The graduate program is part of the College-wide Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, a multidisciplinary program intended to provide broad opportunities for graduate study to address individual student interests. The program is administered within The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences but may involve faculty outside of the College.
Programs of research and study leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) are available within three broad areas of focus: infectious diseases, pathobiology, and physiological sciences. Current areas of research strength and focus include: infectious diseases, tick-borne diseases, toxicology, pharmacology, lung biology, and parasitology.
The plan of study for either the M.S. or Ph.D. degree is designed to meet the student's needs and interests and typically will include courses in biochemistry, biochemistry techniques, statistics, and seminar.
For the Ph.D. degree, written and oral qualifying examinations are required. Students must prepare a research proposal and complete a dissertation based on original research. Normally the OSU Graduate College requires 90 credit hours, including research thesis hours, to fulfill the requirements for a Ph.D. degree. Graduate students holding a D.V.M. or equivalent degree, however, receive a waiver of 30 credit hours towards the Ph.D.