The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Physiology Admission Requirements - University Park (Main) Campus

Criteria you need to meet to be considered for admission to the Physiology graduate program at Penn State

Application Deadline:  January 15

To be considered for admission to the Physiology graduate program, you need to meet certain minimum criteria for:



Note: International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a masters degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following countries:

  • An appropriate academic background, including a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) during the last two years (junior/senior) of a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university.
    • Ideally, you will have taken the following courses at undergraduate level: biochemistry, a basic cell and molecular biology course, and a mammalian physiology course (with a practical, laboratory component). Deficiencies in chemistry, biological science, mathematics and physics must be made up early in the graduate program.
  • Score on the general GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Aptitude Test.
    • Institution code: 2660
    • Department code: 0217
  • Proficiency in the English language. With some exceptions (noted below), international candidates are required to take the TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and submit the results of the test with application for admission.
    • (TOEFL) Institution code: 2660
    • (TOEFL) Department code: 49
    • Australia
    • Belize
    • British Caribbean and British West Indies
    • Canada (except Quebec)
    • England
    • Guyana
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Liberia
    • New Zealand
    • Northern Ireland
    • Scotland
    • United States
    • Wales



    You also need to complete the forms and send us the materials outlined in the instructions on how to apply.