Graduate Pathway in Comparative Health Sciences

Do you want to study for a degree in the United States but need to improve English language skills or test scores? A Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed at a US university. Students are guaranteed progression to a graduate degree program through curriculum consisting of credit-earning courses. We provide full integration with domestic and international students on campus from highly trained university instructors and tutors while giving you academic support throughout the program.

The Graduate Pathway in Comparative Health Sciences gives international students a chance to improve their English before continuing on to the master's degree program at Oregon State University.


3-Term Pathway Curriculum

ALS 162 Academic Reading and Writing 3
ALS 161 Academic Listening and Speaking 3
BI 314 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BB 331 Introduction to Molecular Biology 3
  Topics in Comparative Medicine 2
  Total 15
COMM 111 Public Speaking 3
WR 327 Technical Writing 3
ST 351 Introduction to Statistical Methods 4
TBD Laboratory Rotation 4
GRE Prep 0
Total 14
WR 362 Science Writing 3
BI 213 Principles of Biology 4
NUTR 420 Human Nutrition 3
NUTR 421 Applications in Human Nutrition 1
Introduction to Research Topics 3
Total 14

Degree Program Components

  • 45 credit hour program (M.S.); 108 credit hour program (Ph.D.)
  • 0 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 45 credit hours remaining towards degree (M.S.); 108 credit hours remaining toward degree (Ph.D.)

Career Paths

A Graduate Pathway in Comparative Health Sciences is for students with a strong interest in career-oriented research. As a graduate, you might find work in the following fields:

  • Human and animal health
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Biology
  • Science



Graduate Pathway in Comparative Health Sciences

How do I qualify?

The entry requirements below are for the 2016-17 academic year.

GPA: 3.2 overall AND in final year of study
Undergraduate degree: Any undergraduate degree will be considered. Students should have a strong university-level biology background
Standardized test scores: None 
TOEFL iBT: 70 (16 subscores) 
IELTS:  6.0 (5.0 subscores)
Academic English: Level 5 (C grades in all classes)

Visit OSU's website for direct entry requirements.


Graduate Pathway in Comparative Health Sciences

When can I start?

2018-19 Dates and Prices

Program  Start Dates Tuition
 3-Term Pathway September 13, 2018 $30,900


Graduate Pathway in Comparative Health Sciences

What are the progression requirements to the university's graduate degree program?

After successfully completing the Pathway program and any additional requirements, you can enter an OSU graduate program. This transition to university from an INTO program is called progression.

You must meet the following Oregon State University Pathway Progression criteria in order to progress:

Academic Requirements:
  • 3.5 GPA cumulative in all Pathway courses and Comparative Health Sciences courses AND
  • C (or Pass) or higher grades in all Pathway courses
Language Requirements:
  • B or higher grades in all English language courses OR
  • TOEFL iBT 91 (18 subscores) (PBT not accepted) OR
  • IELTS 7.0
Standardized Test Requirements:
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) overall score of 301 with 146 in the verbal section and 3.0 in the analytical writing exam

What are my degree options after completing the INTO Pathway?

The INTO OSU Graduate Pathway in Comparative Health Sciences is designed to provide a route to a research M.S. or Ph.D. in Comparative Health Sciences.

This program provides an opportunity for students to be trained in multidisciplinary approaches to investigating biological and medical problems. The CHS program will offer both MS and PhD degrees and focus at the whole animal level, particularly the use of animal models of disease.

Students enrolled in the MS degree will complete a total of 45 graduate credits, including 12 thesis credits. Students enrolled in the PhD degree will complete a total of 108 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s or professional (DVM, MD) degree, including at least 36 credits of non-blanket course work

Finding the right professor and research facility is a big decision. This program will help students find placement in a facility that matches their research goals by offering them a chance to explore several different research environments and investigators to consider for their thesis research.

This exploration takes place in the first year while they complete a core curriculum of courses such as: Research Perspectives, Methods of Data Analysis, Biomedical Ethics and more. The core curriculum also offers choices of electives courses such as: Molecular and Cellular Biology Techniques, Introduction to Bioinformatics, Introduction to Epidemiology and more.

The Comparative Health Science program is an interdisciplinary program currently housed in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Research at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to solving some of the world's most challenging animal and human health issues. Find out more about OSU’s signature areas of research.

Find out more about OSU's signature areas of research.

How will an INTO OSU Pathway and an OSU degree program prepare me for success after my studies?

Whether you complete a master's or PhD, you'll have the chance to explore solutions to complex problems involving the interfaces between biosciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and engineering. Through hands-on research laboratory experience, you'll be able to develop animal models to study human diseases like diabetes, HIV, and tuberculosis.

Career paths might include:

  • Professor
  • Researcher (Private industry or academia)
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