The purpose of this program is to help prepare students for success in gaining admission to medical, dental, or veterinary school.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Oakland University Graduate School by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
- February 15 (early), April 15 (regular) and July 15 (late) for fall semester
- October 1 (early) and November 15 (regular) for winter semester
- March 1 (regular) for summer semester
- International applicants: March 1 for fall semester, September 1 for winter semester, and January 1 for summer semester.
Applications for fall semester that are received after the due date may be reviewed, subject to space availability.
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Additional department application requirements
- Applicants should have earned a bachelor’s degree in biology or related subject (e.g., biomedical sciences, health sciences, biochemistry, molecular biology, botany, or zoology) from a regionally accredited institution or proof of a U.S. equivalent degree for internationally educated applicants.
- Applicants with an earned bachelor’s degree in another discipline must have completed 5 lecture courses in biology, 2 lecture courses in college-level mathematics, 1 lecture course in physics, and 3 lecture courses in chemistry. Applicants with undergraduate prerequisite course deficiencies in these areas must complete the preparatory coursework before being admitted to the program.
- Applicants should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- An essay (goal statement) describing their interest in the program and career goals.
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 with the appropriate academic background and evidence of the capacity for graduate study may be considered for admission with limited standing. Applicants who qualify for this admission status must complete a specified number of graduate credits, with a GPA of 3.0 or above within the first year of their program, to be advanced to full admission.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.
One course (3 or 4 credits) may be transferred to the graduate certificate from a regionally-accredited institution providing it meets the criteria set forth by Oakland University for graduate transfer credits.