About this Program

Explore the dynamic field of biomedical sciences in this cutting-edge interdisciplinary doctoral program. Core coursework integrated with seminars and laboratory rotations expose students to the breadth of biomedical inquiry prior to pursuing advanced research concentrations. In this interdisciplinary program, students will be required to master a broad knowledge of basic biomedical sciences. Integration of coursework is reinforced by laboratory experiences and seminars that highlight the interdisciplinary relationship and approach to biomedical research. The student progresses from a set of core courses to advanced courses in their chosen concentration and an in-depth doctoral research project. Under guidance of the graduate faculty, the student will integrate knowledge from the broad spectrum of biomedical disciplines into his or her focus in an area of specialization.

Program Highlights

  • Students choose from six competitive concentrations: Bioelectrical Science, Bioinformatics & Genomics, Biological Chemistry, Microbiology & Immunology or Stem Cell Research & Regenerative Medicine, and One Health.

  • Work with award winning research faculty

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Doctor of Philosophy
Delivery Modes


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Biomedical Engineers

$92,970 Median Salary

Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.

Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

$93,010 Median Salary

Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Biological Scientists, All Other

$80,200 Median Salary

All biological scientists not listed separately.


What are the requirements to apply for Biomedical Sciences at ODU?
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Biomedical Sciences should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

Admissions Requirements

Students admitted to the program should ordinarily hold a B.S. degree in one of the life sciences, including biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, chemistry or microbiology. The requirements for admission to the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program are as follows:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a B (3.00) average on a 4.0 scale. Students with advanced degrees are encouraged to apply.
  2. Transcripts of coursework only from institutions awarding a bachelor's or master's degree.
  3. A statement of personal goals and academic objectives.
  4. Writing sample on a science related topic (from a course or from your research experience).
  5. Resume listing all degrees earned and work experience.
  6. Three letters of recommendation on letterhead, preferably from faculty members at colleges attended who are familiar with the applicant's academic and research capabilities.
  7. A completed application form.
  8. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test scores, sent directly from ETS to the ODU International Graduate Admissions Office. Test scores must accompany applications for non-native English speaking candidates with a degree issued outside of the United States.

Consideration of applicants for entrance into the fall semester will begin December 15th and continue until the class is filled. The closing date to receive complete applications is February 1st. Spring and summer entrance on a case-by-case basis is only allowed for Post-M.S. students. Applicants must be accepted by an ODU mentor before applying. Please email all questions regarding this special process. Please note that students who are currently enrolled in master's study either at the University or another institution are strongly encouraged to complete their degree before applying to the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program since the acceptance of all graduate credits previously earned cannot be guaranteed Students holding a bachelor's degree in another, related field such as computer science, mathematics and physics may need to take leveling courses in the biological and chemical sciences or pursue master's level work in those fields. Both the Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry Departments offer master's degrees.

For Admission to the Biomedical Sciences Program


Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). English Proficiency Requirement for Non-Native Speakers of English, 84 internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)


Three letters of recommendation

Writing Sample



Transcripts of coursework only from institutions awarding a bachelor's or master's degree.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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Research and Teaching Assistantships

Students on research or teaching assistantships may be eligible for a tuition waiver.

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