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Life Science Research Master's Program

The Life Science Research major is ideal for the graduate student who is planning to earn his or her Doctor of Philosophy degree or pursue special research topics. Students participate in foundational graduate courses that will help them to understand and use the primary literature of the Life Sciences. In the Life Sciences Research Master's program, you will work closely with graduate faculty who can guide you in developing your scholarly writing skills and in completing a thesis research project.

At Lincoln Memorial University, we want you to pursue the master's level research that interests you, there are no requirements to partner with faculty on existing research projects. We encourage you to use the faculty's expertise in research to your advantage to help guide your own passion while you complete the Life Sciences Research Master's Program.

A total of thirty graduate credit hours are the minimum requirement to complete this master's program. For more information regarding the Life Science Research major please contact the Director of Admissions and Student Services.

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Admission to the Life Science Research Graduate Program

The Lincoln Memorial University Master of Science Program (LMU-MS) seeks to attract and train future practitioners to serve the needs of the southern Appalachian region. We seek to achieve these goals by recruiting bright, hard-working applicants whose goal is to advance the science and art of medicine in these locations. It is our firm conviction that our graduates will be lifelong learners who will become leaders in their fields of endeavor and within their communities.

At LMU-MS students will receive a rigorous, demanding and rewarding education in a new, state-of-the-art facility by faculty who are national leaders in the profession with several decades of experience. Each applicant to the Master of Science program is evaluated holistically by their chosen program's Admissions Committee. Committee members carefully consider each required element of the application package including a video conference or in-person interview, science course GPA, cumulative GPA, letters of recommendation and standardized test scores.



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  •   Class Prerequisites

    A completed bachelor’s degree from an institution with regional accreditation or equivalent verification in the case of international degrees. 

    Degrees from foreign countries must follow LMU’s policies for certifying international degrees and/or credit. Any transcripts from institutions located outside of the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) prior to submission to Postbac Cas. Successful completion of the following coursework with a grade of "C" or higher in each course:


    Minimum undergraduate course work in the natural sciences and mathematics:

    • Mathematics six (6) credit hours at the College Algebra level or higher

    • Biological Sciences minimum eight (8) credit hours with labs

    • Chemistry 16 credit hours including eight (8) credits of Organic Chemistry or four (4) credits of Organic Chemistry with labs and three (3) credits of Biochemistry

    • Physics eight (8) credit hours of algebra- or calculus-based with labs


    Recommended undergraduate course work (these are pre-requisite courses for certain graduate courses):

    • Probability & Statistics

    • Molecular Genetics

    • Physiology

  •   Grade Point Average(s)

    Students will be considered for admission with GPAs of the following:

    Science GPA 3.0 or better, Cumulative GPA 3.0 or better or evidence of a trajectory of improved academic performance, especially in science coursework.

    If English is not the applicant's native language, the international student must submit her/his official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This score will also be considered holistically along with the other elements of the application package. The applicant must also display proficiency in spoken English during the interview.

  •   Supplemental Application Requirements
    • Both verified Postbac CAS application and secondary application must be completed before the application moves on to be reviewed. Secondary application link will be emailed after receipt of verified Postbac CAS application.
    • Official transcripts from all Colleges or Universities where credits were attempted must be sent and verified by PostbacCAS.
    • 2 Letters of recommendation must include one letter from a science professor. The second letter is the applicant's choice. Interfolio letters are also accepted. Pre-med committee letters can be submitted in lieu of 2 letters of recommendation.
    • Standardized test score (exempt for VBMS applicants)
      • Oldest MCAT considered is within the last three years - score of 492 and above
      • Oldest GRE considered is within the last three years - score of 292 and above with a writing score of 3.5 and above
        *Scores from the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) and the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) will also be considered.
    • Personal Statement must professionally articulate how the MS program will benefit your educational and career goals.
      • All applicants will be reviewed on a holistic basis. This includes evaluating your non-academic factors such as leadership experience, research and shadowing. The LMU-MS program does not have any minimum cutoffs.

Contact Us

LMU-MS Program Office of Admissions
Phone: 1.800.325.0900 ext. 6586
Fax: 423.869.7091