Is graduate assistantship funding available for Master's students?

No, 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.

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.

Is an application fee waiver available?

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. International applicants must meet a minimum English language proficiency requirements for regular admission or qualify for for waiver from English language testing as outlined below . 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.)
  • IETLS - 6.5
  • Duolingo - 110 (Must include sub-scores.)

Waived from English Language Testing

The English language proficiency exam requirement is waived for applicants who hold either citizenship or a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a recognized or accredited institution in any of the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Overseas Territories, British Virgin Islands, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Montserrat, Namibia, Nigeria, New Zealand, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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

Waivers for applicants from 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, an official English language proficiency exam score that meets the minimum requirement for regular admission 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 your application. There is a field in the application in which to select a faculty advisor. A list of faculty who are accepting thesis and non-thesis Master's students is published under How to Apply and in the application.

What is the deadline for submitting an application?

The application for the Fall 2025 term opens mid-September 2024. New cohorts begin each Fall term. We do not typically offer admission outside of Fall term.

The deadline for applying to the on-campus M.S. program is February 1, 2025. 

How do you decide which applicants to accept?

Acceptance in our Master's program is on a competitive basis and limited by the number faculty who can accept students in the upcoming academic year. We take into consideration GPA, English language proficiency score (if required), letters of recommendation, research experience, and the applicant's career and education goals.

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

Review of applications and admission decisions for the Master's program takes place February through late spring with the majority of decisions made by March. We strive to update each applicant with the status of their application as soon as 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. 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.

What are my health insurance options?

All 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.