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Physiology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #93 (WUR) , MI,
The principal objectives of graduate education in physiology are to obtain broad, basic knowledge in the subject matter of this and related fields, and to obtain training in physiological research methods. Major emphasis is placed upon the completion by the student of original research which should provide a significant contribution to knowledge.


The Department of Physiology is administered jointly by the colleges of Human Medicine, Natural Science, Osteopathic Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine. All four of these colleges offer Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs with majors in physiology.

The Department of Physiology seeks to prevent and cure diseases through basic research on genes, proteins, and the regulatory signaling systems that control fundamental processes of cellular life.

Medical research in the modern era has enabled society to conquer many bacterial, viral, and parasitic diseases, including polio, diphtheria, small pox, and pneumonia. Much of medical research today focuses on diseases that result from alterations of fundamental molecular mechanisms within cells and tissues and include cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, bone and joint disorders, and diabetes. DNA carries in its sequence the genes that encode vast numbers of different proteins that are synthesized throughout the life cycle. It also encodes the regulatory instructions that determine exactly when and where each of those genes will be expressed. The Department of Physiology’s research on genes and gene regulatory mechanisms includes explorations of both the normal expression of genetic information in development and abnormal expression in diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart and pulmonary disease, and neuro-degenerative diseases.

The facilities and staff are particularly suited to offer training in the following areas of physiology: cellular and molecular physiology, endocrinology, the cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal physiology and metabolism, neurophysiology, respiration, radiobiology, lactation, renal function, reproduction, comparative physiology, and biophysics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physiology/Pharmacology of Excitable Cells
  • Cellular/Integrative Physiology
  • Molecular Biology and Protein Structure
  • Metabolic Regulation& Molecular Endocrinology
  • Cell and Molecular Physiology
  • Topics in Physiology

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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Academic Requirements

  • Complete the online Graduate School Application
  • Complete the Departmental Questionnaire
  • Provide 3 Letters of Recommedation
  • Provide an official transcript of grades from all schools attended after high school
  • Provide current GRE scores (Subject tests recommended, but not required)
  • Provide current TOEFL scores (if applicable)


The typical undergraduate and/or graduate GPA is greater than 3.0. TOEFL paper-based scores of greater than 600, Section 1 score greater than 62 and no section less than 53; TOEFL computer-based scores of greater 250, Section 1 score of 26 or above, and no other score less than 19.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1484 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1484 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    1484 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1484 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    755 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 755 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for East Lansing

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
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