Spring
BMR 785 Introduction to Research 3
BMS 620 Multisystem Disorder 2
BMS 634 Biostatistics and Epidemiology for the Medical Sciences 2
Total 38