Physiology (MS)

31 Pharma MS

Admission Requirements

The University of Louisville graduate catalog gives a general description of admission procedures. Application information can be found on the Graduate School website.

The following application items must be submitted to the Graduate School at the University of Louisville:

  1. Graduate application.
  2. One official transcript of the applicant's previous work for each college or university that has been previously attended.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from people who are well acquainted with the applicant's previous academic work.
  4. TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo examination scores for foreign students from non-English speaking countries. 
  5. A non-refundable application fee to the University of Louisville.

Applicants must state in a letter to the Department but submitted to the Graduate School (referred to as the Personal Statement in the application materials), why they desire a MS degree in the Department of Physiology.

Successful applicants generally demonstrate the following:

  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average that is usually 2.8 or higher on a scale of 4.00 (A=4, B=3, etc.)
  • In the case of a foreign applicant from a non-English speaking country, the applicant must achieve a TOEFL Examination score >85 on the internet exam.

Program Requirements

At least 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree are required for the degree of Master of Science. A maximum of  six (6) credit hours may be credited from post-baccalaureate work in other professional or graduate degree programs.

Minimum Course Requirements

The typical MS program must include the following courses taken on a grade basis:

PHZB 605Systemic Physiology I5
PHZB 606Systemic Physiology II5
BIOC 645Advanced Biochemistry I4
Electives (see list below)16
Minimum Total Hours30

Academic Performance

A student must have at least a 3.0 accumulated GPA to be graduated with a degree of Master of Science in Physiology. In general, a student with a GPA less than 3.0 at the end of the second semester will require a two-thirds majority vote of the Departmental faculty to continue in the Program.

A student may not graduate with more than six (6) credit hours of C grades in their required courses.


All electives must be graduate-level courses.

Electives may include but are not limited to:

Fall Electives
PHZB 604Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine2
PHZB 607Principles of Presentations: Self, Science, Interviews2
PHZB 630Biomedical Applications of Physiology in the Eye2
PHZB 617Seminar in Physiology and Biophysics1
PHZB 619Research1-20
Spring Electives
PHZB 608Physiological Concepts Related to the Metabolic Syndrome3
PHZB 611Advanced Human Cardiovascular Physiology3
PHZB 621Physiological Adaptions to Exercise, Immobility and Physical Inactivity3
PHZB 630Biomedical Applications of Physiology in the Eye2
PHZB 617Seminar in Physiology and Biophysics1
PHZB 619Research1-20
Summer Electives
PHZB 619Research1-20
PHZB 615Clinical Physiology6

Other Potential Graduate Elective Course Areas:


Cancer Biology

Cell Biology



Molecular Microbiology

Oral Biology



Public Health