Which Physiology Program is Right for You?

For those students interested in graduate work in human physiology, Georgetown University's Department of Pharmacology & Physiology offers two programs that terminate in an MS in Physiology:

1) Ms in Physiology Program –

The "regular" MS in Physiology program is designed for strong science students who are pursuing a career in medicine, other health professions (dentistry, physician assistant, masters public health, etc), or a career in related fields such as biomedical education and patent law. The program can be completed in 10 months, but the flexible curriculum allows for alternative schedules (no online classes are offered). The curriculum consists of medically related graduate courses (not undergraduate courses).  Required courses provide an advanced science framework and elective courses allow students to tailor the program to their specific interests and career goals. 

Students who complete the G2ABS certificate program (see below) can continue on to the MS in Physiology program to earn their MS degree.

2) The Special Masters in Physiology (SMP) –

The SMP is a 10-month MS program exclusive to students pursuing a career in medicine who wish to strengthen their academic credentials for application to medical school. Students in the SMP take 6 first-year medical courses alongside the GUSOM medical students, in addition to rigorous medically related graduate courses. There is no research option.

quick look at the "regular" ms program compared to the smp –


"Regular" MS in Physiology

Special Master's Program

Curriculum Flexibility

10 credits of elective courses

0 elective credits

Schedule Flexibility

10-month or 12-month curriculum*

Fixed 10-month curriculum

Program Size

~40 students

~185 students

Open to all Pre-Health Students


No - Only those pursuing MD/DO

Average Applicant GPA



MCAT or GRE Required


Yes (MCAT)

Degree Earned

MS in Physiology

MS in Physiology

* International students must complete the program as full-time students within 12 months.

George Squared Program –

The GeorgeSquared Program is a joint program offered through a partnership between Georgetown University and George Mason University.  This program can be completed in less than 1 year and takes place at GMU's Science and Technology campus in Manassas, Virginia. Applications to the GeorgeSquared program should be submitted to GMU, not Georgetown.

George Squared students enroll in the ABS Certificate at GMU, a post-baccalaureate graduate-level program designed for individuals interested in careers in the wide variety of health-related professions.  This 20 credit program terminates in a graduate certificate. Through the GeorgeSquared partnership, students who successfully complete the ABS Certificate at GMU can apply their credits toward the regular MS in Physiology program at Georgetown (see above) and earn their MS degree in as little as one semester.

To help you decide which program is right for you, we encourage you to explore the website for each program and to speak to each program's representatives. To start, we offer a basic comparison table below.

  1 year non-research Earns an MS degree  Exclusive to students applying to M.D. or D.O. Curriculum includes first year medical school courses Curriculum includes a  gross anatomy lab Recommended minimum undergraduate GPA 
MS in Physiology



Special Masters Program (SMP)






G2 Advanced Biomedical Sciences Certificate


*see note




Students who successfully complete the G2 Advanced Biomedical Sciences Certificate program can apply to Georgetown University's Graduate School and complete an additional 8-10 credits to receive their MS degree in Physiology from the regular MS in Physiology program at Georgetown University. Click here for more details.