Do you accept master’s students?

Yes, although master's students do not receive funding and should plan to be fully self-supported. A limited number of Graduate School scholarships and awards are available on a competitive basis but should not be relied upon as the primary funding source.

A list of faculty who are accepting thesis and non-thesis master's students is published under How to Apply.

Is the GRE required?

No, our program does not require the GRE.

Is Pharmaceutical Sciences a STEM program?

Yes, Pharmaceutical Sciences is categorized as a STEM program by the U.S. Department of Education and Homeland Security.

Can I request an application fee waiver?

For domestic students, application fee waivers are available through the Graduate School only in limited circumstances. More information can be found here.

International applicants can check with their local EducationUSA advising office to see if there are educational opportunity programs or local recommendations to fund study in the United States. Our program is unable to offer application fee waivers.

Can you evaluate my transcripts or resume before I apply?

We are unable to review transcripts or other materials outside of the official application process.

Are international applicants required to take the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam?

Our program follows the English language proficiency requirements set by the OSU Graduate School. All international applicants and applicants who did not receive a degree in the U.S. (or other English speaking country; see list below) must meet the following English language proficiency requirements for admission. The OSU Graduate School accepts scores from TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo. 

  • TOEFL PBT - 550
  • TOEFL iBT - 80 (Minimum score of 18 on each sub-section. For applicants awarded a GTA, a minimum speaking sub-score of 22 is required.)
  • IETLS - 6.5 (A minimum speaking score of 7.0 is required for applicants awarded a GTA.)
  • Duolingo - 110 (Must include sub-scores.)

The English language proficiency requirement is waived for applicants who are from one of the following English speaking countries: Australia, Canada, Ghana, New Zealand, Nigeria, and United Kingdom.

Can the English language proficiency exam requirement be waived if my program of study was conducted in English?

The English language proficiency requirement is automatically waived for applicants who can provide transcripts showing they have earned an overall GPA greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for two or more full-time semesters/quarters in a rigorous undergraduate or postgraduate program in the U.S. or from one of the following English speaking countries: Australia, Canada, Ghana, New Zealand, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom.

Waivers for applicants in other countries are considered on a case-by-case basis if the medium of instruction was English. If you are admitted to our degree program, we have the ability to submit a petition with the Graduate School for a waiver. We may choose not to request a waiver, and any waiver submitted to the Graduate School is not guaranteed to be approved.

If we do not request a waiver, or a submitted waiver is denied, official language test scores that meet the minimum requirement must be provided before being fully admitted to the university.

Do I need to contact a faculty member prior to submitting an application?

It is not necessary to contact a faculty member prior to submitting an application for our Ph.D. program. Individual faculty members do not independently accept doctoral students into our program. Once a completed application is received by the OSU Graduate School, it is forwarded to the College of Pharmacy Graduate Studies Committee for review by committee.

A list of faculty who are accepting thesis and non-thesis master's students is published under How to Apply. It is not necessary to contact a faculty member prior to submitting your application. There is a field in the application in which to select a faculty advisor.

What is the deadline for submitting an application?

The application for the Fall 2024 start term will open mid-September 2023. New cohorts begin each Fall term. We do not typically offer admission outside of Fall start term of each academic year.

  1. The deadline for applying to the Ph.D. program for domestic and international applicants is January 1.
  2. The deadline for applying to the M.S. program for domestic applicants is TBD.
  3. The deadline for applying to the M.S. program for international applicants is TBD.

How do you decide which applicants to accept?

Acceptance to the graduate program is on a competitive basis and preference is given to domestic (U.S.) applications. Only the best applicants are considered, and of those, we can only accept the number of students we have space for. We take into consideration the GPA, English language proficiency score (if required), letters of recommendation, research experience, and other relevant information. We may receive hundreds of applications each year and can accept only five to eight doctoral students and a limited number of master's students.

When will I receive an update on the status of my application?

Review of applications and admission decisions for the Ph.D. program continues through late spring. Applicants to the Master's degree program can expect to hear admission decisions February - May. We will be in touch with all applicants with a status update as soon as additional information is available.

What is the tuition for graduate school?

Graduate tuition and fee rates are available online at Graduate Tuition and Graduate Fees. More information can be found at the OSU Tuition and Fees website.

Domestic students may find the OSU tuition calculator helpful.  Doctoral students typically register for 16 credits each term throughout the academic year and 5 credits during summer term. Master's students will typically register for 9-16 credits throughout the academic year with summer term optional. Tuition and fee rates typically increase each year.  Students can review current graduate rates at the OSU Tuition and Fees website.

Is a B.Pharm. or a bachelor of science of pharmacy sufficient preparation for the Ph.D. program?

Yes. However, admission for international students is highly competitive in our program. It has been our experience that the Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) degree from many countries does not provide an appropriate training to ensure success in a research-based Ph.D. program. Therefore, international applicants with a B.Pharm degree but with no proven research experience would be less competitive.

What are my health insurance options?

Doctoral students appointed as Graduate Research Assistants, Graduate Teaching Assistants, or Graduate Fellows are automatically enrolled in the required healthcare coverage provided through PacificSource. A waiver is available if a student has a comparable coverage plan. 

All other international graduate students (and their dependents, if applicable) are required to maintain healthcare coverage and will be automatically enrolled in the student healthcare plan provided through PacificSource.

Domestic graduate students are strongly encouraged to maintain healthcare coverage and can enroll in the student health insurance plan offered through PacificSource.