Doctorate in Biological Sciences – Marshall University

The primary aim of the Doctorate’s in Biomedical Sciences program is to produce graduate students who are broadly based in the biomedical sciences with defined interests and special in-depth training in one of the following areas of emphasis: cancer biology; cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes; infectious and immunological diseases; neuroscience and developmental biology; and toxicology and environmental health sciences. These areas are designed to be flexible and research oriented in order to develop the interests, capabilities and potential of all students pursuing careers in academic or industrial biomedical sciences.

Admission into this program does not guarantee admission into medical school. Students in this area of emphasis are required to pay the Health Professions Fee each semester while enrolled in the program. Because of the nature of the curriculum, applicants to the medical sciences area of emphasis will only be considered for admission for the Fall semester.

Minimum Requirements for Admission into the Doctorate’s in Biomedical Sciences Program

All applicants must have baccalaureate degrees, with one year of general biology, physics, general chemistry, and organic chemistry, all with associated laboratories. Although biochemistry, cell biology, calculus and physical chemistry are not requirements for admission, they may be required for certain areas of emphasis and are highly recommended.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores (scores may not be more than five (5) years old at the application deadline for the Ph.D. program or at the start of the semester when matriculating for the M.S. program) or MCAT scores (Medical Sciences area of emphasis only, minimum of 22 total)

  • Three letters of recommendation from references familiar with the applicant’s relevant academic/professional performance

  • A written statement describing educational and career goals.


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