Why are students attracted to MS training programs?

  • For assistance in the selection of a career path
  • As a gateway to obtain a position in industry, teaching, or a professional program
  • To enhance credentials to be competitive for entry into a dual degree program, such as the PhD/MBA or PhD/JD

The MS degree in the Biomedical Sciences at WVU is also designed for transition to the biomedical PhD program as the didactic curriculum is similar for both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

The MS degree in the Biomedical Sciences has a thesis or non-thesis option and can be completed in 2 years.  

Students who would like to enhance their competitiveness for entry into advanced professional and graduate programs or who are interested in integrating their studies in the disciplines of biomedical and public health sciences should consider the M.S. in Health Sciences. 

What can I expect as an incoming student? 

  • To start your graduate studies with an orientation that will prepare you to successfully transition into graduate studies, and allow you to interact with an orientation advisor, faculty, and resident students at social events while enjoying the outdoors
  • To have the opportunity to match with a faculty mentor upon matriculation or conduct at least one rotation before matching with a mentor
  • To take a course in scientific writing during the summer of Year 2
  • To have the opportunity to participate in seminar series, workshops, and field experiences focused on non-academic careers

Completion Time

A major goal/outcome is to have you complete the MS degree in a timely manner and with the best possible training to prepare you for further career development. The MS degree can be completed in two-to-three years.


Applications for the 2021 Admissions Cycle will be open from September 1, 2020 to April 1, 2021.  All applications are accepted electronically and must be submitted electronically via the official WVU Graduate Education application: https://graduateadmissions.wvu.edu/how-to-apply

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Program Contacts

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Joseph Andria
West Virginia University
Assistant Director of Admissions and Academic Affairs, Research & Graduate Education

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