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1.  What is the time frame for the degree?

The M.S. in Health Sciences is a 12-month degree spanning 3 consecutive semesters, including the entire summer. If a student is accepted for summer, May admission, their first semester would be in the summer and they could complete the program the following May. If a student is admitted for Fall, August admission, they could graduate the following August.

2.  Does successful completion of the program guarantee me an interview with a professional or graduate school admission's committee?

No, the goal of the program is to enhance your knowledge as well as provide additional skills to help you reach your goal.  The program cannot guarantee that you will receive offers for interviews or admission to any program.

3.  Will I take a course to prepare me to take MCAT, DAT or GRE tests?

Yes, students have the opportunity to take the Kaplan test preparation course while working on their M.S. degree. These involve online courses that have a strong reputation for success.

4.  Are the costs of test preparation courses included in my tuition?

The program will share the cost of these courses with the student.  You do not need to register for a WVU course to do this so there will be no additional tuition payment.

5.  What do I do during summer session?  What courses do I take?

The required summer courses are Independent study and Professionalism in Health Care. Students may take 1-2 elective courses depending on their interest. The summer is also a time when students work on career development skills and participate in community service.

6.  Is this program only for science majors?

Not necessarily.  The list of suggested pre-requisites is:

  • 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 Physiology and Biochemistry

These courses can be required by PROFESSIONAL degree programs such as the MD or DDS and graduate programs in science. Contact us with a list of the science courses that you have taken and your grade and we would be happy to evaluate this for you.

7.  Do I have to do the program as a full-time student?

We highly recommend that you complete the program in one year as a full-time student, especially if you are receiving financial aid and if your goal is to apply to a professional school.  While we can offer some flexibility, courses that are part of the core curriculum are only offered at specific times.  Students have found enough time in the program to work part-time.