Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology (NCBP)

Master of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience

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Why Choose the Physiology and Neuroscience Program?

The two year Master of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience degree can be earned through one of two programs - the thesis option or the course option.

The thesis option is for students who need or desire the full range of professional experience, including intensive research and writing. This option assures training in research techniques and in the preparation of scholarly papers. It culminates in the preparation and defense of a thesis based on original research. The student's program of study is an initiation into methods of focused study and research in a selected area of physiology or neuroscience.

The course option allows the student to plan a program of study that, along with the degree requirements, satisfies his or her educational needs and career objectives. This might be to extend knowledge for a current position, or as preparation for one of many health professions. The student's program of study typically culminates with two scientific writing courses broadly in the areas of Physiology and/or Neuroscience.

Academics and Curriculum

View Master of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.

NCBP Graduate Student Handbook (PDF)

Opportunities for Advanced Study

While the department does not offer a Ph.D. in physiology and neuroscience, a continuation of graduate studies with our faculty — by students from this or any other graduate program— may lead to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Biomedical Sciences. This is offered in conjunction with the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program at Wright State University.

Program Goals

The goals of the graduate program are to provide the opportunity for graduate students to apply their knowledge of physiology and neuroscience to solve an original problem through laboratory research and to achieve a high level of professional competence.

All graduates of the program develop a depth of understanding of human physiology and neurobiology, are afforded the opportunity to prepare for a career in researchand are prepared for further professional study following graduation.

The graduate program:

  • Prepares you for a research career in the biomedical sciences
  • Serves as a transition to a Ph.D. program or other professional program
  • Features courses taught by full-time Graduate School faculty
  • Provides a strong academic foundation in physiology and neuroscience


Applicants must have a baccalaureate (B.S., B.A.) or equivalent degree from an accredited institution and should have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or above to be adequately prepared for graduate work in anatomy. Although there are no required prerequisite courses, applicants should have completed at least one year of biology and two years of chemistry, including organic chemistry.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) should only be submitted if the applicant’s GPA is less than 3.00. The GRE total should exceed 305 (minimum 153 verbal, 152 quantitative). An international student’s TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score should exceed 550, or a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL-IBT exam. This program does not accept the International Language Testing System (IELTS).

A graduate application must be completed and forwarded to the Graduate School. Transcripts from all institutions attended, an application fee, a personal statement and two letters of recommendation, preferably from college faculty who are familiar with your academic ability and potential for success in a graduate program, must be submitted. An interview is required. 

The application deadline for fall semester is August 1.

Graduate application forms and instructions are on the Graduate School website.

For more information, contact:

Graduate School
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
(937) 775-2976 or (800) 452-4723 (toll free)
Fax: (937) 775-2453

Additional questions? Contact Kim Hagler, Program Secretary at (937) 775-4496 in the NCBP Graduate Program Office located in 105 White Hall.

Success Stories

Physiology and neuroscience graduate student Ryan Rakoczy hopes to develop better treatments for prematurely born infants and others with breathing ailments.