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Medical Physiology

With a master’s in Medical Physiology, you’ll be preparing yourself for admission into professional school programs like medical school, dental school or other biomedical programs by improving your academic credentials and competitiveness. The curriculum mirrors the learning objectives of first-year medical school.

Physiology explores the fundamental mechanisms of life by examining healthy body function, the mechanisms of disease, and the structure of cells, tissues and organ systems.

If you choose to earn your master’s in Physiology from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, you’ll be studying in the only program of its kind in Georgia.  

Medical Physiology is for you if you consider yourself

Analytical and Strategic
Helpful and Nurturing



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Physiology Program

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What You'll Study


Students in Augusta University’s Master of Science with a major in Medical Physiology program will complete a total of 30 credit hours designed to be completed in two semesters. Core classes in physiology, pathophysiology, anatomy, and histology are followed by six hours of elective coursework in physiology or a laboratory research elective.

Curriculum | Admissions Criteria | Tuition and Fees | Application Deadlines

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Graduate School Advantage

Augusta University's graduate programs are among the best in the nation – and the world – and our graduate students are our most valuable assets. To ensure that our students earn more than a degree, the Graduate School offers a range of opportunities so they can develop the leadership, communication and personal skills needed for a rewarding life and academic, research or professional career.

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About the Graduate School

Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

Physiology faculty currently hold approximately $7 million in extramural funding, meaning opportunities abound for students interested in biomedical research.

Department facilities contain modern, well-equipped laboratories.

A weekly seminar series allows students to join faculty and researchers in important learning opportunities, while several established lectureships bring in distinguished lecturers from across the world.


Integrated Program

A Master’s in Physiology prepares students for professional school by matching the learning objectives of first year medical school.


Modern Facilities

The Medical College of Georgia boast state-of-the-art medical training facilities and labs.


Personalized Advising

Individualized academic support provides students with academic assistance and tailored career development advice.


The Medical College of Georgia

As the state’s only public medical school, MCG is recognized as Georgia’s leading provider of physicians and receives nearly $64 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Your Future

Career Options

A Master’s in Medical Physiology prepares students to move on to medical school, dental school or schools in other biomedical fields, paving the way for careers in healthcare practice or research.

Admissions Criteria at a Glance

GPA: Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the Baccalaureate level calculated on all undergraduate work.

Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.

Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Unofficial transcripts from US colleges and universities can be used in the admissions review process in lieu of official transcripts for this program.

Standardized Test Requirements: An official MCAT, DAT or GRE score is required for admission. A competitive applicant will have an MCAT or DAT score greater than the 24th percentile, or a GRE score greater than 290 for the combined verbal and quantitative sections and 3.0 for the analytical section. All official scores must be less than 5 years old.

Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations from three individuals must be submitted through the application portal.

Prerequisite Coursework: It is recommended that all applicants have completed or can show proficiency in the following undergraduate subjects:

  • Math (Algebra/Calculus/Statistics)
  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • General Physics
  • Advanced Biology Courses (Genetics, Cell Biology, Biochemistry etc)

International Students: Please review the verification process for international transcripts and the english proficiency requirement.

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Detailed Program Tuition Information

For more detailed admissions criteria, please visit the Graduate School's graduate admissions guide.

Application Deadlines

Fall '24 Application Deadline

  • May 31, 2024

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. The program does not accept applications after the published application deadline, however the program will continue to accept application materials up to 2 weeks after the application deadline.


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Learning Like No Other

Why Augusta?

As the only program of its kind in Georgia, earning a Master’s in Physiology makes you distinctive among applicants moving on to medical school, dental school or other biomedical programs.

Faculty-facilitated seminars, workshops and lectureships promote professional growth and provide opportunities to interact with a wide range of faculty members and researchers.

As one of Georgia’s four research universities, Augusta University provides unparalleled access to groundbreaking researchers and the projects they’re involved with.

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