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.

D.O./Ph.D. degree program

Applicants to the D.O./Ph.D. degree program apply to the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. degree program and College of Osteopathic Medicine simultaneously.

Application procedure:   

  • 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./Ph.D.
  • 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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