Master’s Degree (Research Option)


Thank you for your interest in our research in the Marshall Biomedical Sciences Research Master’s Program!

In addition to taking an interdisciplinary approach to and developing a broad basis in the Biomedical Sciences, students pursuing the research master’s degree in the Marshall University Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program specialize in one of five Research Clusters, each offering a range of disciplines:

When entering the master’s research program, students are required to do rotations in three different labs, each rotation consisting of at least 120 hours. These rotations help students build rapport with faculty and current students, decide on their preferred area of research, and learn new research techniques. The Faculty Directory contains information on labs available to students.

Application, Review Timeline, and Assistantships

For the most up-to-date application information, please consult our Master’s (Research Option) Application, Review Timeline, and Assistantships Page.

Core Curriculum

Each student in the research Master of Science 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 685)
  • 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 research cluster and advisory committee. Please consult the individual Research Clusters to learn more about their respective requirements.

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.


We hope that we have piqued your interest in joining the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at Marshall University. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Maue, who will be happy to assist you further. You may also contact any of our students listed in the Current BMS Research Student Directory.

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