Academics / Academic Programs

Master of Science in Human Physiology

Program Director:

Judith Schotland, PhD617-353-2718

Specialty Areas

In the master of science in Human Physiology program, you’ll have the opportunity to select a specialized area for research and study. As part of our broad course requirements, we offer three distinct concentrations so you can choose the track that’s right for you: Research, Preclinical Accelerated, or Athletic Training.

But whatever you study, the program is really about you.

For those in the preclinical and research tracks, you design the curriculum based on your own academic background, professional experience, and career objectives. Working with a faculty advisor, you schedule the required courses, pick your electives, and decide on directed study, research, and professional or teaching experiences. You choose a project that fascinates you for your critical literature review (for those selecting the one-year Preclinical Accelerated track) or thesis (part of the two-year degree requirements for those pursuing the Research track). Students in the Athletic Training (AT) track will choose their critical literature review topic in consultation with their AT mentor.

Sound like a lot of work and responsibility? It is. It’s also one of the most dynamic, flexible, and exciting environments anywhere to prepare for further study in biology, physiology, or neuroscience. If you want to pursue a career in biomedical research, follow a clinical career path in a hospital, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology setting, or if you’re an athletic trainer looking to enhance your credentials in an environment with exceptional clinical opportunities, the MS in Human Physiology is a great way to get there.

In addition to flexibility, the Sargent College program offers another major advantage: Boston University. At one of the world’s great research institutions, you’ll be surrounded by a rare variety of cutting-edge research—much of it interdisciplinary. Sargent College alone receives more than $10 million in outside funding, making it among the most highly funded colleges at BU.

Faculty Advisors

Your advisor will evaluate transcripts for courses to be transferred for credit from other educational institutions and, where applicable, set up dates for examinations and thesis defense. A faculty advisor will be assigned to you on the basis of your academic and scientific interests. But you may request reassignment if the expertise of another faculty member is more suitable.