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Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences
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.
Successful completion of the Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 90 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree or 60 hours beyond the master’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.
Learn more about admission requirements, application deadline and transfer hours.
Students in the doctoral program will take a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of coursework, which includes required courses and courses in a specific area of interest. Additionally, doctoral students will pursue their own research in an area of interest with a graduate faculty mentor of their choosing. The research component of the Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of research and dissertation.
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
In addition to these required courses, students must take additional coursework and research hours as described below:
Ph.D.: 60 credit hours total (minimum 30 hours of coursework and a minimum of 30 hours of research)
View a list of available biomedical sciences courses and descriptions
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.
Biomedical sciences graduate students should submit a plan of study to the BSGC prior to completing 28 hours of graduate credit.
Biomedical sciences graduate students identify an advisor and work with the advisor to assemble an advisory committee, identify a research project and determine a plan of study. The advisory committee must be selected prior to beginning the second year of the program and consist of at least four members with one member from the School of Forensic Sciences or OSU Graduate College in Stillwater.