Master of Science in Biomedical Science – Integrative Physiology

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Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall December 1


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

  • 600 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 100 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The Master’s program in Biomedical Sciences: Integrative Physiology is a very flexible program ideally suited for those students interested in pursuing master’s level graduate work with a faculty member in IPN but not interested in the Neuroscience program. This often includes (but is not limited to) faculty in the muscle/biomechanical group in the department. Because of the wide range of potential thesis topics, the selection of appropriate class work for an individual student’s program is left to the discretion of the student and their mentor. Classes typically include some background courses as well as graduate seminars, professional development opportunities, and a course in proposal writing and presentation. The primary difference between the MS and PhD programs is that the depth of the thesis project for a MS degree is significantly less than that for the PhD degree. Because of the short time to completion, students pursuing a MS degree do not participate in rotations and must have an identified mentor before they enter into the program.

Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, College of Veterinary Medicine and the Graduate School are committed to providing equal opportunity in its services, programs, and employment for individuals with disabilities. Academically qualified students with disabilities are provided with access to the individualized assistance that is consistent with the student’s needs and the essential requirements of the program or course of study in which the student is enrolled. Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. Use the links on the left to learn more about our graduate Program Details, Faculty Research Areas, and Highlights. Please contact us directly.

Admission Requirements:

Students wishing to pursue a MS in Biomedical Sciences: Integrative Physiology need to have a strong math and science background with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. Applicants need to submit an application on the WSU Graduate School website to be considered. Application documents must include:

  • College transcripts (unofficial acceptable for initial review–upon admittance official transcripts are required)
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Personal statement describing why you are interested in a MS in Veterinary Science (clearly define which faculty mentor (minimum of 3) you are interested in working with and explain why). If admitted to WSU you will have the ability to refine your choice of faculty mentors while doing lab rotations.  Included in the personal statement describe an achievement that you are proud of and discuss how you reached your goal, and any obstacles you had to overcome to reach it.  Conversely, tell us about a time when you didn’t achieve a goal and what you learned from the experience (maximum word length is 350 words).
  • Writing Statement:  Describe a major finding in biomedicine over the past five (5) years and explain why you think it was important (maximum word length of 350 words).

Students that choose to pursue a Master’s degree must identify a research mentor from the graduate faculty for the Program in Biomedical Science prior to being admitted. The faculty mentor needs to contact the Integrative Physiology admissions office to confirm the agreement. The Program does not fund MS students. Students need to either self-support or identify other sources of support (mentor’s grant or teaching assistantship if available).

Application review begins December 1 each year. Only complete applications with all accompanying documents will be reviewed. Applications are reviewed until all available slots are filled.

If a student is interested in neuroscience, they should apply to the MS program in Neuroscience not the MS in Integrative Physiology.



Student Opportunities:

In addition to learning how to read and evaluate scientific literature, students in the MS program will learn the fundamental aspects of experimental design and some technical skills used in neuroscience research. They also have the opportunity to participate in the professional development series administered through the Integrated Programs in Biomedical Sciences (iPBS).

Career Opportunities:

Students completing their MS degree in Biomedical Sciences: Integrative Physiology can continue on to complete a PhD degree or enter directly into a research career in a government, academic or industry laboratory (pharmaceutical or other biotech).

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