Accelerated M.S. in Physiology & Biophysics

Highly motivated Georgetown B.S. in Human Science students can complete the M.S. in Physiology & Biophysics in one semester.

Our intensive non-thesis Master of Science in Physiology & Biophysics program is the launching point for a successful application to medical school, dental school, allied health programs or Ph.D. studies. Required courses provide an advanced science framework, and elective courses allow students to tailor the program to their interests and career goals by taking classes in many departments across Georgetown University Medical Center, including Tumor Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Clinical & Translational Research and more.

Many of the faculty who teach these courses also teach medical courses at Georgetown School of Medicine and Ph.D.-level courses in our biomedical programs. In a small master’s cohort of 30-40 students, you will receive rigorous instruction and personalized support to prepare you for professional school.


HSCI students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major are eligible to apply to this program by January 15 of their junior year. Students who wish to apply should inquire with Sumaira Akber, Assistant Dean, School of Health, or Jason Tilan, Director of Accelerated BGE Pathways, Department of Human Science.

For more information about our program and admissions, please contact us.


Undergraduates start taking master’s courses in their senior year, earning the master’s degree in the fall after completing the Bachelor of Science.

Human Science Accelerated Master's Program Timeline. HSCI Junior Fall/Spring: Apply to M.S. program. HSCI Senior Fall: 2 HSCI core courses, 2 M.S. courses. HSCI Senior Spring: 2 HSCI core courses, 2 M.S. courses. M.S. Program Fall: Complete M.S. requirements.

Suggested Degree Plan

Senior – Fall

Course NameCredit(s)
HSCI 4972 Human Science Seminar/Capstone I3
HSCI 4510 Physiological Adaptations4
PHSL 6501 Fundamentals of Human Physiology5
PHSL 7941 Physiology Literature Research2
14 Credits

Senior – Spring

Course NameCredit(s)
HSCI 4973 Human Science Seminar/Capstone II3
HSCI 3090 Immunology3
PHSL 6568 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3
PHSL 6569 Intro to Neurophysiology3
12 Credits

Upon completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, you will receive your bachelor’s degree and may participate in Commencement with your undergraduate class. Contact your advising dean for more information.

Master’s – Fall

Complete the Biomedical Graduate Education Orientation at the start of the semester.

Course NameCredit(s)
PHSL 6504 Biostatistics3
PHSL 6534 Cell & Molecular Physiology4
PHSL 6602 Biomedical Career Pathways
(For students applying to medical school; counts toward the 10 credits of graduate electives)
Graduate electives10
17 Credits

Master’s Courses

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