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Qualification of Applicants

Selection of candidates for acceptance into the special master's program in physiology is based on overall undergraduate college performance (and post-baccalaureate performance if applicable), MCAT scores, CV, letters of recommendation, and personal statement.

  • Successful applicants typically have an undergraduate/post-baccalaureate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Successful applicants typically have an MCAT score in the top tertile (≥67%), i.e. 504 or above.
  • The admissions committee asks for letters of recommendation from three individuals (at least two letters must be from university/college faculty).
  • Applicants are expected to provide a résumé/curriculum vitae detailing educational, professional and extracurricular experiences. 
  • The applicant's written personal statement should define their interest in the program. Although applicants can use their personal statement from their medical school application, we encourage students to include a description of their goals for this program in terms how it will address perceived deficiencies in their overall application to medical school.
  • Applicants are normally (though not universally) US or Canadian citizens or US permanent residents. Exceptions may be made depending on the stated aims of the applicant regarding their medical school application. If you are not a US or Canadian citizen or a US permanent resident, you are invited to include in your personal statement an outline of your plans to gain matriculation into medical school.

Previous MS students have suggested that applicants have experience in an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate Biochemistry course before applying to our program, as it is a major component of the M1 curriculum.

Students accepted in our program generally fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • graduates with a significant gap in time
  • graduates with a non-biomedical science degree
  • graduates with poor GPAs that do not accurately reflect their academic potential


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Pharmacology & Physiology Master's Programs
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 670576
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0576

Ms. Tracy Yarchi
Program Manager
Email: yarchit@UCMAIL.UC.EDU