When to Apply

Apply early! Applications are reviewed and students are admitted for summer admission on a rolling basis.

  • All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by December 1 
  • The final deadline for both U.S. and non-U.S./international applicants is February 1

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

Preference is given to applicants that have a minimum of one full-year of hypothesis-driven research experience, academic presentations and/or publications.

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).

Not sure you’re ready for graduate school?

The Discovery Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is an National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded program that provides an intense paid research experience in outstanding research facilities with leading investigators at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. This one-year program also provides comprehensive professional development experiences and workshops to strengthen professional skills in order to excel in research and graduate school. Overall, this experience is designed to prepare individuals for admission into a biomedical sciences PhD program.

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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.

International students MUST have a designated faculty mentor willing to fund a stipend, tuition and fees for 5+ years of the program before applying. In order to do this they would have to find an Ohi State faculty member on their own that is willing to sponsor them. The international student deadline is Feb. 1.