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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (D.O./M.S.)

Students in the D.O./M.S. program must complete requirements for both the D.O. medical and M.S. graduate degrees.  The requirements for the D.O. degree can be viewed at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine website. Students in the D.O./M.S. degree program may choose to do either the non-thesis or thesis option for the M.S. degree.

The requirements for the M.S. degree component of the D.O./M.S. degree are similar to that described on the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences page. However, there are some requirements that are unique to the D.O./M.S. degree program. In general, students pursuing a D.O./M.S. degree will take 20 semester credit hours of course work in the first year of the program.  Students in good academic standing at the end of their first year will matriculate into the D.O. program as first year students (MS-1) the following year.

Nine semester credit hours will be transferred from the course work taken in the first year of the D.O. degree program (i.e., year 2 of the D.O./M.S. degree program) and applied towards the M.S. degree.  D.O./M.S. students are expected to complete the requirements for the M.S. degree in the summer term between the first and second year of medical school (i.e., between MS-I and MS-II years).  Failure to do so will delay entrance into the second year of medical school.

For admissions information, visit the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program admissions page.

Transfer Hours

Since nine hours of graduate credit will be transferred from the medical school courses taken in the D.O. program, D.O./M.S. students are typically not allowed to transfer graduate credit from other institutions. However, under special circumstances, additional transfer credit may be approved by the advisory committee. All required courses must be taken at OSU-CHS.

Time of study and residence requirements

D.O./M.S. students are expected to complete the M.S. portion of the degree in two years (i.e., the summer between MS I and MS II) and the entire program within seven years. The M.S. degree is conferred when the graduate degree requirements are complete.

Important information

Biomedical sciences graduate students should identify an advisor and work with the advisor to assemble an advisory committee and identify a research project. Students also work with the advisory committee to determine a plan of study. The advisory committee must be selected prior to beginning the second year of the program. The advisory committee should consist of at least three members of the Graduate Faculty (they must be Members of Group VI in order to participate on an advisory committee).

Fill out an Advisory Committee Appointment Form (PDF download) and turn it in to the Director with the names and initials of committee members.

Read the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences page for more information.

Plan of Study

Biomedical sciences graduate students should submit a plan of study to the BSGC prior to completing 17 hours of graduate credit.  Students may turn in the POS to the Director, who will forward the POS to the BSGC for review.  Fill out a Plan of Study for Graduate Studies (PDF download) form and obtain signatures from each advisory committee member. 

Download a Plan of Study Checklist.

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