Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/
Doctor of Philosophy (D.O./Ph.D.)
The D.O./Ph.D. program is offered to medical students interested in medical research and/or academic medicine. Areas of emphasis include: biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology. This degree is designed for the future physician who desires to see patients in a clinical setting while still maintaining an active interest in research.
The Ph.D. portion of the program is designed to be completed in approximately three years; however, all degree requirements must be completed within nine years of entering the dual degree program. The D.O./Ph.D. student is required to successfully complete all basic science medical courses in order to fulfill the requirements of the D.O. degree. These basic science courses provide 30 semester hours of graduate credit toward the Ph.D. degree. An additional 30 semester hours of graduate courses are required. No more than nine hours of special topics and four hours of seminar can be taken for credit. This 60 hours of course work, and the minimum of 30 hours of Research and Dissertation, comprise the 90 graduate credit hours necessary for the Ph.D. degree. Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in their biomedical coursework. An academic review will occur in May at the end of each year of coursework to evaluate the progress of the student in the program. The D.O./Ph.D. student is required to enter the Ph.D. portion of the program after completing the first two years of the medical curriculum.
All other coursework, credit hours, research proposal, and qualifying examination requirements are the same as outlined in the Ph.D. program requirements and restrictions.
Application Process for the D.O./Ph.D. Degree
In addition to submitting the graduate application materials listed in the Biomedical Ph.D. portion of the view book, dual degree students must apply separately to the D.O. program. The student must submit an AACOMAS application online at www.aacom.org
- AACOMAS application deadline - February 1, the year of matriculation
- AACOMAS application fee - $175
Consult the D.O. admissions page for a complete list of application materials and procedures. Dual degree students are not required to pay the $40 graduate application fee. D.O./Ph.D. students may apply upon acceptance to medical school or within their first two years of medical coursework.
Initial inquiries and correspondence and all formal application materials should be sent to:
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
Office of Student Affairs
OSU Center for Health Sciences
1111 W. 17th St.
Tulsa, OK 74107-1898