MS in Physiology and Biophysics

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions. Prior academic work should include college mathematics through calculus, physics, biology, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.
  • Other Requirements At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required GRE General. Preference is given to applicants with a combined verbal and quantitative score above 299, and an analytical writing score above 4.5.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL The TOEFL score cannot be more than two years old. UIC’s Institutional Code is 1851. 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 550 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required.
  • Personal Statement Required. One page summarizing past academic and research experience (if any) and motivation for pursuing an MS in Physiology.
  • Other Requirements Preference is given to applicants with a documented record of research accomplishment who intend to complete the doctoral program.
  • Nondegree Applicants Nondegree applicants must show adequate preparation to enroll in desired courses and must obtain the permission of the director of graduate studies.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 32.
  • Course Work
Course Title
Required Courses
Essentials for Animal Research
Human Physiology I
Human Physiology II
Clinical Applications of Physiology I
Clinical Applications of Physiology II
Cell Physiology
Departmental Seminar a
M.S. Thesis Research
One 3-credit-hour elective, selected in consultation with the thesis advisor
  • Comprehensive Examination None.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Thesis required. No other options are available.
  • Other Requirements All graduate students must participate in the teaching programs of the department.