The Ball State Department of Biology offers two paths for our master’s degree in physiology depending on your academic and professional interests.

The master of arts (MA) degree is designed for students seeking in-depth coverage of physiological principles pertaining to the human organism, endocrinology, renal function, cardiovascular dynamics, neurophysiology, and pathophysiology. You can complete the requirements for the Master of Arts in one academic year, which includes a summer semester.

The master of science (MS) offers a similarly rigorous curriculum to that of the MA program, but you will also be required to demonstrate a high level of research skills by completing a research thesis. You may be selected to pursue the M.S. in physiology, usually in your second year. Selection is dependent on your academic performance and approval of the professor who assumes responsibility as your thesis advisor. Faculty may require successful completion of an independent study with the advisor, submission of a student grant, submission of a research abstract, or equivalent experiences.

For either degree, you will find our master’s program in physiology to be a great precursor for pursuing advanced degree programs. Many of our graduates pursue degrees in medicine or dentistry, or enroll in doctoral programs. Other students obtain research jobs in academia and industry or teach at a community college.

Applicants to the master’s degree program in physiology must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an academic major or minor in biology, the life sciences, or equivalent science fields. A minimum of two courses in biology and two courses in organic chemistry are required for admission to the program. Applicants for graduate teaching assistantships must have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.

What It’s Like to Earn a Master’s Degree in Physiology at Ball State


Our department stresses hands-on learning opportunities. You’ll have access to lab-based and/or field-based research alongside our faculty, with opportunities to attend regional and national conferences.

Our faculty is focused on providing top-quality, one-on-one instruction to students. Many of our professors also have active laboratories or research areas that employ graduate students with interests in a variety of biological disciplines.

The Department of Biology is the largest department in the College of Sciences and Humanities, and one of the largest at Ball State University. But we keep lab and class sizes small to ensure individualized attention.

Program Requirements

Master of Arts

Credits Required

30-31

Courses

The courses you will take to complete this degree are:

  • CHEM 563 and CHEM 564 – Principles of Biochemistry 1 and 2
  • PHYS 685 – Research Techniques in Physiology
  • PHYS 611 – Endocrinology or PHYS 613 – Renal Physiology
  • PHYS 614 – Cardiovascular Physiology or PHYS 620 – Neuroscience
  • ANAT 625 – Human Embyrology and Histology or PHYS 690 – Advanced Topics in Physiology
  • 9 credit hours of anatomy or physiology electives
  • 3 credit hours of general electives

Credits Required

30-31

Courses

The courses you will take to complete this degree are:

  • BIO 629 - Seminar in Biology (1 credit hour)
  • PHYS 695 - Current Issues in Physiology (1 credit hours)
  • CHEM 563 and CHEM 564 – Principles of Biochemistry 1 and 2
  • PHYS 685 – Research Techniques in Physiology
  • PHYS 611 - Endocrinology or PHYS 613 - Renal Physiology
  • PHYS 614 - Cardiovascular Physiology or PHYS 620 Neuroscience
  • ANAT 625 - Human Embryology and Histology or PHYS 690 - Advanced Topics in Physiology
  • 3 credit hours of anatomy or physiology electives
  • 3 credit hours of general electives
  • THES 698 - Thesis (6 credit hours)

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Graduate Catalog

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Physiology?

Many of our graduates pursue degrees in medicine or dentistry or enroll in doctoral programs. Other students obtain research jobs in academia and industry or teach at a community college.

Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

Ready to Apply? 

Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Then you will need to meet our admissions criteria and apply.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about this program or about Ball State Graduate School in general, please complete our online form to request more information. Or if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.

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