Master of Science Program

Non-Thesis M.S. Degree (recommended for most M.S. students): Students pursuing the Non-Thesis M.S. degree in Cellular & Integrative Physiology must complete a compulsory core curriculum composed of the following courses: Graduate Physiology (CIP 806), the 4-course BRTP curriculum (BRTP 821, 822, 823 & 824), two advanced physiology electives (choose among CIP 914-930), Physiology Seminar (CIP 970, each semester), and two graduate-level electives (minimum of 5 total credits; choose among PHAR 901-922 and CIP 814-930; other courses upon approval of the Graduate Committee). No more than 3 cr of CIP 896 can be applied toward the graduate-level electives requirement. Course descriptions can be found in Graduate Studies Bulletin. The Non-thesis M.S. degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the core curriculum and passing the comprehensive examination (writing a review article in the style of Annual Review of Physiology). This degree can be completed in approximately 1.5 yrs -- i.e. enroll fall semester, graduate at the end of the following fall semester.

Thesis M.S. Degree (recommended only for students pursuing a career involving bench research): Students pursuing the Thesis M.S. degree in Cellular & Integrative Physiology must complete a compulsory core curriculum composed of Graduate Physiology (CIP 806), at least 2 courses from the BRTP curriculum (BRTP 821-824), two advanced physiology electives (choose among CIP 914-930), Physiology Seminar (CIP 970, each semester), Research Other Than Thesis (CIP 896), and 8-10 cr of Masters Thesis (CIP 899). Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Studies Bulletin. The Thesis M.S. degree is awarded upon completing the core curriculum, passing the comprehensive examination (writing a review article in the style of Annual Review of Physiology), and completing a research project that results in a written thesis with an oral defense.

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