Post-Baccalaureate Program: MS in Medical Physiology

Dr. Ming Li, Director of Graduate Studies


The Master’s Program in Medical Physiology at Tulane University is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree (BS or BA) in a chemical/physical/ biological discipline or pre-medical program who are seeking advanced training in the physiological sciences, typically in preparation for admission to a professional medical program (e.g. Medical School, Dental School, Physician Assistant program, Pharmacy School, Veterinary Medicine School, etc.), Ph.D. program, or for preparation to work in academia or biotechnology. Students with other undergraduate backgrounds who have successfully completed the courses required for application to medical school or other health professions programs are also qualified to apply to this program. This program is also suitable for those who are teaching biology in community colleges or high schools and want to refresh their knowledge of updated biomedical advances. Students who want a career in administration of biomedical technology companies and their research programs also should consider this degree program. Foreign students holding a bachelor of medicine degree who want to start/advance their research experiences are also encouraged to apply to this program.

Graduates of the Medical Physiology Master’s Program can pursue careers in basic and clinical research, research administration, teaching or management in academia, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, private research institutions, government science or regulatory agencies, and health care.

Students in the Master of Medical Physiology degree program are expected to complete the required courses in Medical Physiology (6 credits), Cell Biology (3 credits) or Graduate Biochemistry (4 credits) or Graduate Neuroscience (3 credits) in the Fall semester. The Medical Physiology courses are conducted in a tutorial/ lecture format and are designed to introduce the students to the basic physiological principles that explain cellular physiology and the function of the organ systems. In the second (Spring) semester, students will take advanced courses covering Cardiovascular Physiology, Endocrinology, Renal Physiology, or Membrane Physiology. Students will also receive hands-on training in animal physiology lab and participate in the robot simulation project.

To successfully complete the program, students must have a final grade point average greater than 3.0. The MS in Medical Physiology may be a terminal degree or may lead to admission to medical, dental, Ph.D., pharmacy, nursing, or other health-related programs.




Undergraduate certification and a baccalaureate degree in biology or related major is required for admission. For the US applicants, a minimum GPA of 3.0 and either MCAT of 27 or GRE of 310 is required. For the non-US applicant, a GRE score of 310 or above is required.


Application for admission to the Master of Science degree program in physiology should be submitted to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences Office. The non-refundable application fee of $50.00 should be made to Tulane University. Completed applications should be submitted by July 12, 2014. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The application forms for the Master of Science degree can be downloaded from the Tulane University website:


Students must take 30 credit hours of course work during the fall and spring semesters and complete the requirements for the degree.


The Master of Science degree in physiology curriculum is a one-year program, which starts on August 1 and ends by June 30 the following year.



  • $25,000 -  Tuition, to be paid on a two-semester basis
  • $150       -  Reily Recreation Center
  • $320       -  Student Health Service
  • $400       -  Academy Support Service
  • $120       -  Student Activities

Ming Li, PhD, Director of the Master Program of Physiology
Tel: (504) 988-5252, Fax: (504) 988-2675




GPSO-7170 Medical Terminology And Abbreviations (On-line, August) (3 credits):
This on-line course provides definition and appropriate use of common medical terminology and abbreviations. It is especially beneficial for students who are newly committed in medical sciences and who have foreign culture background.

GPSO-6040 Medical Physiology (M/W/F 2:00 PM-3:45 PM) (6 credits):
A major physiology course taught by various faculty in the Physiology Department. This course covers most important concepts in medical physiology, along with updated information and in-depth discussion in all fields of interest related to physiological function.

BMSP 6070 Cell Biology (T/Th 9:30-11:00) (3 credits) (Elective):
This course introduces all major aspects of cellular structure and function. It specifically covers cytoplasmic membranes, protein trafficking, cellular signaling and cell proliferating mechanisms.

GBCH-6010-01 Graduate Biochemistry (W/F 8:30-10:30) (4 credits) (Elective):
The course objective is to provide graduate level exposure to basic Biochemistry, including the structure and function of proteins, membranes and lipids, the basis of enzyme function and metabolic cycles, glycoconjugate biochemistry, and DNA/RNA structure and function.

NSCI 7110 Graduate Neuroscience (T/Th 2:00 PM-3:15 PM uptown, Jones 108) (3 credits) (Elective):
Advanced survey of basic cellular neuroscience, including neuronal electrogenic properties, mechanisms of synaptic transmission, neuronal systems and synaptic plasticity.

GPSO-7910-01 Seminars in Physiology (M 12:00 AM-1:00 PM) (1 credit):
Seminars in physiology present cutting edge research scientists of national prominence and Tulane Faculty. A one-page report is required at the end of seminar series.

GPSO-7180 Selected Topics Independent (1 credit):
Self-study under the direction of a faculty mentor in a selected topic in physiology. A final report is required.


GPSO-7600-01 Vascular Physiology (TBA) (3 credits) (Elective):
This advanced course covers in-depth topics in cardiovascular physiology and its association with other systems to regulate body function. The objective of the course is to provide the students with comprehensive knowledge of cardiac and vascular function and its regulation by neural, hormonal and other systems.

GPSO-7560 Signal Transduction and Hormone Action (F 2:00 PM-4:00 PM) (2 credits) (Elective):
This course provided current molecular mechanisms for cellular signal transduction pathways and hormone action including membrane receptors and downstream pathways, second messenger systems, receptor-ion channels, kinase/phosphatases, extracellular matrix signaling, signaling and cell death, Wnt signaling pathways and nuclear receptor signaling.

GPSO-7320-01 Renal Physiology (W 9:00-12:00) (3 credits) (Elective):
This course provides updated information regarding renal function and renal/hormonal control of blood pressure. The roles of kidney function in hypertension, diabetes mellitus and other human diseases are also covered.

PYSI 6250 Membrane Physiology (Receptors and Ion Channels) (Tu 4:00 PM-5:00 PM) (2 credits) (Elective):
This course will focus on the new frontier of ion channel related pathophysiology and new avenues of treatment of human diseases including cancer, diabetes mellitus and hypertension.

GPSO-6060 Experimental Physiology Lab (F 1:00 PM-4:00 PM) (2 credit) (Elective):
This course provides students’ hands-on experiences to perform the physiological experiments with human body, animals and computer simulation modeling systems.

GPSO-6070 Techniques In Physiology (M TBA) (1 credit) (Elective):
This course will discuss the principles and applications of cutting-edged molecular biological and biophysical techniques in the physiological sciences.

GPSO-9990 Selected Topics Independent (thesis) (3 credits):
Non-research thesis is required under the direction of faculty. The thesis will be constructed as a formal report of 15 pages or more.


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