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Admission into the M.S. Program

Prospective students must have an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university with an overall GPA of at least 3.01 and should have satisfactorily (grade of "C" or above) completed all recommended prerequisites:

  1. Biology or related coursework – 1 year
  2. Chemistry – 2 years
  3. Physics – 1 year
  4. Math through Calculus
  5. Coursework in the Social or Behavioral Sciences and English

This list reflects an undergraduate program for someone interested in a science major. These are also the prerequisites for admission to many Medical or Dental schools. Students interested in preparing for these professional degrees should consult schools of interest to learn their specific requirements. Depending on the intended area of emphasis, students lacking one of these prerequisites may be able to remediate that work through taking the relevant courses concurrently with the M.S. curriculum or during summer session.

Students can request admission beginning with either the Summer semester or Fall session. Students starting with summer session (May) can complete the degree by the end of the spring semester. Students starting in the Fall semester can complete the degree by the end of summer session.

Applicants must complete WVU's online application and submit the following:

  1. official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended,
  2. official GRE, MCAT, or DAT scores, if test has been taken,
  3. TOEFL scores, if applicable
  4. personal statement describing the applicant's reasons for pursuing a career in science or the application of science to another career, and describe any relevant clinical, community service or research experience
  5. résumé/CV
  6. three letters of recommendation

The Admissions Committee is composed of the following individuals: Program Director – biomedical scientist, Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences Graduate Education (or appointee), representatives from the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Dentistry, Director of the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). Review of applications will begin on February 1 and proceed until all slots are filled or suitable candidates have been identified. Each applicant will be interviewed by at least two members of the Admissions Committee. Only in rare circumstances will the in person interview be waived.

Admitted students are responsible for the payment of all tuition and fees. This program does not provide a stipend. Students in need of financial aid should consult the University office of Financial aid and the Health Science Center Office of Graduate Education.

1Under certain circumstances, the admissions committee may waive the GPA requirement.

2Students considered for admission must demonstrate the intent, passion, drive, and potential for a career in the health professions, academics, research, or other science related career.  A goal is to place all graduates in rewarding career positions, and it is imperative that only students with excellent career prospects are admitted.