Admissions Criteria

As a state-assisted medical school, Marshall gives preference to West Virginia residents. A limited number of well-qualified nonresidents from states adjoining West Virginia and nonresidents who have strong ties to West Virginia will be considered. Applicants are considered only if they are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident visas. Other nonresidents are not considered.

In accordance with section 504 of the Rehabilitative Act of 1973 (PL 93-112) and following careful review of the 1979 report by a Special Advisory panel on Technical Standards of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and incorporating the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA PL 101-336) enacted by Congress in 1990,  the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (MUJCESOM or School of Medicine) has adopted minimal technical standards for the assessment of all Medical Degree candidates (henceforth referred to as Candidates) to the School of Medicine. A Candidate at MUJCESOM must be capable of acquiring and demonstrating all program objectives across the six core competencies, which include medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, professionalism, and systems-based practice with or without reasonable accommodation due to disability.

Candidates to the MUJCESOM are selected based on their academic, personal, and extracurricular dimensions. In addition, Candidates must have the intellectual, physical, and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the school’s curriculum and for a successful medical career.

Essential abilities and characteristics required for the completion of any Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree require certain minimum physical and cognitive abilities as well as sufficient mental and emotional stability to assure that Candidates for admission, retention and graduation are able to complete the program and participate fully in all aspects of medical training. 

A Candidate must have abilities and skills in observation; communication; motor; conceptual; integrative; and quantitative; and behavioral and social as outlined below.

The following abilities and characteristics are defined as Technical Standards, which are a part of the school’s requirements for admission, retention, and graduation:

A.  OBSERVATION: Candidates must be able to acquire information from demonstrations and participate in experiments of science, including but not limited to such things as dissection of cadavers; examination of specimens in anatomy, pathology, and neuroanatomy laboratories; and microscopic study of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states. Candidates must be able to accurately acquire information from patients and assess findings.  They must be able to perform a complete physical examination in order to integrate findings based on this information and to develop an appropriate diagnostic and treatment plan. These skills require the use of vision, hearing, and touch or the functional equivalent.

B.  COMMUNICATION: Candidates must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with patients, their families, health care personnel, colleagues, faculty, staff, and all other individuals with whom they come in contact. Candidates must be able to obtain a medical history in a timely fashion, interpret non-verbal aspects of communication, and establish therapeutic relationships with patients. Candidates must be able to record information accurately and clearly; and communicate effectively and efficiently in English with other health care professionals in a variety of patient settings.

C.  MOTOR FUNCTION: Candidates must, after a reasonable period of training, possess the capacity to perform physical examinations and diagnostic maneuvers. They must be able to respond to clinical situations in a timely manner and provide general and emergency care. These activities require adequate physical mobility, coordination of both gross and fine motor neuromuscular function and balance and equilibrium.

D. INTELLECTUAL-CONCEPTUAL, INTEGRATIVE, AND QUANTITATIVE ABILITIES: Candidates must be able to assimilate the detailed and complex information presented in the medical student curriculum. They must be able to learn through a variety of modalities including, but not limited to, classroom instruction; small group, team and collaborative activities; individual study; preparation and presentation of reports; simulations and use of computer technology. Candidates must be able to memorize, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, and transmit information. They must recognize and draw conclusions about three- dimensional spatial relationships and logical sequential relationships among events. They must be able to formulate and test hypotheses that enable effective and timely problem-solving in diagnosis and treatment of patients in a variety of clinical settings and health care systems.

E.  BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES: Candidates must demonstrate the maturity and emotional stability required for full use of their intellectual abilities. They must accept responsibility for learning, exercising good judgment, and promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to their curriculum and to the diagnosis and care of patients. Candidates must display characteristics of integrity, honesty, attendance and conscientiousness, empathy, a sense of altruism, and a spirit of cooperation and teamwork. They must understand and demonstrate understanding of the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of medicine and function within both the law and ethical standards of the medical profession. Candidates must be able to interact with patients and their families, health care personnel, colleagues, faculty, staff, and all other individuals with whom they come in contact in a courteous, professional, and respectful manner. The candidate for the MD degree must accept responsibility for learning, and exercise good judgment. Candidates must be able to contribute to collaborative, constructive learning environments; accept constructive feedback from others; and take personal responsibility for making appropriate positive changes. Candidates must have the physical and emotional stamina and resilience to tolerate physically taxing workloads and function in a competent and professional manner under highly stressful situations, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and manage the uncertainty inherent in the care of patients and the health care system.

If a student is unable to maintain satisfactory progress due to inability to meet technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations, the candidate will be referred to Academic and Professional Standards Committee as they review the candidate’s performance.

It is the responsibility of a Candidate with a disability as soon an offer of acceptance is received and accepted, to request accommodations through the MUJCESOM Office of Student Affairs in order to meet these technical standards (  Accommodations will only be applied from effective date of approval.


1.  MD Candidates will review and sign that they have read and understand the Technical Standards upon acceptance.

2.  MD Candidates will review and sign that they have read and understood the Technical Standards upon matriculation, M2 orientation, M3 orientation and prior to their M4 year.

3.  Re-affirm the Technical Standards upon reentry to JCESOM after any leave of absence from JCESOM.


As a State of West Virginia medical school, MUJCESOM gives interview preference to West Virginia residents.

A limited number of interviews will be available to well-qualified nonresidents in the following categories:

  • Residents from bordering states: Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
  • Nonresidents who can demonstrate strong ties to West Virginia. Examples of strong ties include:
    • Previous residency in West Virginia
    • Attended or are attending a college or university in West Virginia
    • Close family members that currently live in West Virginia

Applicants to the MD/PhD program will be considered regardless of their legal state of residency.

All applicants (BS/MD, MD, MD/PhD, and Early Assurance) must be US citizens or have permanent resident visas.

Please refer to WV Higher Education Policy Commission’s Residency Classification For Admission and Fee Purposes to determine the requirements for residency status. 

Any additional questions may be directed to:

Ms. Cindy Warren
Assistant Dean of Admissions
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Office: 304-691-1738

Interviews are arranged only by invitation and upon recommendation by the Interview Selection Workgroup. 

The purpose of the interview is to assess personal characteristics that are pertinent to the admissions decision. The interview experience allows the applicant an opportunity to become acquainted with the medical campus in a general way, and at the same time provide the Admissions Committee better insight into his/her personal interests and attitudes. 

Each candidate is evaluated holistically and while the reviewers/interviewers seek a balance of the attributes defined below, this list is neither exclusive nor exhaustive: 

Personal attributes Experience Academic Metrics
Work Ethic
Communication Skills
Rural Background
Community Service
Distance Traveled
Life Experience

GPA  ≥ 3.0
Competitive MCAT (See Profile of Entering Students)

*Preferred but not required


  • Applicants selected for interviews will be invited to two live virtual interviews with different interviewers.
  • Interviews will be conducted via secure Zoom during the weekday as scheduled by the Admissions Office.
  • Each interview may last up to 45 minutes.  Interviews will be consecutive with a fifteen minute break in between.
  • In addition to the interview session, applicants will be required to meet with current medical students via Zoom for discussion.  This will be scheduled separately from the interviews and will include a student-guided video tour of the campus.
  • The applicant will be given direction about the live virtual interview, including an agreement of terms and conditions that must be signed in advance of the interview.

Information on how to prepare for the virtual live interview can be found in the AAMC publication:  

Virtual Interviews:  Tips for Medical School Applicants


The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required and is used along with other data to predict success in preclinical course work.

Certain exclusions apply for the MCAT requirement. Applicants from the Early Assurance program and the BS/MD program who meet specific program criteria are exempt from the MCAT requirement.

The MCAT must be taken within three calendar years prior to matriculation. Applicants are encouraged to review the Profile of Entering Students to determine competitiveness for acceptance.


A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is preferred. 

Students participating in a pathway program that has minimum GPA requirements must maintain the GPA requirements defined for that program.


All applicants to Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will be required to complete Acuity Insights Assessments as part of the application to all MD programs (Regular MD, BS/MD, MD/PhD, and EAP). 

Acuity Insights Assessments is a standardized, multi-part online assessment that measures different competencies and attributes that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. These assessments will complement the other tools that we use for applicant review and evaluation. In implementing Acuity Insights Assessments, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

Acuity Insights Assessments consists of:

  • Casper: 90-110 minute online, open-response situational judgment test
  • Duet: 15-minute value-alignment assessment*

*Duet is NOT required to apply to our program.  The AAMC PREview exam or other situational judgement tests may NOT be substituted for Casper.

How to complete the Casper

In order to take the Casper assessment, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities and a reliable internet connection with an internet speed of at least 1.5 Mbps and upload speed of at least 2 Mbps. You will require the following for both account creation and completing Acuity Insights Assessments:

  • Government-issued photo ID (English/French) for account validation
  • Valid email address (the same one you will use to submit your application)
  • Desktop or laptop computer
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection
  1. Please go to to sign up for Acuity Insights Assessments.  You will register for CSP-10111 Professional Health Sciences, under your specific country, and register using your AMCAS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID. 
  2. Select a Casper test date. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times, which have been pre-arranged/approved by your program(s) in accordance with their admissions timelines. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your Casper test based on your program selection(s). There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly and that you have used for your application; there may be updates to the test schedule.
  • Important: To account for identity verification and payment processing timelines, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended.
  1. Ensure you have selected Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine for distribution before the posted distribution deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up-to-date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on
  2. Please direct any inquiries on Acuity Insights Assessments to Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right corner of your screen on the website.

Accommodations: Applicants requiring testing accommodations to complete their Acuity Insights Assessments should submit an Initial Request Form (Part 1 and 2) at least four (4) weeks prior to their scheduled Casper test date. More information regarding the accommodations policy can be found in this help article here.


Three letters of recommendation from faculty who have taught the applicant are required. 

A premed advisory letter packet is acceptable provided they contain the three aforementioned individual letters.   Additional pertinent letters of recommendation are welcome, however are not required.  Letters of recommendation should be written by individuals who can speak to the applicant’s qualifications for entering the field of medicine. 

We participate in the AMCAS Letter Service and receive letters electronically.   All letters must be submitted through AMCAS by December 15 of the year prior to matriculation.