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With a doctorate in Physiology, you’ll be highly trained in molecular, cellular and organismal research methods and prepared for a career in academia, industry or government.

By choosing to earn your doctorate in Physiology from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, you’ll be part of one of the preeminent Physiology programs in the nation, with opportunities to conduct groundbreaking research with internationally recognized faculty.

Physiology is for you if you consider yourself

Analytical and Strategic
Innovative and Cutting-edge



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What You'll Study


Students wanting a PhD in Physiology are expected to complete the program in approximately five years of full-time, year-round study. Students are admitted via a common admissions process to the Biomedical Sciences PhD program. After completing the first-year common core coursework and laboratory rotations, students choose a dissertation research mentor and enter the Physiology program.

The maximum duration of the program is seven years.

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

Collaboration is a cornerstone of our program. You'll join a vibrant community of fellow researchers, fostering a dynamic environment where knowledge exchange and teamwork are encouraged. Departmental seminars and workshops keep you at the forefront of the latest advancements in physiology, while opportunities to present your research at regional and national conferences allow you to gain valuable experience and recognition from your peers.

We understand that a successful research career requires more than just technical skills. Augusta University's Physiology PhD program is committed to your professional development. We offer workshops and mentorship programs to help you cultivate essential skills like grant writing and scientific communication. The program also fosters strong professional networks with faculty and peers, opening doors to exciting research opportunities after graduation.

By going beyond the classroom, Augusta University's Physiology PhD program equips you with the practical skills, experience, and network you need to become a leader in the field of physiology. 

Student Success

Since 2018, students have received over 50 professional awards have co-authored over 40 manuscripts.


High Profile

Students and faculty regularly present at important scientific meetings and successfully compete for extramural funding.


Important Research

The high impact cardiovascular, renal and metabolic research conducted by faculty and students is having a positive impact on lives in Georgia and across the globe.


Recognized Faculty

Physiology faculty are well known, well-funded and widely published in some of the most important research journals in the world.

Your Future

Career Options

Graduates with a doctorate in Physiology can work as biomedical researchers in a variety of different settings, including academia, pharmaceutical companies, medical centers or biomedical research firms.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a medical scientist is $95,310. The job outlook through 2031 is growing much faster than average.


Student Stories

I chose this program because of the collaborative nature and the overall environment. I could tell from my first day here that they want to encourage and teach their students and that they truly care about each one succeeding in their chosen career goals. 

Katie Ann Fopiano


My program is just the right size for what I need. I never feel overwhelmed or deficient. It is just perfectly sized to ensure very close contact with professors and any facilities.

Desmond Moronge




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: None are required for this program.

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

Resume: Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae within the application portal.

Research Experience: Research experience is required for admission.  Applicants will provide a personal statement that includes a summary and description of your research experience in the application portal.

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

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*Tuition & Fees listed here are for in-state students enrolling in the university for Fall 2024 semester.

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Please visit the Graduate School for detailed admission criteria and important application process information.

Application Deadlines

Fall '24 Early Deadline

  • December 1, 2023

Fall '24 Standard Deadline

  • December 15, 2023

Application fee waiver extended to Dec 15, 2023

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?

With 90% of graduates moving on to postdoctoral positions in high profile research institutions, you’ll have a large network of potential research collaborators who share the same DNA.

As part of one of the leading Physiology programs in the nation, you’ll have access to internationally recognized faculty mentors who will help you develop your research skills in a broad range of high impact translational research areas.

The highly collaborative research environment ensures you’ll emerge from the program prepared for a career in academia, government or industry.

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Learning Like No Other

The Graduate School prepares successful and innovative leaders, scholars, researchers, educators and clinicians to advance their field and impact their community and the world. Currently, The Graduate School offers over 45 graduate degree and advanced certificate programs. The wide range of doctoral, specialist and master’s degree programs, as well as graduate certificate programs offered, provide outstanding training, research, clinical and educational opportunities.