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Oklahoma State University
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

Healthy Animals - Healthy People

VBS PhD Program

Program Admission Requirements

  • Earned BS or higher degree in sciences
  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores of 75 percentile on quantitative are recommended
  • 3.0 GPA or 75% of the maximal GPA is recommended
  • Statement of purpose stating how earning a graduate degree in VBSC will further your education and career goals
  • Three letters of reference from individuals able to assess your potential success in graduate studies
  • Probationary admission status may be awarded to those not having these credentials dependent on recommendations of the VBSC program faculty

Graduate College Admission Requirements

Domestic and Permanent Residents

  • Must complete an application for admission
  • Non-refundable application fee of $40 for the first on-line application
  • One original transcript from each college or university attended

International

  • Must complete an application for admission
  • Non-refundable application fee of US$75 for the first application submitted
  • One original transcript from each college or university attended
  • A TOEFL or IELTS score
  • A Financial Affidavit is required for applicants expecting to be F1 or J1 visa holders prior to an I-20 being sent

Degree Requirements

  • BS or MS or higher degree in sciences or DVM (or equivalent) is required.
  • The PhD requires a total of 60 credit hours, including required coursework:
    • VBSC 5013 Veterinary Biomedical Sciences I: Cell and Molecular Biology
    • VBSC 5023 Veterinary Biomedical Sciences II: Pathophysiology
    • STAT 5013 Statistics for Experimenters I
    • STAT 5083 Statistics for Experimenters II
    • VBSC 6110 Seminar
    • VBSC 6000 PhD Research and Thesis (up to 45 credit h)
  • Participate in research laboratory rotations and/or select dissertation advisor
  • Select dissertation advisory committee (minimum 4 members)
  • Develop Plan of Study including required and elective coursework
  • Complete required and elective courses to meet credit hour requirements
  • Pass written and oral qualifying exam and present research topic to dissertation advisory committee
  • Apply for Admission to PhD Candidacy
  • Conduct PhD dissertation research project and write PhD dissertation
  • Present public seminar and defend PhD dissertation