Master of Science

Program Requirements

A total of 1.5 full-credit equivalent (FCE) in Physiology courses, with the following guidelines:

  • 0.5 FCE in PSL1000H - Seminars in Physiology MSc (mandatory for all Graduate Students in Physiology).
  • 0.5 FCE in Physiology Graduate-only Courses.
  • 0.5 FCE with a choice of: Preferably, a Physiology graduate-only course or Physiology Joint Graduate-Undergraduate Course. Rarely, a course taken in another department **.

** Courses taken in other departments may be counted towards a degree, but only upon approval of the Graduate Coordinator and with no other appropriate courses available in the Department of Physiology. A Course Permission Form Course Permission Form.pdf (22.42 KB) with full explanation must be completed and submitted to the Graduate Studies Office.

  • Attendance at and contribution to the departmental seminar program is an important part of graduate education and is a requirement of the program.
  • Present and defend a research thesis acceptable to the graduate department. 
  • After 12 to 18 months in the MSc program, students will do one of the following:
  1. write and defend a MSc thesis and graduate 
  2. write and defend a thesis and go on to the PhD program 
  3. transfer from the MSc into the PhD program. Transfer is encouraged for students who have made substantial progress in their research and have demonstrated the desire and potential to meet the requirements of a rigorous research training program. Such students will have fulfilled all course requirements for the MSc with at least an A- average and have demonstrated potential for publication of their work. There must be a clearly identified program for future research that continues, or is consistent with, work already underway. Too large a project for the MSc is not a reason for transfer to the PhD.

General Requirements for a Completed Master's Degree

Supervisory Committee Meetings & Annual Reports

Mandatory Seminar Attendance

Thesis Organization

Composition of the Examination Committee

Deadlines and Thesis Submission

Finishing Up

Transfer from MSc to PhD

Summary of What You Must Do

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