Biomedical Research, Ph.D.

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.

Ph.D. Applicants

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Successful completion, with a grade of C or better, of one year each 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
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores
  • Official transcript from degree granting institution/s; other transcripts may be required
  • Departmental materials: three recommendations, program online form, written statement addressing educational and career goals, CV/resume

Priority Deadline - March 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. International applicants must meet the international application deadline of March 15. The completed application, application fee, official transcript(s), and official GRE scores should be received in the Graduate Admissions Office by March 1. MCAT scores will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. For the application to be complete, the program online form, written statement addressing educational and career goals, and three recommendations should be received in the Office of Research and Graduate Education by March 1.

Duration of Degree Program

Doctoral degree students are expected to complete the requirements within five years. Students who possess an M.S. degree in Biomedical Research or the equivalent when admitted into the doctoral degree program generally require three to four years to complete the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Entry Term

BMR Ph.D. students will matriculate in July (summer III term). The first week will be devoted to orientation and Preparation for Graduate Academics (PGA) Boot Camp. This allows students to learn more about research opportunities, get to know their cohort and current students, acclimate to a new environment, and get a head start on their research rotations.

Program Requirements

Before graduating, students are required to write and publish three peer-reviewed manuscripts, two of which must be as first author.

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

Plan of Study

To qualify for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, the student must pass (C or better or CR) the following courses:

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 660/661Communication Bio Sci I1
BMR 680Seminar (minimum of 6 hrs.)1
BMR 785Intro to Research1-6
BMR 882Research1-15
Total Credit Hours17-36

In addition, the student must successfully complete other courses required by his/her area of emphasis and advisory committee. All courses will be defined in the student’s Ph.D. Course of Study form. The student must also pass a written and oral exam prior to becoming a Ph.D. candidate. These exams are set by the advisory committee and are outlined below under Admission to Candidacy.