Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences (D.O./Ph.D.)

D.O./Ph.D. students 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.

In general, students in the D.O./Ph.D. degree program begin by completing the first two years of the medical school curriculum.  Students then pursue the requirements for a Ph.D. degree and, after completing these requirements, will continue on to the third and fourth years of the medical school curriculum.   

The requirements for the Ph.D. degree component of the D.O./Ph.D. degree are similar to those described on the Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences page. However, there are some requirements that are unique to the D.O./Ph.D. degree program.

D.O./Ph.D. students are required to complete all of the medical school courses offered in the first and second year of the medical school curriculum  During the first and second year of medical school, D.O./Ph.D. students are required to take Medical Biochemistry and two other medical school courses of their choosing, for graduate credit (i.e., students must sign up for the BIOM section of the course).  The courses taken in the first two years account for 30 semester hours of graduate credit toward the Ph.D. degree.  An additional 30 semester hours of graduate course work must be completed by taking both required and elective courses.  D.O./Ph.D. students may take up to nine hours of special topics and four hours of seminar.

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

Transfer Hours

D.O./Ph.D. students receive 30 hours of graduate credit for the medical school courses taken in the first two years of the medical school curriculum. Therefore, D.O./Ph.D. students are typically not allowed to transfer graduate credit from other institutions. However, under specific circumstances, additional transfer credit may be approved by the advisory committee. Under these rare circumstances, the transfer credit must comply with the transfer guidelines as stated for the Ph.D. program. Required courses must be taken at OSU-CHS

Time of study

The Ph.D. portion of the D.O./Ph.D. program, which includes graduate courses, comprehensive qualifying examination, research and a dissertation, will take approximately three years. Thus, the time for completion of the D.O./Ph.D. degree program is approximately seven years. All D.O./Ph.D. program requirements must be completed within nine years.

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 four members of the Graduate Faculty (they must be Members of Group VI in order to participate on an advisory committee). One member of the advisory committee should be an outside member. The outside member cannot be a faculty member in the Division of Biomedical Sciences at OSU-CHS. Outside members must be selected from faculty in Forensic Sciences or OSU-Stillwater and must be a member of the Graduate College.

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 28 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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