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Doctorate 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 Ph.D. program will take interdisciplinary graduate courses, a comprehensive qualifying examination, conduct research with a faculty mentor, present research seminars and write and publicly defend a dissertation. 


In addition to the course requirements, doctoral students are required to write a research proposal that describes their research interest, research methods and any data collected up to the time of writing the proposal.


Students also must pass a qualifying examination that consists of both a written and oral component.


The following courses are required for all Ph.D 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



Successful completion of the Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The Ph.D. program is designed to be accomplished in four years. All degree requirements must be completed within nine years of entering the program.


• 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 deadline: Jan. 15

Cost & Assistance

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


Stipend support is limited and available on an annual competitive basis. Stipends are awarded for 12 months, from July 1 through June 30. Stipends may be awarded for full or partial amounts. 


Stipend Requirements
• Only students working towards the doctorate degree are eligible for stipends
• Must be enrolled full-time for the entire year
• Must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and maintain good academic standing
• Normally, students receiving stipends are not employed and are expected to work full-time at the OSU Center for Health Science. However, eligible students receiving another source of income may apply for stipends. For example, students employed as instructors in the biomedical sciences (e.g., adjunct instructors at TCC) are eligible for stipends. However, these students should not teach more than one course per semester.
• Students are strongly encouraged to apply for extramural funding by the end of the first year of stipend support, and if necessary, each year thereafter.
• Full stipends will not be extended beyond 5 years


Tuition & Financial Aid

Stipend Support Application

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