Frequently Asked Questions from Applicants

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  1. What are the required application materials for the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program? Application with fee, official transcripts, official GRE scores (code 5396), three letters of recommendation, and a written statement. International applicants are required to submit additional materials to assist the committee in fair evaluation of their applications.  Domestic application process
  2. Do application materials go to different offices for the Ph.D. program? Yes, the Ph.D. application process is different from those of the M.S. (Research) and the M.S. Medical Sciences. As part of a new application process, the BMS Program now receives the three letters of recommendation and written statements for Ph.D. applicants. Marshall’s Office of Graduate Records and Admissions will continue to process the remaining application materials. 
  3. What are the required application materials for the Research M.S.? They are the same as for the Ph.D. program. However, rolling admission applies to this program, not the January date. The final deadline for the M.S. research program is June 1st. Also, please note that the process for submission is different from that for the Ph.D. program. ALL materials are submitted to and processed through the Office of Graduate Records and Admissions before being sent to the BMS Program for a decision. Domestic application process for M.S. research applicants  International application process for M.S. research applicants
  4. What are the required application materials for the M.S., Medical Sciences area of emphasis? Most of them are the same as the Ph.D. program. For this area of emphasis only, however, applicants may choose the GRE or MCAT; the program does not have a preference.
  5. I am applying to the Medical Sciences area of emphasis and want to use my MCAT scores. How do I submit my scores? In order for your scores to be official, you must go through AMCAS and request to have them sent to Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Then the Office of Graduate Records and Admissions will use your scores from there for your graduate application.
  6. I met the minimum requirements for the Medical Sciences area of emphasis, but didn’t get accepted. Why not? The Medical Sciences program admits approximately 15 students each fall. The program is competitive, and does not accept everyone who meets the basic requirements. You are welcome to contact the program director to discuss your application, and how you may improve it for the future. 
  7. If I am a Marshall University student do I still have to formally request a transcript? No. As long as you completed the application correctly and included Marshall as a school you attend/ed, then it will be pulled for your application.
  8. I don’t see a minimum GRE score to get into the BMS Ph.D. or M.S. program? The BMS Graduate Program no longer has a minimum GRE score. However,  if each section (Verbal and Quantitative) is less than the 50th percentile, that is not looked upon favorably by the admission committee.
  9. How do I know if all my application materials have been received? You may contact Diana Maue to confirm receipt of your materials. Do not wait until the last minute to check in case something has not yet arrived. 

Why can’t I find information about departments?

  1. What departments are available within the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program? Though the program has departments, it crosses those departmental boundaries to form a stronger interdisciplinary program. As a result, it organizes faculty and students by research interests. Those research interests are called research clusters, which offer a wide range of disciplines. Research Clusters: Cancer Biology; Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, and Diabetes; Infectious and Immunological Diseases; Neuroscience and Developmental Biology; and Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences.