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:

Please read all instructions carefully and be sure to submit your application materials directly to the Office of Admissions at:

Office of Admissions
One Waterfront Place
PO Box 6009 | Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
Phone: 304-293-2121 | Fax: 304-293-8832

Required Application Materials:

Personal Statement:

The personal statement should highlight relevant research experiences, your reasons for applying to the MS in the Biomedical Sciences at West Virginia University including the names of faculty and graduate programs of interest, and potential career goals. Applications without personal statements will not be reviewed. The personal Statement can be uploaded in the online application.

Scientific Interests

  • Describe how past experiences have motivated you to choose a career in science.

Research (if applicable) 

For each previous experience describe:

  • The scientific question
  • Your role
  • Results and conclusions
  • Length of the experience

Career Goals

  • How does obtaining a MS support your goals?
  • Describe role models or mentors that assisted in the discussion.

Additional experiences/information

  • Significant service and leadership activities
  • Accomplishments and awards
  • Overcoming past problems or obstacles
  • Be sure to explain gaps in your resume

 Letters of Recommendation:

Letters of Recommendation should come from professors who can evaluate your performances in coursework and research and your potential to be a successful graduate student. Three letters of recommendation are required and can be submitted electronically by referees via the online application. Please enter your referees email address in the recommendation section and a notification will be sent to them requesting that they upload a letter on your behalf.


One official transcript from each college attended must be submitted. Unofficial or personal copies will not be accepted.

  • Academic Institutions from within the United States: Official transcripts must be sent directly from your prior colleges to the West Virginia University Office of Admissions.
  • Academic Institutions from institutions outside of the United States: Transcripts or Marks sheets from institutions outside of the United States must be original or certified copies in original language of issue. Additionally, Official English Translations of Academic Records and certificates/ Diplomas are required.

Any supporting material not uploaded via the online application should be forwarded by mail or sent by Federal Express to the following address:

Office of Admissions
West Virginia University
PO Box 6009
One Waterfront Place, Second Floor
Morgantown WV 26506-6009

Test Scores:

  • English Language Proficiency:
    • WVU’s minimum score requirements for English proficiency for graduate students are an Academic IELTS: 6.5, TOEFL iBT: 79 (WVU accepts MyBest scores), PTE Academic: 53, or Duolingo English Test: 105. International graduate school applicants who did not complete their bachelor's degree at a US, UK, Australian, Canadian, or New Zealand institution must submit an English proficiency test score and meet the minimum score requirements.
    • The WVU Institution Code for the TOEFL examination is 5904. IELTS scores should be sent electronically to WVU Graduate Admissions ( and WVU International Admissions ( Scores can be sent physically to: West Virginia University, Office of International Admissions, 2nd Floor One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26506
    • Official English language proficiency scores are required for application review

Application Review Process:

  • MS applications are reviewed from November through March by the Biomedical Sciences Committee
  • Qualified MS applicants will be invited to a virtual interview.
  • Students with excellent credentials and who can clearly describe and understand their past research and demonstrate passion for research at the interview are seriously considered for acceptance.
  • Decisions of acceptance are made on a rolling basis, and all decisions made by the Admissions Committee are final.
  • For maximum admissions consideration, we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

Special Notices for International Applicants:

Contact Information:

For additional information about our programs or the status of your application once it has been forwarded for review, please email:

Office of Research & Graduate Education
Graduate Admissions Committee
P.O. Box 9024
Morgantown, WV  26506
(304) 293-7206

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