Medical Sciences Application Information, Review Timeline, and Assistantships

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Application Deadlines

The final application deadline is June 1 for fall admission. After this date, applications are not accepted for fall admission of that same year. Please note that all acceptances are for fall admit only. For additional information, please contact Ms. Kelly Carothers.

  • Deadline*: June 1st, on rolling basis for fall admission
  • Fall admission only

* We understand that many of our applicants may be applying concurrently to medical school programs. Because many medical schools commonly will not have sent a decision to applicants by January 15th, the Medical Sciences program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Please apply as early as possible in order for your application to be given the best consideration. Applications received will be considered until the class is filled or June 1st, whichever is first.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Kelly Carothers.

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Minimum Requirements

  • Prerequisite Courses – Applicants to the Biomedical Sciences M.S. (Medical Sciences Area of Emphasis) degree must have a baccalaureate degree 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 – Medical Sciences’ applicants may have official GRE or official MCAT scores submitted. There is no minimum GRE score requirement. However, if either section (Verbal and Quantitative) is less than the 50th percentile, that is not looked upon favorably by the admission committee.
  • MCAT Scores – The minimum score on the new MCAT for an applicant’s application to be considered is 490, and on the former MCAT is 22.
  • GPA – 3.0 (4.0 scale)

DOMESTIC Application process

To apply for the M.S. Non-thesis Degree with an area of emphasis in Medical Sciences, the following must be submitted to the Graduate Records and Admissions Office:

  1. Online Application – The application code for the Medical Sciences Area of Emphasis is GM50GM57.
  2. Non-refundable 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 OR Official MCAT scores (Minimum of 22 on the former MCAT, and 490 on the new MCAT) – Marshall’s institution code for receiving official GRE scores is 5396. No department code is necessary. MCAT scores must be official and sent directly to Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. (Note: Scores may not be more than three (3) years old at the start of the semester when matriculating into the M.S. program.)
  4. Official transcripts 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.
  5. 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 as long as they are from the writer, signed and on official letterhead. Please have them e-mailed to Graduate Admissions, at
  6. 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, M.S. program. Statements may be mailed or e-mailed as attachments to Graduate Admissions at
  7. All materials (that are not allowed to be e-mailed) must be sent to the following address (Please NOTE that the PhD application process is slightly different.):
    • Marshall University Graduate Records and Admissions Office
      100 Angus E. Peyton Drive South Charleston, WV 25303-1600

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Review Timeline


  • Applications are accepted throughout the year, and applicants are notified of their status on a rolling basis. Applications will be considered until the class is filled or June 1st, whichever is first.
  • 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 application files that are sent to the Program by the Graduate Admissions Office. Unofficial decisions are generally e-mailed by the Director of Biomedical Sciences Graduate Studies within a week of the application review. Official decisions will be sent  approximately within a month, and will come from the Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Acceptance letters from the Co-Director of BMS Graduate Studies will include a recommended deadline date for your response. Please let us know as soon as you have made your decision, so, if applicable, that position may be offered to another applicant.


The Biomedical Sciences Program does not offer Graduate Assistantships (GA) for the Master’s Program. However, although Master’s Medical Sciences’ students are not encouraged to do so, they are permitted to seek assistantships through a Marshall University department. Full-time GAs (whether teaching, research, or clerical assistants) work a maximum of 20 hours per week and are required to carry a minimum of nine credit hours. Half-time GAs work a maximum of ten hours per week and are permitted to carry a reduced course load (if permitted by program and advisor). More information is provided on the Graduate College Website under Costs and Aid: