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Master's in Biomedical Sciences

The OSU School of Biomedical Sciences offers a broad foundation of training in the areas of anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology. Graduates from our programs have a wide range of career opportunities including biomedical education and research in universities, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.


Students in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Sciences degree program take required courses and elective courses in a specific area of interest. Students conduct original research under the guidance of a biomedical sciences’ graduate faculty advisor.


The M.S. program has a thesis option, non-thesis option or anatomy and vertebrate paleontology track option. 

Thesis Option: Requires a minimum of 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of research and thesis. Students pursuing this option will conduct original research, culminating in a written thesis that is presented as a seminar and publicly defended.


Non-thesis Option: Requires a minimum of 30 hours of course work and two hours of research. Students pursuing this option will present a research project to their advisory committee.  The non-thesis option does not require a public defense of the research project.


Anatomy & Vertebrae Paleontology Track: Train to teach human anatomy at the university, college or professional level, and gain experience in vertebrate paleontology research under the guidance of a biomedical sciences’ graduate faculty mentor. Thesis option only.


The following courses are required for all M.S. students in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program:

  • BIOM 6922 Scientific Communication in the Biomedical Sciences
  • BIOM 6622 Research Ethics and Survival Skills for the Biomedical Sciences
  • BIOM 5003 Statistics in Biomedical Sciences


Research and Faculty

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Faculty participating in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program have a diverse range of research interests spanning several academic disciplines including neuroscience, immunology, microbiology, physiology, pharmacology, cellular biology and molecular biology.

Meet our Anatomy and Cell Biology faculty

Meet our Biochemistry & Microbiology faculty

Meet our Pathology faculty

Meet out Pharmacology & Physiology faculty



Admissions to the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences is competitive and limited spots are available. 
Admission requirements:
• Completed baccalaureate degree
• GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Completed coursework in General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics


International students for whom English is a second language are required to have earned a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 (213 computer based or 79 Internet based).


Application opens March 1
Application deadline May 31

Cost & Assistance

Oklahoma resident and non-resident tuition rates are applicable to students in the School of Biomedical Sciences.


Tuition & Financial Aid

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