Required Application Material:
  • The Application via "Apply OUHSC"
  • All Official Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts
  • A Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • WES Transcript Evaluation (International Applicants Only)
  • TOEFL Test Score (Applicable International Applicants Only)

Admissions Requirements:
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant major
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of coursework

Application Material Descriptions:

The Application: Follow the step-by-step instructions to complete the online application via the 'Apply OUHSC' service via the OUHSC Office of Admissions and Records.

Official Transcripts: Official transcripts should be submitted electronically to the Office of Admissions and Records at by the applicant's institution.

Personal Statement: The personal is uploaded directly to the application. The personal statement should include the applicant's reasoning for wanting to pursue a PhD in biomedical research, rationale for applying to GPiBS specifically, highlights of any research experiences, and highlights of the applicant’s strengths and career goals.

Curriculum Vitae (C.V.):  The C.V. should highlight the applicant's academic lineage. Similar to a resume, it will list academic credentials and degrees earned, experiences and proficiencies, awards and honors, as well as work or laboratory experiences. It should clearly list research publications and presentations, if applicable.

Letters of Recommendation: Each of the referees' information will be input directly into the online application, including an active email address. The referee will be contacted directly by the office of Admissions and Records for submission of the letters of recommendation. It is strongly encouraged that the referee be a research scientist or professor that knows the applicant and can highly recommend the applicant’s abilities from personal interactions and experiences.

Research Experience: We highly recommend that applicants have research experience, which they can discuss in their personal statement. We also recommend at least one letter of recommendation from the mentor of the research project.

WES: All international students must have all undergraduate transcripts from foreign institutions processed by WES. Visit their website for details and instructions. Evaluated transcripts will be sent direct to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Office of Admissions and Records by WES.

TOEFL: International Applicants must report TOEFL scores to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center using code 6902. TOEFL scores may be waived if the application meets certain criteria. Please see the TOEFL waiver website for details.  

Optional Application Material:

Applicants may submit additional application material to accompany their application. These materials may include additional letters of recommendation (Maximum of 5 letters total), manuscripts or research publications, or standardized test scores (MCAT, GRE, etc.). Additional letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to or mailed in a sealed envelope to the GPiBS Office. Use the institutional code 6902 if reporting standardized test scores

Application Deadline:

The GPiBS Application will open in October. Applicants are encouraged to apply between December 31 and February 15 in order to ensure a complete review of the application. The Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in January and interviews are held throughout February and March. The application portal remains open until April 1, though there is no guarantee that positions in the program will still be available for late applicants. Applicants who are offered acceptance must make a final decision by April 15 to guarantee admission.

Description of a Strong Applicant:

"A strong applicant has a good GPA and a degree in the hard sciences with high grades in many of our recommended courses. A strong applicant will also have multiple research experiences in the biomedical sciences and a strong understanding of the rationale, experimentation, and findings of their research projects. While not all applicants will have high marks in all these categories, they do have an enthusiastic and motivated attitude towards research.

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*Application will open on October 1, 2018.



Step-by-Step Instructions

Office of Admissions and Records

WES Website

TOEFL Exemption Information

Financial Aid

Recommended Coursework:
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Upper Division Biology
    • Cell & Molecular Biology
    • Genetics
    • Microbiology
    • Physiology
  • Calculus
  • Physics