Which Georgetown Physiology Program is Right for You?

For those students interested in graduate work in human physiology, Georgetown University offers three programs that terminate in a 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. 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 can continue on to the MS in Physiology program to earn their MS degree.

Below is Jason Campbell (far right), MS in Physiology 2013, now at medical school!

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Jason Campbell, MS in Physiology '13, at medical school!


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.

3) The Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) program: 

The CAM program is a 11-18 month program that provides the basic biomedical science framework for CAM professionals. It addresses the tremendous public interest in complementary and alternative medicine and the growing need for scientists trained to understand the basic principles of both Western biomedicine and CAM modalities. 

GeorgeSquared Programs

The GeorgeSquared Programs are joint programs offered through a partnership between Georgetown University and George Mason University.  These programs can be completed in less than 1 year and take place at GMU's Prince William County campus. Applications to the GeorgeSquared programs should be submitted to GMU, not Georgetown.

1) Advanced Biomedical Sciences Certificate program:

The ABS Certificate is 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 certificate degree. Students who successfully complete the ABS Certificate program can apply their credits toward the regular MS in Physiology program (see above) and earn their MS degree in as little as one semester.  

2) The MS in Biomedical Sciences

The MS in Biomedical Sciences is the sister program to The SMP (see above) and is exclusive to students pursuing a career in medicine who wish to strengthen their academic credentials for application to medical school.   

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 a 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 MS in Biomedical Sciences






G2 Advanced Biomedical Sciences Certificate






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

**Medical school courses are live captured from Georgetown Medical School and rebroadcasted at the GMU Prince William Campus with additional instructor support.

Other Georgetown University MS programs in the Biomedical Sciences

MS in Biohazardous Threat Agents
MS in Bioinformatics
MS in Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy
MS is Biostatistics
MS in Biotechnology
MS in Clinical & Translational Science
MS in Heath Physics
MS in Microbiology & Immunology
MS in Pharmacology
MS in Tumor Biology
MS in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology