Translational Science Graduate Studies

PhD or PhD/PharmD Program


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in translational science at The Ohio State University prepares students who have obtained a PharmD, or are a current PharmD student at Ohio State. Training allows students to conduct studies at the interface between the laboratory and the clinic through educational (course work) and research components.


The training program has both educational (course work) and research components. The course work provides a foundation in therapeutics, research design, fundamentals of grant writing, biostatistics and research ethics, with additional coursework tailored to each student's research interests. Conducted under the direction of two mentors, each student's research program includes both a patient-based research component and a complementary basic, laboratory-based research component. Research results will be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Financial Aid

Financial support is granted on a competitive basis as a graduate research or teaching assistant.

  • 12-month appointment
  • Stipend
  • Tuition and fees waived


A limited number of fellowships are available.

Advanced level graduate students who are pharmacists may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program (LRP). LRP awardees must commit at least 50% of their time (at least 20 hours per week based on a 40-hour work week) for two years to the research. For more information visit

Admissions Guidelines

December 15 Autumn semester application deadline

Applicants who have completed a PharmD should apply to the PhD program only.

Applicants seeking a combined PharmD /PhD must apply to both the PharmD and PhD programs and should indicate that an application has been made to both programs.

All applicants

  • PharmD degree or a current Ohio State PharmD student
  • GRE test scores
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation

International Applicants

  • Proof of proficiency in English
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 100 (Internet-based)

International students who are awarded graduate associateships are required to take a Spoken English examination, and must complete a series of classes the first two semesters if minimum requirements are not met.


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