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Admissions for PhD Biomedical Sciences

Selection Process

What happens after my application is complete?

As soon as an application is complete, the Graduate Studies Committee reviews the application. The Committee decides to invite the applicant to visit the program, to reject the applicant, or to defer action.

For applicants invited to visit the program, the office will communicate with the applicant so that arrangements can be made for the applicant to meet with appropriate faculty and visit research facilities of interest.

Admissions Decisions

Part of the admission decision is based on several relatively objective criteria such as undergraduate and graduate GPA, GRE scores, level of difficulty and relevance of coursework to the program, extent, nature and productivity of previous research experience (e.g., publications and presentations), and quality of the educational institutions at which the student studied. More subjective criteria are also taken into consideration: personal statement, letters of reference, the student’s commitment to research, understanding of graduate education, commitment to a career in research, and personal maturity.

Every student accepted is offered an annual stipend and a full waiver of tuition and fees. During the first year, this has been paid by the program, but in subsequent years the student’s dissertation advisor pays the stipend from a research grant, and the College of Medicine pays the tuition and fees. Currently, we have funds to support 30 students during the first year of study, and we have been successful in obtaining fellowships for many.

As a policy, the graduate program will only admit students who have guaranteed funding for at least the first year of study. This funding could be from the Biomedical Sciences program, or individually arranged support, such as from a faculty member sponsoring an international applicant. Support for subsequent years is the responsibility of the student's Dissertation Advisor.

How many students apply? How many students are selected?

On average, 25 students are admitted/year.

Does Biomedical Sciences accept transfer students?

Rarely. Because students are admitted as a cohort, once/year, it is difficult to transfer into the Program.

Is there a minimum GPA?

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 in the incoming class of 2011 was 3.55)

Is there a minimum GRE or MCAT score?

No. However, our average GRE scores for those accepted are in the 60th or 70th percentile.

Am I a competitive candidate for the program?

Part of the admission decision is based on undergraduate and graduate GPA, GRE scores, level of difficulty and relevance of coursework to the program, extent, nature and productivity of previous research experience (e.g., publications and presentations), and quality of the educational institutions at which the student studied. Also taken into consideration are: personal statement, letters of reference, the student’s commitment to research, understanding of graduate education, commitment to a career in research, personal maturity, and an on-campus interview.

When will I know if I’ve been accepted?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.