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Life Sciences 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 Office of Admissions.

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 telephone interview, science course GPA, cumulative GPA, letters of recommendation and standardized test scores.

Application Deadline

The application for Spring 2023 is open until December 10, 2022.

The application for Fall 2023 will be open until July 22, 2023.


Get Started on Admission

  •   Class Prerequisites

    Successful completion of the following coursework with a grade of "C" or higher in each course:

    • English: Minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Biology: Minimum of 8 credit hours
    • Inorganic Chem: Minimum of 8 credit hours (including lecture and lab)
    • Organic Chem: Minimum of 8 credit hours (including lecture and lab)
    • Biochemistry: Minimum of 3 credit hours
    • Physics: Minimum of 8 credit hours (including lecture and lab)
    • Math: Minimum of 3 credit hours (college algebra or higher)
    • Probability and Statistics: Minimum of 3 credit hours (only for VBMS applicants)
  •   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 course work.

    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 telephone interview.

  •   Supplemental Application Requirements
    • 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 May 2018 - score of 492 and above
      • Oldest GRE considered is May 2017 - 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  •   What is the schedule for the Graduate Anatomical Science Program?

    The LMU-MS Program follows both the Undergraduate Calendar and the Professional Schools Calendar (LMU-DCOM and LMU-CVM)

    Undergraduate Calendar can be found here: Academic Calendar 2021-2022

    LMU-DCOM Calendar can be found here: DCOM Academic Calendar

    LMU-CVM Calendar can be found here: LMU-CVM Academic Calendar

  •   Is there a dress code for classes?

    For Class: Business Casual is preferred, but not mandatory.

    Please keep in mind that you are taking classes with LMU-DCOM faculty and students.

    For Lab: Scrubs are mandatory, no specific color or pattern

    • Close-toed shoes (Use your own judgment on what type)
    • Nitrile Gloves

    For Veterinary Anatomy Lab: Scrubs or professional dress are mandatory

    • - Close-toed shoes (Use your own judgment on what type)
    • - Gloves
    • - White Coat
  •   Does LMU have mental health counseling services?

    LMU Counseling Services are available to help students with personal, career and academic concerns that affect academic success and quality of life. All services are confidential. During orientation, all counseling services are fully explained to students by both the LMU-MS Office of Admissions and Student Services and LMU Counseling Services.

    For more information and to schedule an appointment: Schedule an Appointment

  •   Can I live on campus at LMU?

    LMU-MS Program students wishing to reside in University housing may choose to apply for The University Inn Apartments. The University Inn Apartments is a 126-unit apartment building located in historic Cumberland Gao, approximately 1.5 miles from the LMU campus. It has 96 one-room studio apartments and 30 two-room apartments.

    Housing Information and Application

  •   Can I work while I'm a graduate student?

    The curriculum of the MS at LMU is designed to enhance a student's academic qualifications. All classes are preparatory coursework for professional school and other post-graduate goals. It is strongly recommended that students are not employed during the duration of the program. This ensures that the student will be able to focus 100% on their studies.

  •   Are there any related volunteer opportunities?
  •   Is there a health insurance requirement?

    All students are required to have health insurance prior to matriculation and through graduation. Students are responsible for costs associated with services rendered. Students who seek medical attention may do so with any facility of their choosing based on their needs and health insurance coverage.

Contact Us

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