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

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Sciences

Students in the Ph.D. program take required courses and courses in a specific area of interest. Additionally, Ph.D. students take a comprehensive qualifying examination, perform original research under the guidance of a faculty mentor of their choosing, present a research seminar and write and publicly defend a dissertation.

In addition to the conventional biomedical sciences track, an Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology track is offered in the Ph.D. degree program. Students pursuing this track are trained to teach human anatomy at the university, college or professional level. Additionally, students will gain experience in vertebrate paleontology research under the guidance of a graduate faculty mentor. 

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

Transfer Hours

Ph.D. students possessing a bachelor’s degree may transfer up to nine hours of graduate credit from an accredited institution, whereas students possessing a master’s degree may transfer up to 30 hours of graduate credit.  In both cases, transfer credit must be approved by the advisory committee and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Students transferring graduate credit must have been enrolled in a graduate program at another institution and the course or courses transferred must be recognized as graduate courses by that institution.  Additionally, students must have earned a grade of “B” or better in all transferred graduate courses. Ph.D. students with a bachelor’s degree may transfer more than nine hours if the graduate courses were taken in a graduate program offering a Ph.D. degree. Ph.D. students must complete at least 30 hours of course work at OSU-CHS, which must include all required courses.

Time of study and residence requirements

Full-time students typically complete the requirements for a Ph.D. degree in four years. However, students must complete all Ph.D. degree requirements within nine years. Additionally, students must be enrolled as a full-time student in one of the last two years of their program of study.

Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology Track

There are differences in the course work requirement depending on whether you are in the Biomedical Sciences or Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology Track.

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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