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Admissions for PhD Biomedical Sciences


What do I need to do before I apply?

Admission to the PhD program prefers an undergraduate degree in the natural sciences that demonstrates competence in the areas of biology, chemistry and biological chemistry.

Applicants should have had courses that include most (but not necessarily all) of the following:

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Physics
  • Calculus

Note that the Biomedical Sciences program does not have a Master's program. Only the PhD is offered, or an MD/PhD dual degree through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

The General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. (Information on this test can be obtained online at: http://www.gre.org/.) Register early for whichever test you plan to take to get your preferred date and location.

There is no minimum GRE score required but the average scores of those accepted are in the 60th or 70th percentile.

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) can substitute for only those admitted to the MD/PhD program. An earned, cumulative grade-point average (GPA) equivalent to at least 3.0 out of 4.0 in all previous undergraduate college-level course work is required by the OSU Graduate School. If the student’s undergraduate GPA is below the minimum, the student may be eligible for admission if the graduate program considers performance on the GRE to be satisfactory. (The average GPA of students accepted is a 3.55.)

For international students: TOEFL: 600 paper, 100 IBT; MELAB: 86; IELTS: 8.0 is required. On the recommendation of the Graduate School, Ohio State is implementing a graduate conditional admission policy for international applicants whose English language proficiency is marginally below the university’s required levels, i.e. below TOEFL 79-80 iBT, or 550 PBT.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take the GRE exam? If so, what parts are required?

Yes. You need to take the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing portions of the GRE.

Can the MCAT replace the GRE?

Only if you are applying to the MD/PhD program can the MCAT replace the GRE.

What is the institution number for the GRE scores?

You need to use the Ohio State University institution number (#1592). We do not have an individual department number.

Where should I send my GRE scores?

The Ohio State University
Graduate Admissions
PO BOX 182004
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2004
Telephone: 614-292-9444
Fax: 614-292-3895

Does it matter how long ago I took the GRE?

Yes. We accept GRE scores from the past 5 years.