Physiology and Developmental Biology
Application Deadlines
Fall:April 15
Winter:April 15
Summer:April 15
Contact Information: 
4006 LSB
Program Requirements: 

This MS degree program provides students with a sound understanding of current concepts in physiology and/or developmental biology. The thesis research project teaches the fundamentals of scientific inquiry and trains the student in state-of-the-art research techniques. Submission of the thesis to a peer-reviewed journal is highly encouraged but not required.

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit hours (30): minimum 24 approved course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (PDBio 699R).
  • Required courses (11 hours): Bio 503 (1 hour); PDBio 582 or 601 (3 hours), 694R (2 hours), 696R (2 hours); Stat 511 or equivalent (3 hours).
  • A Seminar must be presented each year (PDBio 694R)
  • Thesis: standard university thesis format or journal publication format.
  • Examinations: (A) course work oral examination; (B) oral defense of thesis.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests


Additional Requirements

Resume required

Document summarizing interest level, likely fit, and desire to conduct graduate research with at least 5 specific faculty members in the program.

Program Outcomes: 

Advanced Physiology and Developmental Biology

Students will describe the current state of the discipline in their area of specialization as well as foundational theories, concepts and practices of the field. Students will add new knowledge to their field through designing and conducting experimental procedures, analyzing the collected data, and determining how the new knowledge fits in with current understanding.

Critical Literature Analysis and Effective Communication

Critically evaluate current literature in the discipline and generate effective oral and written presentations.

Research Design and Experience

Successfully apply the scientific method by generating a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis through personal research that includes appropriate controls, and formulating defensible conclusions.

Independent Work and Thought

Work independently and think for oneself.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 5
International 1
Female 2
Non-White 1
BYU Undergraduate 4
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 310.0
GRE Quantitative Score 155.8
GRE Quantitative Percentile 62.5
GRE Verbal Score 154.2
GRE Verbal Percentile 62.6
GRE Analytical Score 4.0
GRE Analytical Percentile 57.5
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.1
Graduated Per Year 4.8
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 7.2
Admitted Per Year 4.6
Percent Admitted 63.89
Average GPA 3.47