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.

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


Our department stresses hands-on learning opportunities outside the classroom. You’ll have access to many paid and volunteer lab and field-work assignments alongside our faculty, including funded research abroad and national and international 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 585 – Research Techniques in Physiology
  • PHYS 511 – Endocrinology or PHYS 513 – Renal Physiology
  • PHYS 514 – Cardiovascular Physiology or PHYS 520 – Neuroscience
  • ANAT 525 – Human Embyrology and Histology or PHYS 590 – Advanced Topics in Physiology
  • 9 hours of anatomy or physiology electives
  • 3 hours of general electives

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 585 – Research Techniques in Physiology
  • THES 698 - Thesis
  • PHYS 511 – Endocrinology or PHYS 513 – Renal Physiology
  • PHYS 514 – Cardiovascular Physiology or PHYS 520 – Neuroscience
  • ANAT 525 – Human Embyrology and Histology or PHYS 590 – Advanced Topics in Physiology
  • 3 hours of anatomy or physiology electives
  • 3 hours of general electives

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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