Admission to the M.S. or Ph.D. program in Cellular & Integrative Physiology requires a bachelor's degree (or higher) in science from an accredited college or university. Students should have completed the following undergraduate courses (or their equivalents): 

  Required Courses Recommended Courses



Training through the level of integral calculus


2 semesters of organic chemistry

1 semester of biochemistry
Physics 2 semesters of physics  --

2 semesters of biology (preferably in the zoological sciences)

1 semester of mammalian physiology

The Cellular & Integrative Physiology Graduate Committee may require that deficiencies in the undergraduate coursework be eliminated during the first year of graduate study.

Applicants to either the M.S. program or the Ph.D. program must submit official transcripts and scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), with a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale or a minimum Verbal + Quantitative GRE score (1000 using 200-800 score scales, or 295 using 130-170 score scales). Individuals accepted into our graduate program over the past seven years have GRE scores averaging 1236 (200-800 score scales; M.S. program = 1127; Ph.D. program = 1259).

Individuals for whom English is a second language must meet or exceed the minimum score requirement on either the TOEFL (100 on iBT, 250 on CBT, or 600 on paper-based test) or the IELTS (7.0 Overall Band Score).

The Cellular & Integrative Physiology Graduate Committee renders admissions decisions based on all information submitted as part of the application process. No single factor has overriding impact on this decision; rather, students are selected for admission on the basis of composite science and math GPA, overall undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and the personal statement (see application form). The personal statement should reflect interest in Cellular & Integrative Physiology, including relevant experience and/or educational training. Performance in graduate-level courses is also given consideration.