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.
- Domestic Applications for fall 2013 and later – January 15th
- International applications for fall 2013 and later – January 8th
- Fall admission only
- 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.
- 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.
- Application fee ($40) – Be sure you have entered your payment before you click to submit your application.
- 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 three (3) years old at the application deadline for the Ph.D. program.)
- 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:
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):
- 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).
- 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.
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 thoroughly read through the requirements of both programs.
Please note: IF YOU ARE AN INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT, ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST GO THROUGH THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE, AND BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 8th.
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:
- Application fee – The application fee for all international students is $100.
- Official course-by-course evaluation –An evaluation must be sent for each transcript from all institutions you have attended/are attending. For assistance, please consult this list of commonly used agencies.
- 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.
- 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 three (3) years old at the application deadline for the Ph.D. program.)
- 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.
- 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
- For a full list of requirements, please consult the Graduate College’s International Admissions webpage.
- To apply online, use the following link: Apply for International Graduate Study
- Please note that applications completing the international requirements without the program requirements will not be reviewed. You must fulfill both the international admission requirements and the BMS Graduate Program requirements in order to apply.
International Admission Questions?
Contact Ms. Robyn R. Messenger at email@example.com.
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 categories:
- Offered an interview – Applicants qualifying for an interview will receive their offers via e-mail.
- Denied admission
- Placed in a ‘Hold’ category, which is similar to a waiting list.
- 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.
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.
Currently, the program does not provide student health insurance as a benefit. However, 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.