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

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.

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

Application Process for the D.O./Ph.D. Degree

Students wishing to apply for the D.O./Ph.D. program should indicate their interest in the D.O./Ph.D. 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.

Application Materials for the Ph.D. portion

  • Applicants submit their application online. The application is found on the web at the OSU Graduate College.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the educational background of the applicant.  At least one letter should contain comments regarding the applicant’s research experience and expected motivation and productivity in research. Letters of recommendation submitted to the DO program can be forwarded to the School of Biomedical Sciences, if requested.
  • Submit a personal statement that addresses:
    • The applicant's research interests
    • Why the applicant desires to pursue a dual degree
    • An account of applicant's research experience, including topics, techniques, presentations and publications, if any. Identifying graduate faculty as potential advisor is encouraged.    

In addition to submitting the graduate application materials listed above, dual degree students must apply separately to the D.O. program.

Consult the D.O. admissions page for a complete list of application materials and procedures. Dual degree students 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.      

The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Committee 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.

Visit the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program website

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