Biomedical Research, M.S. (Non-Thesis)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both Marshall University Graduate Admissions ( - and the Biomedical Research program of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Applicants are directed to apply through the Biomedical Sciences Centralized Application System (BioMedCAS, Completion of a secondary application once admitted is also required; instructions will be sent from the department to the applicant. Interested persons should visit, e-mail, and/ or call 304-696-3365.

Persons interested in the Medical Sciences M.S. program (non-thesis) should visit, e-mail, and/or call 304-696-3531.

Minimum Admission Requirements 

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted, accredited college or university.
  • Successfully completed, with a grade of C or better, one year of general biology, physics, general chemistry, and organic chemistry, all with associated laboratories. A semester of biochemistry or molecular biology is also required.
  • A recommended minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0.
  • A recommended minimum GPA of 3.0 in combined science and math courses.
  • Official transcript(s) from undergraduate degree granting institution(s). Transcripts for post-baccalaureate or graduate coursework may be required at the discretion of the program.
  • Departmental materials: three recommendations, program online form, written statement addressing educational and career goals, CV/ resume.

The GRE is not required; however, GRE scores can be submitted to strengthen your application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed until the class is filled. Applications are only considered once we have received all required documentation.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed until the class is filled. Applications will be considered after the priority deadline until June 30, if openings are available. International applicants should adhere to the deadlines set in place by the Office of International Admissions.

The Medical Sciences M.S. (non-thesis) program admits students in both the fall and spring terms.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed until the class is filled. The application deadline for fall admission is June 30. The application deadline for spring admission is December 1. International applicants should adhere to the deadlines set by the Office of Admissions.

Conditional Admission 

The Medical Sciences program may admit applicants conditionally, for one term, pending receipt of the final official transcript from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.   

Duration of Degree Program 

Students are expected to complete the degree within two years.

Entry Term

BMR M.S. (non-thesis) students with an area of emphasis in Medical Sciences can matriculate in either the fall or spring term.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 36 credit hours is required for the non-thesis degree. In addition, the student must pass a written comprehensive examination covering their courses.

In addition, after 12 hours of coursework has been completed, the student must submit an M.S. Plan of Study form to the Office of Graduate Studies. 

To remain in good academic standing and to graduate, the student must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0.

Plan of Study

Biomedical Research, M.S. (Non-Thesis Medical Sciences Area of Emphasis)

All students are required to successfully complete the following core curriculum:

Core Curriculum
ACB 622Gross Anat/Embryology II3
BMR 601Intro DNA, RNA & Proteins3
BMR 602Intro Cells and Metabolism3
BMR 603Regulation Cell Function2
BMR 604Cell Basis of Disease1
BMR 785Intro to Research3
BMS 605Micro Pharm Med Sciences5
BMS 634Biostat Epidem Med Sci2
PHS 629Mammalian Physiology6
PMC 621Medical Pharmacology I6
PMC 622Medical Pharmacology II2
Total Credit Hours36


Elective classes include BMS 609 (Orthopedics and the Neural Network).