Program Admission Information

Application Process

Prior to submission of a formal application, potential applicants may submit basic documentary information to determine how their credentials compare to expectations for admission. Enquiries regarding such submissions should be sent to physiology@usc.edu.

Admission requires mentorship from a faculty member and that resources are available for the thesis research project. Satisfying this requirement is facilitated by submission of documentary information directly to physiology@usc.edu by April 1st for enrollment in the next Fall term and by September 15th for enrollment in the next Spring term.

Formal applications to the Medical Physiology MS program must be submitted on-line with the Office of Graduate Admissions and include:

  • GRE or MCAT test scores.
  • Brief statement explaining reasons for applying to the program.
  • Brief statement regarding laboratory experience.
  • Transcripts from all college level institutions previously attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation

Admissions Criteria

Acceptance normally requires that an applicant has a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0). The applicant should have completed college courses in mathematics (including calculus), physics, chemistry, and biological sciences. A minimum score of 300 on the GRE or 28 on the MCAT is required. Applicants not meeting these requirements may be conditionally admitted only with the approval of the USC Graduate School.

International applicants should consult information on the Graduate Admissions – International Students. International students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Exemption from additional language requirements upon enrollment requires an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each section, or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score. For more details, see Graduate Admissions – English Proficiency.

Contact Information

Monica Pan
Student Services Advisor (KAM 409)
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Phone (323) 442-0230
E-mail: physiology@usc.edu