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Post-Bacc Program MS in Medical Physiology, Field of Study: Medical Physiology (MS-B)


Use the university's online Application  

Everyone should apply to the Plan-B MS in Medical Physiology program. If you are interested in enrolling in the Plan-A MS in Medical Physiology program (requiring Research Thesis), the dual MS/MBA degree program or an area of concentration (AOC) after the first year, you should indicate this in your personal statement. Students can enroll in the entire program as Internet students and complete the program online. However, students should understand that the Internet courses are just as intensive as the in-class courses, and that enrolling in the program full-time requires a full-time commitment to be successful. 

Letters of Recommendation:

The names and email addresses for three references should be entered into the online system.  The letters of recommendation can then be entered into the system directly by the references. This is the preferred method. Alternatively, references can send letters directly to  Letters can also be submitted via Interfolio to If the letters of recommendation will arrive by any method other than the online application system, the applicant should still enter the references’ names and email addresses into the online system. Please do not submit the same letter multiple times through different methods. This delays the processing time.


Transcripts for students who have not yet received an admission decision should be mailed to Mr. Benjamin Reece using the contact information below.  Unofficial transcripts can be submitted along with the online application (preferred) or emailed to Mr. Reece to expedite the department review process and notification of decision. However, official acceptance by the School of Graduate Studies, which follows the department review, requires that all official transcripts are first received. If unofficial transcripts are used or if the transcript shows that the applicant has not yet graduated with an undergraduate degree, the student can be granted a conditional acceptance and a new transcript showing the graduation will have to be submitted at a later time directly to the School of Graduate Studies. The online application system may continue to indicate that the transcripts have not yet been received if the transcripts were unofficial or did not show a graduation date. Please make sure that all unofficial transcripts are legible and include the name of the institution and student.

If a student receives a conditional acceptance and needs to send official transcripts after receiving this conditional acceptance, students should send transcripts directly to:

Case Western Reserve University
School of Graduate Studies, Tomlinson 203
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7027

Electronic transcripts:

If your transcript accidently gets sent to Mr. Reece after conditional acceptance, there is no need to contact the office. It will be forwarded via campus mail.

Standardized Test Scores:

GRE, MCAT, DAT, PAT, or PANCE scores are required for the application process. Of the GRE, MCAT, DAT, PAT, or PANCE, only one exam is required.

For international students, additionally either the TOEFL or IELTS is required, but not both. In order to waive the TOEFL or IELTS score an applicant must meet one of the following requirements : 1) the student speaks English as their native language, 2) the student has completed a bachelor’s or higher degree at a foreign university where the instruction was in English, or 3) the student has earned a bachelor’s or higher degree in a U.S. college or university. The waiver will not be applied until review of the official transcripts with degree verification. To be considered for admission, the minimal IELTS score is 7.0, and the minimum TOEFL score is 90. We do not give conditional admission if a language test is required and one of these scores has not been met.

GRE scores should be sent to CWRU using the school code 1105. MCAT Score Reports, DAT, PAT, PANCE, TOEFL, and IELTS scores (if applicable) should be emailed in PDF format to using a clear version that includes the applicant’s name and date of birth on the same page as the scores. We do not require MCAT scores to be sent by AMCAS, however we do require the verification code to be provided with your MCAT scores.

Personal Statement and Curricula Vitae (CV)/Resume:

A personal statement is required and should be submitted along with the online application. A CV or resume is optional and can be submitted along with the online application.

Deadlines for MS in Medical Physiology applications, 2017:

  • Rolling admission for Fall 2017 begins October 3, 2016.
  • June 19, 2017: Online application form and personal statement due
  • July 17, 2017: All other accompanying material (i.e. letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores) due
  • August 01, 2017: Absolute last date for accepted students to accept offer in Hobson to guarantee placement in the program. Early acceptance, if possible, is encouraged to expedite financial aid and visa processing, if applicable.

Admission is granted on a rolling basis. Applications are processed faster when the applicant first completes the online application and accompanying documents are received afterwards. If an applicant submits accompanying materials before submitting the online application, the online application system will not immediately reflect whether the accompanying materials have been received. All documents sent to should be in PDF format and contain the applicant's name in the attachment. The applicant will be notified of the department’s decision by e-mail. The School of Graduate Studies will send accepted students an e-mail, and students must follow the link in the e-mail and accept the position in Hobson, the online system used for the application process. When a student accepts the offer in Hobson, a student identification number will be generated by the School of Graduate Studies. We strongly recommend that students who know they will attend the program formally accept the offer as soon as possible, since formal acceptance of the program by the student is required before a student identification number is issued. This identification number is necessary to apply for financial aid and register for classes. These processes take time and are out of the control of the department.

International students should apply as soon as possible, as we cannot help in obtaining a student visa until after the student has accepted the offer of admission. Time delays may occur from the time it takes for physical delivery of visa application materials to the student's home address, extended wait times for visa appointments at US consulates, and background checks.

Successful applicants typically have:

  • MCAT scores totaling around 25 (old scores) or 500 (new scores).
  • DAT scores totaling around 18.
  • GRE scores on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical components of the exam greater than the 40th percentile.
  • Cummulative undergraduate grade point average of greater than 2.9.
  • Good foundation in physical/chemical/biological sciences.
  • International applicants must have a TOEFL score of at least 90 or IELS score of at least 7.0, or prove to the satisfaction of the Graduate School that the medium of instruction was English.

We have no absolute criteria for selecting applicants based on these standardized exams or undergraduate grade point averages.  Each student is evaluated on the merits of the total application: standardized test scores, undergraduate and graduate grade point averages, letters of recommendation (3), and an application essay (personal statement) describing their interest in the program and career plans.

Accepted Students:

After a student is recommended for acceptance by the department, application materials are sent to the School of Graduate Studies for processing. After the materials are processed, the School of Graduate Studies will send accepted students an email with a link to accept or decline the offer of admission. YOU NEED TO FOLLOW THIS LINK AND FOLLOW THE PROMPTS TO ACCEPT OR DECLINE THE OFFER OF ADMISSION.

In order to enroll for classes, process financial aid (if applicable), and process a student visa (if applicable) you will have to formally accept the decision to attend. Once the offer of admission is accepted, full-time students can enroll in the 9 hours of core physiology courses for fall semester (Medical Physiology I - PHOL 481, Translational Physiology I – PHOL 483, and Physiology Seminar – PHOL 498A). 

Students should contact the Office of University Financial Aid ( directly regarding financial aid questions. No financial aid is provided by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. Memos of assistance, which are required for student loans, are automatically prepared by the department for incoming students after the student formally accepts the offer of admission from the School of Graduate Studies and a student ID number is issued. No additional information is required from you by the department. The form will be faxed by the department to the Office of University Financial Aid.

There is a wide diversity of housing options within walking distance to the university. Information can be found at:


Ph.D. in Structural Biology and Biophysics (SBB-TP)


The SBB-TP encourages a pre-application. See for the SBB-TP pre-application.

Complete application procedures are as outlined for "Physiology and Biophysics" below (1 through 5) with the exception that students should select "sbb-tp: Structural Biology and Biophysics Training Program" rather than "Physiology and Biophysics" at step 4.


Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics


Applications to the Ph.D. program in Physiology and Biophysics are processed through the Case Western Reserve University Biomedical Sciences Training Program (BSTP). Students who wish to join the Department of Physiology and Biophysics directly should follow these specific instructions:

  1. Open the Case Western Reserve University School of Graduate Studies application web page (Link To Application Page), create an account and start an application.

  2. On page 2 of the application ("Enrollment Information"), under "Academic Program" scroll down to "Biomedical Sciences" and select "Biomedical Sciences Training Program". Complete the rest of the page.

  3. Continue to fill out the application pages (... 3. Personal Contact, 4. Emergency Contact, 5. Additional Information, 6. Educational History, 7. Test Scores, 8. Work Experience ...).

  4. On page 9 of the application ("BSTP Supplemental"), in the Priority Program of Interest box, select “Physiology and Biophysics”.  Selecting the Physiology and Biophysics Priority Program of Interest (PPI) option will identify you as a BSTP applicant that seeks admission specifically to the Physiology and Biophysics Ph.D. program.

  5. Complete the application as directed.


Deadlines for Ph.D. program applications:

Priority will be given to applications received by December 1. We will continue to review applications received after the priority deadline, but not beyond the final application deadline of January 15.  Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee as soon as it is complete.


A completed application has all of the following parts:

  1. The completed online application.

  2. Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework sent to the BSTP office at the address below. The transcript must be in a sealed envelope from your university.

  3. Official scores of the GRE exam. Please have your scores sent to Case Western Reserve University (Institution Code 1105).

  4. Official score from the TOEFL exam if you are applying from Puerto Rico or a foreign country. Please have your scores sent to Case Western Reserve University (Institution Code 1105).

  5. Three letters of recommendation. The online application will request recommenders' contact info for electronic submission.

  6. Application fee (US $50). When you submit an online application, you may pay by check or credit card.


We will waive the application fee for students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Details on the waiver procedure are available on the BSTP application web page.


GRE and TOEFL scores: Institution Code 1105


BSTP PhD Program:

Many of your questions regarding the BSTP application procedure can be answered by reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you need more information, please use our contact form, send email to, or phone us at 216-368-3347. 
GRE and TOEFL scores: Institution Code 1105

Submit additional materials to:

Biomedical Sciences Training Program
School of Medicine, TG-1
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-4934, USA


Schedule for All Accepted Graduate Students:

See the Graduate School calendar:

Physiology and Biophysics/SBB-TP Contact Information:

Program Manager:
All Departmental Programs

Benjamin Reece Program Manager:</br>All Departmental Programs

Case Western Reserve University
Dept. Physiology & Biophysics
Attn: Benjamin Hintze Reece
SOM E527
10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106-4970


Director of Admissions:
MS in Medical Physiology

Andrea Romani Director of Admissions:</br>MS in Medical Physiology

Andrea Romani, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

Case Western Reserve University
Dept. Physiology & Biophysics
Attn: Andrea Romani, MD, PhD
School of Medicine E528
10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44116-4970