Program Prerequisites

Successful applicants have an earned or our in the process of earning a bachelor's degree from an accredited university with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and should have satisfactorily (grade of "C" or above) completed all recommended prerequisites:

  • Biology or related coursework – 1 year
  • Chemistry – 2 years
  • Physics – 1 year
  • Math through Calculus
  • Coursework in the Social or Behavioral Sciences and English
  • Coursework in either biochemistry or physiology is recommended.
  • A current resume is required and can be uploaded in the online application. The resume should include a statement of your career goals, work and volunteer experience, and awards/honors received.

Students lacking one of these prerequisites may be able to remediate that work by taking the relevant courses concurrently with the MS curriculum or during summer session. In some circumstances, the GPA requirement will be waived.

Students 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.


Interested students may apply for admission in the Summer or Fall semester.

Indicate your desired time of admission in your personal statement. A start time of summer session is highly recommended for applicants that need to complete prerequisites prior to beginning the fall coursework. Students starting in the summer session can complete their degree by the end of the Spring semester. Students starting in the Fall semester can complete their degree by the end of the Summer session.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and continue until all slots are filled. All applications are accepted electronically and are submitted via the official WVU Graduate Education application, available via the link below. Please read all instructions carefully and be sure to submit your application materials directly to the Office of Admissions at:

  • West Virginia University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510 | Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
    Phone: 304-293-5980 | Fax: 304-293-1147

The admissions application is available online.

Note: First-time users must first go to the "create an account" tab.  

Application Dates and Deadlines

Summer - March 15

Fall - June 1

Personal Statement

A personal statement is required and can be uploaded in the online application. The personal statement should address the following points:

  • Desired start time, spring, summer, or fall semester.
  • What are your long term career goals?
  • How will this program help you achieve these goals?
  • What do you believe will make you successful in this program? 
  • Describe your relevant clinical, community service or research experiences. 

 Applications without personal statements will not be reviewed.

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 in this program and in your future career goal. Two 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. This is the preferred method of receipt.


To expedite the review of your application, we will accept unofficial or personal copies of your transcripts. Please upload them on the application website in the Academic Background section. Be sure to upload transcripts from all institutions you have attended. Do not email them to us separately.

Should you be admitted to the program, official transcripts and documents will be required to complete the admission’s process. Arrange to have official transcripts and documents sent from all institutions that you have attended.

Test Scores

  • TOEFL or IELTS (for international applicants)
    Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) are required and must be sent to WVU directly from the Educational Testing Service; the WVU Institution Code for the TOEFL/IELTS is 5904.

Special Notices for International Applicants

Contact Information

For additional information about the program 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 9104
    Morgantown, WV 26506
    (304) 293-4256
Research Forrest