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 beginning Summer Session of the year applying or Fall semester of that year.

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

 Application review begins January 15.

  • Final Summer Deadline: April 1
  • Final Fall Deadline: 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, summer session 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. 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. This is the preferred method of receipt.


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.

Please arrange to have your transcripts mailed to:

Please note: The WVU Medical School does not enroll international students for the MD or the MD/PhD Medical Scientist Program.

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
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