Biomedical Research, M.S. (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. 

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 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.
  • Program 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.

Conditional Admission 

The Biomedical Research M.S. (Thesis and Non-Thesis) program may admit applicants conditionally, for one term, pending receipt of final, official bachelor's degree transcript with degree awarded.

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.

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 university 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 college.

Plan of Study

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

Core Curriculum
BMR 601Intro DNA, RNA & Proteins3
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.