Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences (PhD)

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Thank you for your interest in the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Biomedical Sciences PhD Program!

In addition to taking an interdisciplinary approach to and developing a broad basis in the biomedical sciences, PhD students in the Marshall University Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program specialize in one of five Research Clusters, each offering a range of disciplines:

Learn more about Marshall’s BMS research by reading this PDF.

When entering the PhD research program, students are required to complete rotations through a minimum of three different laboratories, each rotation consisting of at least 120 hours. These rotations help students build rapport with faculty and students, decide on their preferred area of research, and learn new research techniques. The Faculty Directory contains information on labs available to students.

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For the most up-to-date information on applying to Marshall’s BMS PhD Program and the review process, please consult our PhD Application, Review Timeline, and Funding Information Page.

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Students in the PhD program complete 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)

Students also must successfully complete additional courses as determined by their 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.

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Students generally complete the requirements of the PhD degree within five years. Students who possess a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences or the equivalent when admitted generally require three to four years to complete the PhD degree.

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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 BMS Graduate Student Directory.