Curriculum | MS in Physiology
What You’ll Learn
The curriculum consists of graduate-level courses in the biomedical sciences that serve as a solid foundation for further education in the health sciences. Required courses provide an advanced science framework and elective courses allow students to tailor the program to their specific interests and career goals by taking classes in the many different departments here at Georgetown University Medical Center such as Tumor Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Clinical & Translational Research, and more. In many cases, the faculty teaching these courses are the same faculty teaching medical school courses at GUSOM and PhD-level courses in our biomedical programs.
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 also provides students a letter of recommendation for professional school or PhD programs.
The regular MS program is not a “special” master’s degree program because the curriculum does not include first-year medical school classes and our students are not graded against the performance of medical students. 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.
Although research is not a focus or emphasis of the program, there are opportunities for our students to participate in a research elective course (during the spring semester only) with approval of the Program Director and dependent on the number of available spots. For students interested in a more research-focused MS program, we recommend the MS in Pharmacology program.