MS in Physiology

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Use the navigation menu to explore example schedules, information on how to apply, tuition and financial aid, and advising for the regular MS in Physiology program.  We also provide a quick comparison chart between the "regular" and "special" (SMP) program at the bottom of this page as well as a fuller comparison of the two programs here.

The regular MS in Physiology is an academic enhancement program for strong science students (BS or BA) who have already completed pre-health science requirements. The program is a one-year (two or three academic terms) non-thesis program designed to prepare students for careers as health professionals in medicine, dentistry and the allied health professions, as well as careers in biomedical research, education and administration.

The regular MS program is not a "special" master's degree program because the curriculum does not include first-year medical school classes.  However, all of the program's courses are medically relevant graduate courses taught by Georgetown University Medical Center faculty. In many cases, the same faculty who teach in the medical school also teach our courses. The program includes both group-based advising and 1:1 advising from medical center faculty who are experienced interviewers for Georgetown University's Medical School. The program provides students a letter of recommendation for medical school, professional school, and/or PhD programs. Online and distance learning are not available.

Research is not a requirement or a focus of the MS in Physiology program.  However, for MS students who show a keen interest and aptitude for research, elective research opportunities may be offered on a limited basis (and with approval from the Program Director) in the Spring semester.

Quick Comparison of the Two Physiology Programs:


"Regular" MS in Physiology

Special Master's Program

Curriculum Flexibility

10 credits of elective courses

0 elective credits

Research Opportunity

Yes/Limited; Spring semester only


Schedule Flexibility

Two- and three-term schedules*

Fixed 10 month curriculum

Program Size

~30 students

~185 students

Open to all Pre-Health Students


No; only those pursuing MD/DO

Average Matriculant 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.

Program Contact Information for the "Regular" MS in Physiology:

Mary Wells
Senior Academic Coordinator
(202) 687-6012

Department of Pharmacology & Physiology
Georgetown University Medical Center
3900 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20057

Department office: Med/Dent SE402
Directions to the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology