Application for the 2021/2022 Academic Year

  • Applications open on September 1, 2021
  • Completed applications are due December 15, 2021
  • Applications are only accepted for admission for the Fall semester

Applications are electronically submitted. The preferred browsers for this website are Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to:

  • Office of Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6009 | Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
    Phone: 304-293-2121 | Fax: 304-293-8832


The Biomedical PhD programs are pleased to announce that we no longer require GRE scores for admission. Further, we will not consider these scores in admission decisions even if they are provided.

Admission is competitive and we receive many more applications than we have positions available. Upper level coursework in the sciences, math, and/or engineering is strongly recommended. Competitive applicants have STEM GPAs of 3.5 or higher and a strong record of research experiences. Applications are reviewed holistically; we consider the applicants ability to be successful in our curriculum and as a future scientist.

WVU Biomedical Sciences PhD Application Video

Application Materials

The online application site allows to you monitor your application to see that it is complete. Please check to make sure that all materials are being received.

Personal Statement

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.

Scientific Interests

Describe how past experiences have motivated you to choose a career in science.


For each previous experience describe:

  • The scientific question
  • Your role
  • Results and conclusions
  • Length of the experience

Career Goals

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

Additional experiences/information

  • Significant service and leadership activities
  • Accomplishments and awards
  • Overcoming past problems or obstacles
  • Be sure to explain gaps in your resume

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. These should come from professors or supervisors who can evaluate your performance in coursework and/or research, and your potential to be a successful graduate student. 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.


To expedite the review of your application and invitation to interview, we will accept unofficial or personal copies of your transcripts. Please upload them on the application website in the Supplemental Materials 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.

English Proficiency Test Scores

International applicants who completed their bachelor’s degree at an institution in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand do NOT need to provide these scores. Applicants from all other countries regardless of the language of instruction must submit an English proficiency test score. Applicants who have only completed a master’s degree in one of the countries listed above, must still submit English proficiency scores.

WVU institution code for TOEFL or IELTS score reporting is 5904

Application Review Process

Review of applications begins in November and continues until all positions are filled. For maximum consideration, we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

Qualified applicants will be invited to a virtual interview during the months of December, January, February and March. 

Special Notices for International Applicants

Contact Information

For additional information about our programs or the status of your application once it has been forwarded for review, please email:

Research Forrest