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Oklahoma State University
Center For Veterinary Health Sciences

Healthy Animals - Healthy People

VBS Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences prepares graduates for careers in industrial, governmental, or academic technical, regulatory or research positions. The plan of study is designed to meet the student's needs and interests and includes courses in molecular and cell biology, pathophysiology, statistics, seminar and electives.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Earned a BS or higher degree in sciences
  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores of 75 percentile on quantitative are recommended
  • 3.0 GPA or 75 percent 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 online 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 Ph.D. 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 Biomedical Researchers
      • VBSC 6110 Seminar
      • VBSC 6000 PhD Research and Thesis (up to 45 credit hours)
  • Participate in research laboratory rotations and/or select dissertation advisor
  • Select dissertation advisory committee (minimum four 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 Ph.D. Candidacy
  • Conduct Ph.D. dissertation research project and write Ph.D. dissertation
  • Present public seminar and defend Ph.D. dissertation