On any criteria you can name, the educational experience you’ll find as a graduate student at BU College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College comes down to an outstanding—and rare—opportunity.

Renowned Faculty

Consider our faculty, for example. In the PhD in Human Physiology program, you’ll have the chance to work with and be mentored by leading educators and researchers in their fields Many hold joint appointments with the BU School of Medicine, College of Arts & Sciences, and College of Engineering. They approach their research questions from multiple perspectives, too—from molecules to cells to circuits to behavior.


Because Boston University is a major research hub, you’ll be surrounded by an exceptional quantity, quality, and variety of cutting-edge research—much of it interdisciplinary. You can collaborate on your choice of specialized research projects that range from regulating skeletal muscle gene expression to the organization of the frontal cortex.

You’ll also have access to research tools that make groundbreaking projects possible. To name just a few: transgenic mice, DNA microarrays, MRIs, and sophisticated neuroanatomical injections to visualize individual neurons.

The Benefits of Boston and Sargent

Beyond the University, there is Boston itself. Through the city’s many academic and research institutions, you’ll find even more intellectual and educational opportunities.

Finally, keep your career opportunities in mind. With this doctoral degree from Sargent College, you’ll be well prepared for a career in research, education, or clinical work at a prestigious institution or innovative company. This list of program graduates is filled with excellent examples of doors that open to our graduates.

Note that the PhD Program in Human Physiology is currently designated by US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a STEM-eligible degree program. International students in F-1 student status may be able to apply for a 24-month extension of their 12-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization.  More information about STEM OPT eligibility is available from the BU International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).