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Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

Special Master’s Program in Physiology

  • Physiology Class of 2018
  • Physiology Class of 2017
  • White Coat Ceremony


Apply now for admission to the SMP for 2019–20.

Applications are now being accepted for admission to the Special Master's Program in Physiology for academic year 2019–20. Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2019.

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New in 2018–19: Medical school interview at UC

Beginning with the Class of 2019, UC SMP graduates who submit a medical-school application to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine will be invited for interview provided that their performance in the SMP has met certain academic criteria and their conduct satisfies our high standards of professionalism. Students who have been interviewed by UC medical school admissions within the program year are not eligible for an automatic interview after they have graduated from the SMP.

About the Program

The special master's program (SMP), formally Master of Science (MS) in Physiology, is a one-year program designed to help college graduates strengthen their academic credentials in preparation for application to U.S. medical schools (please see our success rate table). The cornerstone of the MS program curriculum provides our students with a significant integrated experience with first-year medical students (M1) at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Additionally, students are paired with faculty and peer mentors who help guide each student throughout the year.

Our master's program is approximately 11 months in duration (it begins in mid August and ends in late June). Participants can only enroll in the program as full-time students.

While there is no guarantee that completion of this program will lead to acceptance to medical school, the master's program provides credentials that allow for direct comparison of our graduates to current medical school students at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Why Cincinnati?

Since 2007, we have helped nearly 90% of each graduating class gain acceptance to medical school. While there are no guarantees, the MS in Physiology program provides a direct comparison with medical students and will significantly strengthen your application credentials. Here are some quick facts about our program:

  • Our small class size (32 students) allows us to devote significant resources to each student.
  • Over half of the year is spent alongside medical students, taking the same classes and working alongside them.
  • The Program Director writes periodic updates on each student and sends them to the school(s) of their choosing.
  • Our Capstone Project offers the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty adviser on a comprehensive literature or laboratory-based project.
  • The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is a consistently highly ranked, well-respected medical school, and is the second oldest public medical school in the country (founded 1819).
  • Cincinnati is an affordable and fun city to live in, with a plethora of beautiful parks and diverse social offerings.


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Recent News from the Master’s Program

SMP Alumnus Awarded the 2016 Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship.

Patrick Lee

May 13, 2016—Patrick Lee, a 2015 graduate of the Special Master's Program in Physiology and current UC college of medicine 2nd-year student has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Alpha Omega Alpha Society. Read more

SMP Graduates Elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)

May 5, 2016—The purpose of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is to promote a culture of humanism in the practice of medicine by publicly recognizing students, residents and faculty whose clinical competence and professionalism include exceptional humanistic behavior and commitment to service.

Each spring, the UC College of Medicine’s chapter of GHHS recognizes those students who at the end of their third year have demonstrated exemplary attitudes and behaviors characteristic of the most humanistic physicians: integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy, and service. Read about GHHS

We are proud to have the following SMP graduates among the GHHS Class of 2017:

Farah Dababhoy
Zuri Hemphill
Arjan Hura
Shama Milon