What will I learn?

Physiology is an integrative area in the biological sciences that employs a systems-based approach. It is important for students to integrate information about the entire biological system from across all the biological-related sciences.

The Interdisciplinary Physiology Graduate Program at NC State University provides a wide-range of opportunities to help students reach their goals, whether they pertain to Biological Research or health-related professional school admission.

The Physiology Graduate Program at NC State serves the pre-health population as an “academic enhancement” program.

Our Master of Physiology program is a non-thesis degree and serves to prepare students to improve their academic credentials before applying to professional school, while also advancing their knowledge in the subject of Physiology. Many of the graduates of our Masters (non-thesis) program go on to study in Medical and DO Programs, Veterinary Medical Program, Dental Programs, Nursing Programs, Physician’s Assistant Programs, Pharmacy Programs or Physical Therapy as well as many other pursuits. Given the integrative nature of Physiology, and the flexibility of the Degree Program; some students enroll to broaden their knowledge and critical thinking skills and to expand their career opportunities.

Which department am I in?

North Carolina State University

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 30 semester hours of course work)

Tuition fees
US$30,081.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, May, June, August 2022


North Carolina State University

Harris Hall,

2831 Thurman Drive,


North Carolina,

27695, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

To be considered for admission in full graduate standing, an applicant must have a four-year bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university as determined by a regional or general accrediting agency and must have at least a “B” (3.000/4.000) average in the undergraduate major or in the latest graduate degree program.

Provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a total score of at least 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT). Minimum test scores for each section:

Listening: 18 points
Reading: 18 points
Writing: 18 points Speaking: 18 points for admission, 23 points for TA appointment where TA has direct verbal interactions with students, 26 points for TA appointment where TA presents lectures in the class or laboratory

The maximum total score for the iBT is 120 with each section worth 30 points.

Provide International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with an overall band score of at least 6.5. Minimum test scores for each section are listed below:

Listening: 6.5
Reading: 6.5
Writing: 6.5
Speaking: 6.5 for admission, 7.0 for TA appointment

Computer-based TOEFL scores must be 213 or higher (with at least 17 on three sections and no section score below 13). The paper-based test requires a score of 550 or higher (with scores of 50 on at least two of the three sections and no section score below 45).

Application Deadlines and Details
Fall Jun 15

Spring October 15
Summer 1 January 15
Summer 2 Apr 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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