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Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Sciences

The M.S. program in Biomedical Sciences has two options, and each option has different course work and research requirements that total 32 semester credit hours.

Thesis option – This option requires a minimum of 24 hours of course work and eight hours of research and thesis.  Students pursuing this option will also conduct original research, present a formal research seminar, write and publicly defend a thesis.

Non-thesis option – This option requires a minimum of 30 hours of course work and two hours of research.  Students pursuing this option will present a research project to their advisory committee.  The non-thesis option does not require a public defense of the research project.

In addition to the conventional biomedical sciences track, an Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology track is offered in the M.S. 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.  There is no non-thesis option in this track.

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

Transfer Hours

Students in the M.S. degree program may transfer a maximum of nine hours of graduate credit from an accredited graduate program at a different institution.  Transfer credit must be recommended by the advisory committee through submission and approval of the plan of study and approved by 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 graduate courses transferred.  All required courses must be taken at OSU-CHS.

Time of study and residence requirements

The minimum time for a student to complete the M.S. program (recognizing the sequence of required courses) is one and a half years.  However, full-time students typically complete the M.S. degree program in two years.  Students in the M.S. program are expected to enroll as a full-time student in at least one semester and complete the degree requirements within seven 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 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.

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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