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?


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

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 additional English language proficiency requirements for admission. The OSU Graduate School accepts scores from TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo.  However, any international student who wishes to be considered for funding MUST take the internet-based TOEFL test.

  • 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.

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 PhD 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 master's faculty advisor.

What is the deadline for applications?

The application for the Fall 2023 start term will open Wednesday, September 14, 2022. New cohorts begin each Fall term.

  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 May 1.
  3. The deadline for applying to the M.S. program for international applicants not planning to continue to Ph.D. is March 1.

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.

What is tuition for graduate school?

Graduate tuition and fee rates for the 2022-2023 academic year 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 for Summer term 2023 are not yet available but students can review current graduate rates for Summer 2022 at the OSU Tuition and Fees website for reference.

Is a B.Pharm. or a bachelor of science of pharmacy sufficient preparation for the graduate 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 a Graduate Research Assistant, Graduate Teaching Assistant, or Graduate Fellow are automatically enrolled in the required healthcare coverage provided through PacificSource.

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. A waiver is available if a student has a comparable coverage plan. 

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