Prospective Students

Application Deadlines

Application Term



Summer 2024

December 1, 2023


Autumn 2024

December 1, 2023


The application portal for Autumn 2024 will open at the beginning of August. Application materials received after the admissions deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Biophysics typically makes offers to 12-14 funded students for fall semester.  

Students applying for the Biophysics Masters Program are not eligible for program or University Fellowship funding.

Fee waivers are available through the Biophysics Program for domestic students with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and above. Please submit your unofficial transcript to for authorization. Please be sure to apply in advance of the admissions deadline in order to receive a fee waiver, fee waivers will not be issued after November 30, 2023, 12:00pm EDT. We are not offering fee waivers for international students at this time. 

Minimum Admission Requirements

Historically, most of our biophysics graduate students completed their undergraduate degrees in physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, or biology. However, we have admitted students who have obtained degrees outside of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M) fields. Our admission criteria for graduate studies in biophysics focuses more on a student’s ability, experience, and motivation. We value applicants who can demonstrate strong mathematical and communication skills. For applicants to our program, it is essential to have strong mathematical skills to translate scientific inquiry and strong communication skills to convey experimental results. Applicants that do not meet our minimum admission standards can still considered for admission if they demonstrate significant research and publication experience.

International Applicants

  • The Graduate Admissions English Proficiency site has the most up to date requirements for Ohio State's English proficiency requirements. An English proficiency exam is required for international students unless they are a U.S. citizen, or have obtained a 4-year bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. Institution, or an approved English-speaking country: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Singapore, Scotland, the United States and Wales.
  • Equivalent "B" undergraduate grade point average
  • GRE test is optional

Domestic Applicants

  • 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average
  • GRE test is optional

Not sure you’re ready for graduate school?

The Discovery Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is an National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded program that provides an intense paid research experience in outstanding research facilities with leading investigators at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. This one-year program also provides comprehensive professional development experiences and workshops to strengthen professional skills in order to excel in research and graduate school. Overall, this experience is designed to prepare individuals for admission into a biomedical sciences PhD program.

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