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Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences Admissions

Learn more about admission requirements, application deadline and transfer hours for the biomedical sciences doctoral program. Application materials must be submitted online through the OSU Graduate College.

Application Deadline

  • January 15


How to Apply

Application materials must be submitted online through the OSU Graduate College.

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  • Completed baccalaureate degree
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed coursework in the physical and life sciences (e.g., biology and chemistry)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (LOR) preferably from professors and/or supervisors familiar with your academic ability, work ethic, and skills. One LOR should be from a current faculty who indicates their support. (Applicants only need to provide their recommenders’ email addresses. Recommenders will then be emailed a link from which to upload their letter.)
  • Submit statement of purpose describing your personal career goals and how the master’s degree will support those goals, a brief description of experience or qualifications, and your desired faculty mentor (see requirement details below).
  • Applicants are encouraged to identify and contact a potential faculty mentor prior to application submission. This individual should be mentioned in the applicant’s cover letter, which can accompany the statement of purpose. A letter of support/recommendation from the potential mentor is also highly encouraged (see faculty mentor selection considerations below).

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).


Students are encouraged to review our Faculty Research profiles to identify a faculty mentor and laboratory prior to submission of their application.  When selecting a mentor, students should consider the following: What are my needs as a student and researcher? Confirm that your prospective mentor has current interests that complement your own. Ask about your prospective mentor’s ability to provide resources (time, funding, etc.) to support your research.  Consider your prospective mentor’s academic rank, tenure status, current mentoring load, and connections with individuals in the types of jobs you’d like after graduation. What relationship does this faculty member seem to have with the intellectual community of the department, and with graduate students in particular? 


Transfer Hours

Please review policy 5.0 in the Graduate College Catalog.


Statement of Qualifications, Goals & Objectives

Upload to your application a one- to two-page, typed, double-spaced essay that addresses the following questions:

  •  What are your career goals?
  • How will the program help you in achieving your goals?
  • Why are you applying to this program?
  • What personal strengths will help you attain your goals?
  • What personal challenges do you face in achieving your goals?


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