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

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

The D.O./M.S. program is offered to medical students interested in medical research and/or academic medicine. This degree is ideal for the future physician who wishes to maintain an interest in research while also treating patients in a clinical setting.

Students in the dual degree D.O./M.S. program, upon successful completion of required coursework, are guaranteed acceptance into OSU-COM in the following year. The student must complete one full year of M.S. requirements and maintain good academic standing with the graduate program in order to receive deferred admission.

Successful completion of the D.O./M.S. program requires fulfillment of the requirements for the D.O. medical degree and a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate credit.

The M.S. portion of the D.O./M.S. program is designed to be accomplished in approximately two years; however, all degree requirements must be completed within seven years of entering the D.O./M.S. program. The dual degree student will receive nine hours of transfer credit from the osteopathic medical program. The M.S. degree will be awarded whenever the graduate degree requirements have been accomplished, which is usually during the D.O. portion of the program.

Credit hours and required courses for the D.O./M.S. program are the same for the regular master's degree. Dual degree students are encouraged to consider the non-thesis master's degree.

Visit the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program website for more details about the programs and research being conducted.

Application Process for the D.O./M.S. Degree

Students wishing to receive deferred admission to the medical school and complete their M.S. coursework prior to the first year of medical school should indicate their interest in the D.O./M.S. degree on the OSU supplemental application for medical school. Only students who successfully complete an on-campus interview for the D.O. program will be considered for this track and will be contacted with application instructions by the admissions department after interviews have concluded.

Application Materials

  • An OSU Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program application.  Download the application now in PDF format. You may also download application instructions in PDF format. Fee is waived for students applying to the dual degree program, D.O./M.S.
  • A letter of recommendation from a person familiar with the educational background of the applicant.  Comments should be made regarding the applicant’s research experience and expected motivation and productivity in research.
  • Submit a Personal Statement that addresses (a) the applicant's research interests and (b) why the applicant desires to pursue a dual degree and (c) Account of applicant's research experience, including topics, techniques, presentations and publications, if any. Identifying graduate faculty as potential advisor is encouraged.    

Please submit the application materials listed in the above three bullet points to:

Patrick Anderson
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
Office of Student Affairs
OSU Center for Health Sciences
1111 W. 17th St.
Tulsa, OK 74107-1898

In addition to submitting the graduate application materials listed above, 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 - Feb. 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 and may substitute the MCAT for the GRE exam.

Application review process

The application review process described below is used to evaluate all applications to the graduate program.  For applicants to the D.O./M.S. and D.O./Ph.D. program, the D.O. portion of the application is evaluated by the Student Selection Committee of OSU-College of Osteopathic Medicine, which has an application review process as well (not described below).        

  • The Coordinator of Graduate Admissions forwards all applications to the Director of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, who then forwards the applications to the Chairman of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Committee (BSGC).  
  • The Chairman distributes copies of each application to the members of the BSGC, who represent the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Microbiology, and Pharmacology and Physiology. 
  • The departmental representative, who acts on the behalf of the discipline that the applicant has expressed an interest in, will inform faculty within that discipline of the application.  Discipline faculty will then have an opportunity to review the application and will inform the departmental representative of any concerns.  These concerns are then relayed to the BSGC by the departmental representative. 
  • The BSGC will formally review the application in a regular or special meeting and vote to accept or reject the application for admission into the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.  The Director will inform the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies of the status of applications to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate program.    
  • Applicants accepted into the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program will receive an acceptance letter from the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions signed by the Dean of the Graduate College and the President of OSU-CHS.

Visit the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program website

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