Ph.D. Application, Review Timeline and Funding Information

Students who wish to enroll in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program must apply for admission through the Graduate Admissions Office and meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College and the Graduate Studies Committee of Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Application Deadlines

PH.D.

  • Domestic Applications for summer 2015 and later – January 15th
  • International applications for summer 2015 and later – January 15th
  • Summer admission only
Note: The completed application, application fee, official transcripts, and official GRE scores (and the proof of English language proficiency and the financial affidavit for international applicants) should be received in the Admissions Office by January 15th in order for the application to be considered by the Program. Letters of recommendation and personal statements should be received in the BMS Office by January 15th in order for the application to be considered complete and for an admission decision to be rendered. Applications completed very soon after the stated deadline may be considered at the discretion of the BMS Graduate Studies Committee.

Funding

For their first two years in the program, students are funded by the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program itself. Research assistantships are available on a competitive basis for students in the doctoral degree program. The current stipend is $25,000 per year, in addition to tuition remission. Beginning the third year of the program, the program provides 50 percent of the stipend, and students work with their advisors and granting agencies to fund the other half of the stipend.

In addition, students are strongly recommended to apply for grants. Examples of some of the Fellowship and Local grants that have been obtained by students in our program that can be found on our Student Funding Opportunities page.

Our program does not require that Ph.D. students teach within the classroom in order to qualify for stipend funding. This allows students to focus on the requirements of their research. However, opportunities for classroom instruction are available, and instruction in  public speaking is a core element of the program.

The program pays $850 toward student health insurance. Additionally, students have access to Marshall University’s Student Health Service, which provides healthcare services to students in the case of acute illness, including diagnosis, laboratory and radiographic procedures. Please see the Student Health web page for more information.

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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Prerequisite Courses - Applicants to any Biomedical Sciences M.S. or Ph.D. degree must have a baccalaureate degree in one of the sciences, with one year of general biology, physics, general chemistry, and organic chemistry, all with associated laboratories. Although biochemistry, calculus and physical chemistry are not requirements for admission, they may be required for certain areas of emphasis and are highly recommended.
  • GRE Scores – There is no minimum GRE score requirement. However, if each section (Verbal and Quantitative) is less than the 50th percentile, that is not looked upon favorably by the admission committee.
  • GPA - 3.0 (4.0 scale)

Domestic application process

For a domestic application to be reviewed and given priority consideration for a stipend and tuition benefits, the materials listed below must be received on or before January 15th.

Please note that the application process requires submitting certain items to the Graduate Admissions Office and others directly to the BMS Graduate Program Recruitment Coordinator. Carefully review the required items below and submit each group of materials to the proper recipient. 

Click to ApplyThe following application materials should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  1. Online Application – The application code for the Ph.D. program is GM400000. If you are certain of what research cluster you would like to pursue, then you are welcome to select from the menu provided on the application. Otherwise, you may select one later in the program.
  2. Application fee ($40) – Be sure you have entered your payment before you click to submit your application.
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores – Marshall’s institution code is 5396. No department code is necessary. (Note: Scores may not be more than five (5) years old at the application deadline for the Ph.D. program.)
  4. Official transcript from each college or university previously attended – These must be official and sent directly from the institution’s registrar’s office to Marshall’s Graduate Records and Admissions Office:

Marshall University
Graduate Records and Admissions Office
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303-1600

The following supplemental materials should be sent directly to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (address below):

  1. Three letters of recommendation from references familiar with the applicant’s relevant academic/professional performance. Letters may be mailed directly from the writer, or they may be scanned and e-mailed as an attachment. All letters must be sent by the writer, signed and on official letterhead (including e-mailed attachments).
  2. Written statement – Your statement should include, but not be limited to, your educational and career goals, research experience, and why you are applying to Marshall’s Biomedical Sciences, Ph.D. program. Statements may be mailed directly or e-mailed as attachments.

Diana R. Maue
Graduate Recruitment and Communication Coordinator
Biomedical Sciences
Phone: (304) 696-3365
E-mail: maue1@marshall.edu

                                                                                                                                  

International Application Process

International applicants must follow both the specified requirements of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and of the Marshall University Admissions Office. Before applying, please carefully read through the requirements of both programs.

Ph.D. applications should be complete by January 15th.

Address:

Marshall University
Admissions Office
102 Old Main
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV, USA 25755

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Application Requirements and Points of Emphasis

International applicants to our program must have all of the following submitted through the Admissions Office:

  1. Application fee – The application fee for all international students is $150.
  2. Official transcript(s) – Transcripts must be in the original language, accompanied by a certified English translation, and contain ALL college or university academic credits and grades. The transcripts must be sent directly to the Marshall University Admissions office by the Registrar or equivalent at institution that you attended. Course-by-course evaluations of your transcript(s) will be completed by Marshall University Admissions.
  3. Proof of English Language Proficiency – All international applicants must submit proof of English language proficiency. See the Graduate College’s International Admissions webpage for guidelines. Please note that we cannot waive this requirement for any international applicant, and that the BMS Graduate Program does not admit conditionally.
  4. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – We require GRE General Test scores. Marshall’s institution code is 5396. No department code is necessary. (Note: Scores may not be more than five (5) years old at the application deadline for the Ph.D. program.)

The following supplemental materials should be sent directly to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (address below):

  1. Three letters of recommendation from references familiar with the applicant’s relevant academic/professional performance. Letters must be on official letterhead, signed, and sent directly from the writer.
  2. Written statement – Your statement should include, but not be limited to, your educational and career goals, research experience, and why you are applying to Marshall’s Biomedical Sciences, Ph.D. Program.

Graduate College and International Admission’s Application Requirements

International Admission Questions?

Contact Ms. Robyn R. Messenger at international@marshall.edu.

Application Review Timeline for All Ph.D. Applicants

  • Late January/Early February
    The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s Biomedical Sciences Graduate Studies Committee (comprised of research cluster representatives, BMS administration, and at-large members) will review completed applications and select a number of qualified applicants to be interviewed.
  • Early to mid February
    Each applicant will be assigned to one of the following two categories:

    1. Offered an interview – Applicants qualifying for an interview will receive their offers via e-mail.
    2. Denied admission
  • Late February to early March
    Interviewees will be welcomed as a group for a paid, two-day visit. The purpose of the visit is for interviewees to get to know Marshall University, its Biomedical Sciences, Ph.D. program, faculty, students, and facilities, as well as for the BMS Program to get to know the interviewees in person. Note: We will cover your travel costs and hotel accommodations.
  • Mid March
    Interviewees will be ranked and the top candidates will be sent offers of admission and funding via e-mail. Official letters will be sent later. Applicants who did not receive initial offers will be placed on a waiting list.
  • April 15th – Deadline for notifying us if you accept admission
    Please let us know as soon as you have made your decision. If you need until April 15th, we understand.