In the MS 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 two distinct concentrations so you can choose the track that’s right for you: Research or Accelerated.

Note that the Master of Science 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).

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

For those in the accelerated or research tracks, you design the curriculum based on your own academic interests, 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 accelerated track) or thesis (part of the two-year degree requirements for those pursuing the Research track).

We aim to provide one of the most dynamic, flexible, and exciting environments anywhere to prepare for further study in medicine, 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, the MS in Human Physiology is a great way to get there.

In addition to flexibility, this Sargent College program offers other major advantages:

  • 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 nearly $20 million in outside funding, making it among the most highly funded colleges at BU.
  • Boston itself – this vibrant city is teeming with healthcare and research opportunities. Boston ranks as the number one city in the country for medical universities and top-ranking hospitals. Greater Boston is home to more than 1,000 biotech companies. Altogether Boston is home to a rich and diverse community of scientists and clinicians and many, many opportunities for experience.

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