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Physiology & Biophysics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #98 (QS) , MA,
The Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the Boston University School of Medicine offers programs leading to the PhD or MA. Each program stresses laboratory training and original research performed under the direction of a faculty member, as well as satisfactory performance in graduate coursework.


In the first and second years of both the PhD and MA programs, a core curriculum of Foundations in Biomedical Sciences courses is supplemented with biophysics and physiology. The program emphasizes flexibility and individual choice. In the first year, students do research rotations in the laboratories of 2–3 (MA) or 3–4 (PhD) faculty members to gain firsthand knowledge of a variety of research areas.

At the end of the first year, students select a degree advisor and begin research toward the MA or PhD degree. In the second year students continue to take courses and PhD students must pass a qualifying exam. Throughout their training, students also participate in a weekly department seminar series and report their research progress annually at a student seminar day.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
  • Experimental Design and Statistical Methods
  • Neurobiology of Aging
  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Professional Skills for Students in the Biomedical Sciences
  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • An unofficial, English transcript of each college or university attended. 
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members, research advisors – or similar – in your proposed field.
  • A Personal Statement, minimum 200 words, that describes your qualifications and the objectives of your intended educational program.
  • CV/Resume.
  • General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Submitted transcript and letters of recommendations must be in English. 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS results must be submitted for applicants whose native language is not English. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52816 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    52816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52816 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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