Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between the OSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Ohio State Biochemistry Program?

The Ohio State Biochemistry Program (OSBP) is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program with nearly 100 active faculty from more than 20 departments across campus. Many faculty from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are members of the Ohio State Biochemistry Program. However, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry does not offer a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, only a terminal Master's degree in Biochemistry. Therefore, if you want to complete your Ph.D. in Biochemistry with a qualified faculty member from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, you must apply and be admitted to the Ohio State Biochemistry Program. If you wish to pursue a terminal Master's degree in Biochemistry, you should apply to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

 

Do you accept students each semester?

Applications can be submitted only during the fall, and new students are admitted for an Autumn Semester start only. However, if you are offered Autumn Semester admission you may request an early start during the preceding Summer Term. Due to concerns regarding funding and our course curriculum, students are not permitted to begin during Spring Semester.

 

Is there a minimum GRE/GPA requirement?

The General GRE exam is required, but we do not have a minimum score requirement to apply. All materials in your application will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee, and a decision will be made based on the total package you submit. We do not require any GRE subject test scores. During the last admission cycle, the average GRE scores of those admitted were 76% quantitative, 74% verbal, and 48% analytical writing. The average GPA of those admitted was 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. 

 

 

After I submit my application, how long will it take to get the final decision of the Admissions Committee?

The deadline for application submission for Domestic and International Students is:

  • December 15

Our Admissions Committee begins to review applications in early January, and students residing in the USA will typically be invited to interview on campus during the month of February. Admissions decisions may be made any time prior to April 15. Please check your online application status regularly.

 

What types of financial aid are available?

The Ohio State Biochemistry Program offers financial aid to all new students entering the Ph.D program.  We offer competitive Fellowships and Graduate Research Associate positions.  The current OSBP stipend for the 2016-17 school year is $28,128 and fully paid tuition.  All students who submit a complete application by the specified deadline will automatically be reviewed for the University Fellowship competition.   

 

How do I apply for a fellowship?

University Fellowships:  The criteria for University Fellowship nominees have been pre-determined by the Graduate School.  Students who meet the requirements will automatically be nominated for a fellowship.  Students who are awarded a University Fellowship will receive a notification from the Graduate School as well as a notice from our program.

 

If I receive a financial aid award, which fees are waived, and are there any expenses that I have to pay myself?

Tuition and academic fees are waived for GRAs and Fellows. Fees that are not covered by the program include the COTA bus fee, student activity fee, recreation fee, and student union fee. Students are also responsible for parking passes and the shared cost of student insurance. These fees auto-deduct each month out of the student's paycheck.

 

Will I have to pay taxes on my fellowship?

Yes, most fellowships are taxable.  Students will be responsible for submitting their tax returns at the appropriate time.

 

What are my housing options? Will I be able to afford an apartment?

Graduate student housing is available on campus, though most students choose to rend an off-campus apartment. Information on on-campus housing can be found at http://housing.osu.edu/living-on-campus/graduate-professional-and non-traditional-housing. Information on off-campus housing can be found at http://offcampus.osu.edu/off-campus-living/.

 

If I need a loan to supplement my stipend, who do I contact?

Ohio State has a Student Financial Aid Office that assists students with loans. The phone number is  614.292.0300.

 

How soon after I start classes do I choose an advisor?

Students may choose a faculty advisor after completing the 3 required laboratory rotations. Each rotation lasts seven weeks, beginning at the start of Autumn Semester. You may contact our faculty in advance of your arrival to arrange lab rotations, but the rotations must be completed prior to selecting a permanent advisor.

 

What is the average time to graduation?

The PhD is typically received in about 5-7 years. A number of measures are currently underway to reduce the average time to graduation.

 

What type of jobs do students from the OSBP get after graduation?

About 2/3 of our graduates take a position as a Post-doctoral Researcher, with most of the rest accepting a research job in industry.

 

If I am invited for an on-campus interview, will my trip be paid for?

Yes, we will provide a full reimbursement of travel expenses for prospective students interviewing on campus during our recruitment events. Details will be provided with your invitation.

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