Biomedical Research, M.S. (Thesis)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both Marshall University Graduate Admissions as outlined on their website - - and the Biomedical Research program of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Interested persons should visit, e-mail and/or call 304-696-3365.

Biomedical Research M.S. (Thesis and Non-Thesis) Applicants

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally 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 with associated laboratory 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 from degree granting institution/s and institutions where relevant post-baccalaureate or graduate coursework was taken
  • Departmental materials: three recommendations, program online form, written statement addressing educational and career goals, CV/resume

Priority Deadline - June 1 for Best Chance of Admission

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. The completed application, application fee, official transcript(s), three recommendations, written statement, and official GRE scores should be received in the Graduate Admissions Office by June 1. For the Medical Sciences area of emphasis only, no entrance exam is required. The program online form should be received in the Office of Research and Graduate Education by June 1.

Duration of Degree Program

Students are expected to complete the degree within two years. This includes the summer between years one and two for M.S. (thesis) students.

Entry Term

B.M.R. M.S. (thesis) students may matriculate in July (summer III term) or in August (fall term). B.M.R. M.S. (non-thesis) students with an area of emphasis in Medical Sciences must matriculate in the fall term only.

Qualifying for Admission into Marshall University
Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine without the MCAT (Pathway Program)


  • Have a minimum 3.4 GPA in the BMR, M.S. Medical Sciences program at the time of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (MUJCESOM) interview
  • Graduate from the program with a minimum of a 3.4 GPA
  • Pass the M.S. comprehensive exam on the first attempt in May of the program’s second year


  • An MCAT score will not be required for admittance to MUJCESOM
  • For interview purposes, out-of-state applicants will be considered the same as in-state students, regardless of residency. Marshall University JCESOM tuition cost will be based on residency status.
  • With satisfactory standing, students will receive the mandatory program letter of support.

Program Requirements

Biomedical Research, M.S. (Thesis - Cardiovascular Disease, Cell Biology; Neurobiology and Addiction; Obesity and Related Diseases; Toxicology and Environmental Health)

Degree Requirements

All students are required to meet the general requirements of the Graduate College for receipt of a master’s degree. A minimum of 32 credit hours is required for the thesis degree with no more than six hours of thesis (BMR 681 Thesis) credited toward the 32 credit hour requirement. Each student will specialize in one of the five areas of emphasis as defined in the program description. If the non-thesis master’s degree is pursued, a minimum of 36 credit hours is required.

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

Advisory Committee for M.S. (Thesis) Students

The advisory committee should be formed no later than the end of the first year of graduate education. As soon as the committee has been identified, a Thesis Committee Formation form is completed and submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies.

The advisory committee will be selected by the student and research advisor, with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies required. The committee will be composed of at least three faculty members with appropriate expertise; one of the members may be from another institution. The student’s research advisor will act as the chairperson of the committee.

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

Plan of Study

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

Core Curriculum
BMR 601Intro DNA, RNA & Protiens3
BMR 602Intro Cells and Metabolism3
BMR 603Regulation Cell Function2
BMR 604Cell Basis of Disease1
BMR 617BMR Statistics Technique3
BMR 644Research Conduct1
BMR 660Communication Bio Sci I1
or BMR 661 Communication Bio Sci II
BMR 680Seminar (minimum of 4 hrs.)1
BMR 785Intro to Research4
Total Credit Hours19

In addition, the student must successfully complete other courses required by his/her area of emphasis and advisory committee and pass a written and/or oral comprehensive examination.