Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University
MD/PhD Combined Program

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Changes to Enhance the M.D./Ph.D. Option

The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has historically offered an option for students who wish to obtain both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Previously, students were required to apply to both programs separately; however commencing with applications for the 2013 entering class the process has changed. Students interested in pursuing the combined degree will check off the corresponding box on their AMCAS application.  When Marshall receives the applications, they will be flagged for review by a subcommittee consisting of members of the medical school admissions committee and the graduate studies committee. This subcommittee will make decisions regarding interviews and in turn, make   recommendations for admission to the joint degree program to their respective parent committees. An MCAT score of 30 or higher is required.

It is anticipated that two new M.D./Ph.D. candidates will be admitted each academic year.

In addition to changing the procedure for admission to the M.D./Ph.D. track, there will be new incentives for highly-qualified applicants who are admitted and stay in the M.D./Ph.D. track.  These include a waiver of tuition for the entire length of the program (typically seven years) and a yearly stipend equivalent to the Ph.D. stipend (currently $23,000) for all years of the program.  Students in this track will be involved in course work, research activities and/or clinical training for the entire calendar year for the duration of the program.  Also, students will be required to submit an M.D./Ph.D. fellowship grant application before the end of their third year of study. 

As a state-assisted medical school, Marshall gives preference to West Virginia residents. However, well-qualified nonresidents from states adjoining West Virginia, nonresidents who have strong ties to West Virginia or  students who are introduced to our school through our out-of-state recruitment pipeline and outreach programs are eligible for consideration.  Regardless of their state of residency, applicants are considered only if they are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident visas.

For more information, contact Cindy Warren, Assistant Dean for Admissions at  or Richard M. Niles, Ph.D. Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education at