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Oklahoma State University

Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Program Overview

The Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program provides a multidisciplinary graduate program of excellence in the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, providing a broad base to address individual student interests. Our goals for the future include continued development of a nationally renowned program of animal health and biomedical research.

Building upon the foundation of an outstanding training program in veterinary medicine, we see extraordinary opportunities for growth and for a greater contribution to the quality of life in many parts of the world. Human and animal health can be enhanced through biomedical research utilizing the tools of comparative medicine, comparative and functional genomics, and other modern approaches to disease pathogenesis. Working with the livestock and poultry industries, we strive to increase the numbers and improve the health and productivity of food animals to help meet the nutritional requirements of the six billion or more people who inhabit the earth. 

As society has become increasingly sensitive and demanding about the quality of our foods and increasingly intolerant of potentially dangerous food additives, and of poisons that contaminate the environment, veterinary and biomedical research have come to assume greater responsibility and greater leadership in preventive medicine and public health.

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Who We Are

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBSC) graduate program offers MS and Ph.D. students paths to careers in animal and human health through research in focus areas of:

  • Clinical Sciences
  • Infectious Diseases/Parasitology
  • Physiology
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Toxicology/Pharmacology

Sixty faculty participate as teachers and mentors for 30 to 40 students in the program, which is recognized for excellence in training students in biomedical sciences by the National Research Council study of doctoral programs. The CBSC program offers students learning opportunities and research training tailored to their interests. CBSC students hold bachelors or master’s degrees in biological science or DVM or equivalent veterinary degrees and come from all over the world to study at Oklahoma State University.

Degrees Offered

Student Handbook

View the CBSC Graduate Student Handbook.

Application Information

  • Application deadlines are February 15 for the fall semester and July 15 for the spring semester.
  • Applications are accepted at any time; however, fall semester admission is most typical.
  • Applications should be made through the OSU Graduate College Admissions website.
  • Official transcripts (of all college-level courses and degree completion) and scores for TOEFL need to be sent to the OSU Graduate College.
      • The TOEFL is for applicants for whom English is a second language. The score on this exam demonstrates an acceptable level of spoken English. A score of 22 or greater on the speaking portion of the internet based TOEFL is required.
  • A statement of purpose needs to be uploaded through the college net application. The statement of purpose should explain why the applicant is seeking graduate studies in CBSC and how earning such a degree will further their educational and career goals.
  • The names and email addresses of the three people giving the three letters of reference should be entered into the college net application. These should be from persons knowledgeable about the character and educational background of the applicant and able to express an opinion on the suitability of the applicant for graduate studies.


Graduate Program Coordinator

Beth Kelly

112A McElroy Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078