Application Information

Applications are CLOSED.

Applications for the Class of 2020-2021 will be available February 1 and close May 15.

This program considers applications on a modified rolling admission basis. Some early decisions will be sent out before the final review*, but the class will not be filled until all completed applications have been considered.

1) In order to be considered during the first review, ALL MATERIALS must be received by 9:00am on Monday, March 2, 2020.
2) In order to be considered during the second review, ALL MATERIALS must be received by 9:00am on Monday, March 30, 2020.
3) For INTERNATIONAL applicants and those wishing to be considered during the third review, ALL MATERIALS must be received by 9:00am on Monday, April 27, 2020.
4) In order to be considered during the final review ALL MATERIALS must be received by 9:00am on  Friday, May 15, 2020. This is the final deadline. No new materials will be accepted after May 15, 2020. Updates to previously submitted materials are always accepted.

Application instructions for undocumented and DACA students

*Please note: Early completion of the application does not guarantee an early decision. The earliest decisions may be received by late-March. Acceptances, denials, and waitlist notifications following the final review will be received in early-July.

 

Application Requirements

Prior to applying, please review this information, as well as the information on Rackham’s Preparing to Apply webpage.

All applications are processed through Rackham Graduate School.

For templates and other helpful materials available to download, please visit this page.

**Make sure you choose “Master of Science in Physiology” and NOT “Molecular & Integrative Physiology Ph.D.”**

1. Standardized Test scores. (Must be < 3 years old.)
Self-reported on application but official scores must be submitted to the program. Requesting Test Scores: GRE, DAT, PCAT and OAT users – request score reports be sent to Institution Code 1839; MCAT users – request score reports be sent to the Post-Bacc program: “Univ. of Michigan M.S. Program in Physiology.”

A) Admission Test minimum, competitive, scores:

    • MCAT ~ 502 Total Score
    • DAT ~ 17 Academic Average
    • PCAT~ 410 Composite
    • GRE ~ 160 Quantitative/155 Verbal
    • OAT: 310 Composite

B) Applicants from non-English speaking countries MUST provide TOEFL (iBT) scores. (Note: these requirements match the admission requirements for the PIBS program)

Minimum scores for admission:

      • Reading: 23
      • Listening: 23
      • Speaking: 17
      • Writing: 21
      • Total: 84

If scores are higher than the minimum, but lower than the following scores, applicants must take the Academic English Evaluation (AEE) exam prior to registration.

      • Reading: 26
      • Listening: 26
      • Speaking: 23
      • Writing: 27
      • Total: 102

2. Science GPA minimum, competitive = 3.0 Coursework Track / 3.5 Research Track 

Calculated Science GPA is self-reported on the application; HOWEVER, the corresponding calculation spreadsheet (below) must be sent to the program (MSphysiology@umich.edu). Copies of your AMCAS GPA calculation pages are also accepted. Simply send those pages as a PDF.
To calculate this, include courses in Biology (Ex: anatomy, biology, biophysics, biotechnology, botany, cell biology, ecology, entomology, genetics, histology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, physiology), Chemistry (Ex:biochemistry, chemistry, physical chemistry, thermodynamics), Math (Ex: applied mathematics, mathematics, statistics) and Physics (Ex: astronomy, physics) on a 4.0 scale. AMCAS calculated BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics, math) GPA is acceptable. You can download the GPA Spreadsheet, and its instructions, here.

~Applications are considered on the whole. While preference will be given to students with GPAs that exceed these minimums, significant upward trends in recent academic performance and/or outstanding post-baccalaureate coursework in science will be considered.

3. Overall GPA minimum, competitive = 3.0 Coursework Track / 3.5 Research Track  

GPAs are self-reported on the application, any and all transcripts must be sent to Rackham Graduate School, indicating Program 00395 – MS Physiology.
~Applications are considered on the whole. While preference will be given to students with GPAs that exceed these minimums, significant upward trends in recent academic performance and/or outstanding post-baccalaureate coursework in science will be considered.

4. All transcript(s) from military, two, and 4 year institutions. 

Unofficial copies are accepted.

5. Academic Statement of Purpose.

Approximately 500 words and uploaded to the online application.  The Statement of Purpose should be a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how Michigan's graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.  Upload to your online application.

6. Personal Statement.

Approximately 500 words and uploaded to the online application.  How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? Upload to your online application.

7. Three letters of reference.

At least two letters from course professors, one of which must be a science course.  Reference letter services and medical school letters of reference are accepted, provided these letters match our requirements. Rackham’s Letters of Recommendation Submission Options

8. A curriculum vitae (CV) using our required template. 

Please download and follow our template. Upload documents to the online application.

9. Determine and indicate your intended track, Research or Coursework, on the application.

      • Research Track: Research Track Applicants must hold a B.S. or B.A. degree in biology, chemistry or physics (or related field) prior to beginning the MS Program.
        If you indicate “Research Track” you must also indicate your top five requested mentors (from the Mentors & Projects page) on your online application.
      • Coursework Track: Coursework Track Applicants must hold a B.A. or B.S. degree prior to beginning the MS Program.

10. All pre-requisites for your target professional school (i.e. Medical, Dental, Graduate) MUST be completed prior to joining the MS Program in Physiology.

Each program has its individual requirements.  If you have questions please talk to your pre-professional advisor and/or the program of interest. 

See the following links for examples:

11. Information for applicants who are concurrently applying to Medical, Dental or other professional schools/programs and hoping to matriculate the summer following completion of the MS Program:

Coursework Track: In order to be awarded an MS degree in Physiology, coursework track students register for Fall and Winter terms and the Spring Half Term. 
All coursework track students begin the program at the beginning of the Fall term.  Students must complete the Capstone Project in the Spring Term, which ends at the end of June.  This means that planning to enter a program that begins prior to the end of June will require communication with the program directors, if you desire to complete the MS degree requirements. We will work with students whose graduate programs begin in June. Students MUST complete the Capstone Project in order to earn their MS Degree.

Research Track: In order to be awarded an MS degree in Physiology, research track students register for Fall and Winter terms and Summer Half Term, which ends in late August.  Students are working in the lab during the Spring Half Term, but are not paying tuition at this time. Research students must complete a minimum of 11 months in a laboratory (with typically 1 additional month to write and present the final project) to be awarded the MS degree. If a student arranges to start in their lab prior to the Fall Term, they may be able to finish the program earlier. Examples of early start dates for research are July 1 (can then be finished by mid-June) or Aug. 1 (can then be finished by mid-July).
Office of the Registrar’s Academic Calendars

Application Process

 

*Review the Application Requirements before beginning the Application Process.*
It is recommended that all applicants seeking federal financial aid complete the FAFSA application prior to submitting their application.

    1. All applications are processed through Rackham Graduate School.
    2. Register as a Prospective Student with Rackham Graduate School.
    3. Review our Application Checklist and begin working on the associated documents and spreadsheets.
    4. Fill out the Application Form through Rackham Graduate School and upload required documents.
      **Make sure you choose “Master of Science in Physiology” and NOT “Molecular & Integrative Physiology Ph.D. (PIBS)”**
    5. Required documents include your CV (follow our template), Personal Statement and Academic Statement of Purpose.
    6. Submit the Application Form PRIOR to May 15th. Access to the form closes following that date.
    7. Complete a GPA calculation spreadsheet. If you cannot access the one linked, please request one from MSPhysiology@umich.edu.
      Fill this spreadsheet out completely, rename the file and return to MSPhysiology@umich.edu.
      This must be received prior to review of your application.
    8. Ensure that the program has received your Standardized Test Score report(s) from the issuing institution.
      These must be received prior to review of your application.
    9. Ensure that the program has received your three Letters of Reference.
      These must be received prior to review of your application.
    10. Ensure that Rackham Graduate School has received your undergraduate transcript. "In Progress" transcripts are accepted during the review process.
      Send all additional transcripts as pdf files (from military, two, or four year institutions) to MSPhysiology@umich.edu. These must be received prior to review of your application.

    Upon completion of your application packet:

        • Your application will be added to the queue for review.
        • Your application will be reviewed with a group of other applications and discussed by the Review Committee.
        • A decision on your application may be made at this meeting or your application may be considered further at an additional later Review Committee Meeting.
        • If you are accepted as a Research Track applicant, you will be contacted by the program to meet/interview with potential mentors ONLY following acceptance into the coursework track of program.
        • Upon acceptance, ensure that a FINAL and OFFICIAL transcript be sent to Rackham Graduate School from your undergraduate degree granting institution. Final, official transcripts must show that your degree has been conferred and be sent directly from the granting institution. 

    **Past decision notifications have been sent out as early as May and as late as August. For this reason it is recommended that all applicants complete the FAFSA application prior to submitting their application. **