Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Physiology Graduate Program

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.

Admissions Update Amid COVID-19 Pandemic:

We are still accepting applications for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters, as well as semesters beyond (Spring 2021, etc.). 
While we prefer to have official scores reported for the GRE, MCAT, and DAT, if you do not yet have an official score and your testing date was cancelled, please email natasha_dillon@ncsu.edu to discuss how best to move forward with an application.  We will consider these requests on a case-by-case basis. 
All admissions interviews will be conducted via Skype or Zoom and we will still evaluate applications submitted by April 15, 2020.  We will also add a new application evaluation date of May 15, 2020.  As of today, our final application deadline is June 15, 2020 for Fall 2020. 

Important Note for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Applicants:

We have recently updated our testing requirements and will now accept an MCAT or DAT score report in lieu of the GRE.  A practice test score for the GRE, MCAT or DAT will not count as meeting this requirement. 
This is a new practice as of March 10, 2020.  Please feel free to reach out via email with any questions: natasha_dillon@ncsu.edu 

About NC State

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Application Deadlines

Final Fall 2020 Deadline:

June 15, 2020

Spring 2021 Deadline:

October 15, 2020

Cherry trees blossom in front of Holladay Hall. photo by Roger WinsteadAbout Our Program

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. For a wonderfully detailed and informative explanation of Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Professional Programs, please see the Johns Hopkins  Pre-Professional Advising website. The ability to custom-tailor your degree program with courses that interest you and apply directly to your specific needs are part of what makes this graduate program unique and valuable in the current job market.

The Physiology Graduate Program offers two different degrees:

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.

Master of Science


Many MS (thesis) students pursue these degrees because they love research and after participating in this program, many have gone on to have successful careers in the Biomedical and Biotechnology fields, among others.  And since the Research Triangle Park is just a short drive from Raleigh, many students find great jobs close to home in a beautiful area of North Carolina.

Regardless of your future goals, Physiology has much to offer every student entering this program. Our flexible scheduling and expert team of advisors provide a unique experience for students of various backgrounds and interests.

Questions? Contact Us!

Natasha Dillon Graduate Services Coordinator, Physiology Graduate Program