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Biomedical Sciences  Doctoral


What is Biomedical Sciences at WVU like?


Graduate education in the Biomedical Sciences at West Virginia University offers you the unique opportunity to explore multiple disciplines and areas of research in the biomedical sciences but to also fast track into a dissertation laboratory and a graduate program within one semester.

The Biomedical Sciences at West Virginia University Health Sciences Center have a long history of excellence in graduate education. Our goal is to give students a strong start and then provide them the resources to achieve their own goals.

  • All students have a faculty advisor until they choose their dissertation mentor, so that a system of mentorship is always in place.
  • Graduate school begins with a week-long orientation that helps students develop as a team, meet a variety of potential faculty mentors, and develop key skills for success in the first semester curriculum.
  • All students use the Individual Development Plan (IDP) to develop and monitor their acquisition of key transferable skills for success The student and advisor revisit the IDP annually.
  • Our laboratories are small for personal, one-on-one training. Excellence in mentoring is stressed with all faculty and programs to enhance their skills and improve the advisor/student relationship.
  • We support strong core facilities to allow all students access to state-of-the art equipment and expert advice to conduct their experiments and learn new techniques.
  • Students in good academic standing are supported in their dissertation laboratory for the duration of their time in graduate school.
  • Students take a scientific writing course and are educated in writing grant applications.
  • Students are provided multiple opportunities to present their research.
  • All students graduate with at least one first author publication.
  • All students complete an Experiential Learning course to provide guidance in discerning a career and to better inform their research questions.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: December 1

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    School of Medicine
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What are the requirements to apply for Biomedical Sciences at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Biomedical Sciences graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose

Additional application considerations:

The personal statement should highlight your scientific interests, research experiences that informed these interests, your motivation for continuing your education and for choosing the Biomedical Sciences graduate programs at West Virginia University, and potential career goals. Applications without personal statements will not be reviewed. The personal statement is uploaded in the online application and should include the following:

1) Scientific Interests: • Describe how past experiences have motivated you to choose a career in science.

2) Research For each previous experience describe: • The scientific question • Your role • Results and conclusions • Length of the experience

3) Career Goals: • How does obtaining a PhD support your goals? • Describe role models or mentors that assisted in the discussion.

4) Additional experiences/information: • Significant service and leadership activities • Accomplishments and awards • Overcoming past problems or obstacles • Be sure to explain gaps in your resume

Certain application requirements may be waived based on a preliminary review of an application by program.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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