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Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

Special Master’s Program in Physiology

Success Rates

UC's special master's program in physiology graduated its first class in 2007.  Though many of our students apply and get accepted during their year in our program, the success rate for admission of our graduates into professional schools is best illustrated after a "gap year". The table below provides success rates for graduates of the UC special master's program in physiology applying to medical or other professional school, by program year.  To our knowledge, we are one of the few programs of this type that actively track and report the success rates of our graduates in this fashion.  Please consult our alumni pages for specific information about our graduates and their career destination. 

Program year Students admitted to medical school during the program yeara Total students admitted to medical (or dental) schoolb
2006–07 53% 100%
2007–08 53% 89%
2008–09 55% 95%
2009–10 48% 100%
2010–11 82% 92%
2011–12 69% 93%
2012–13 78% 97%
2013–14 52% 90%
2014–15 64% 97%
2015–16 63% 96%
2016–17 63% 83%c
2017–18 56%c

aExpressed as percent of the total number of students who applied to medical (or dental) school during the program.
bExpressed as percent of the total number of graduates who applied to medical (or dental) school.
cAs of Oct 1, 2018

Program Comparisons

Refer to the table below to compare UC's special master's program in physiology program with similar programs at other institutions.

Side-by-side with medical students?
Program duration (years)
Tuition (annual)
Cost-of-living indexd
Number of students per year
University of Cincinnati Yes 1 $37,000/$37,400e 100% 32
Georgetown University Yes 1 $52,037e 162% 160
Eastern Virginia Medical School Yes 1-2 $37,658/$44,938e 105% 61
Case Western Reserve No  1-2 $45,186 to $67,752  111%  100-150 
University of Toledo No   1 $26,491/$26,645  96% 60 
Boston University No 1-2 $52,816e 159% 170-180
Drexel University (IMS) No 1 $26,984e 131% NA
Loyola University No 1-2 $44,160e 128% NA

dCost-of-living index relative to Cincinnati (100%) from, accessed May 1, 2017
eRates provided are tuition only, for academic year 2018–19 (in-state/out-of-state, if applicable)

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