PhD Degree Requirements

The department offers a graduate program in human physiology with an emphasis on research, leading to a PhD. The primary goal of this program is to provide classroom and research experiences that will allow students to grow into professionals with the knowledge and experience to be great researchers.

The program also provides students with the opportunity to grow as university-level educators. This is an individualized program with a strong emphasis on research. Decisions on accepting applicants to the graduate program are made by the faculty based on space within laboratories and financial support available, both of which vary greatly from year to year.

It is important to understand that admissions are made on an individual lab level. To be accepted into our program, a faculty member must be willing to accept you as a graduate student in their research lab.

Srithip Prime

Graduate Coordinator:
Srithip Prime
E-mail: srithips@uoregon.edu
Phone number: 541-346-4337
Office hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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Andy Karduna

Director of Graduate Studies:
Andy Karduna
E-mail: karduna@uoregon.edu
Phone: 541-346-8468
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Doctorate Program Handbook

Our Student Handbook for the Research Intensive Graduate program holds important information about our graduate program. Please review it here. 

PhD Handbook


Admissions Requirements

Recommended criteria for applying to the graduate program include the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.40 or higher on a 4.00 scale
  • Completed coursework with a grade of B+ or better in general chemistry, general biology, and two courses of physiology or combined anatomy and physiology
  • International students who have not received a degree from a university in a country whose official language is English must have a TOEFL score of 575 (paper test) or 90 (Internet-based test) or an IELTS overall band score of 7.0.

Minimum requirements for admission to all graduate programs include the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale
  • Completed course work with a grade of B- or better in general chemistry, general biology, and two courses of physiology or combined anatomy and physiology
  • International students who have not received a degree from a university in a country whose official language is English must have a TOEFL score of 575 (paper test) or 90 (Internet-based test) or an IELTS overall band score of 7.0
  • Human Physiology does not require GRE scores

Admissions Process

Admission is granted for Fall term only. The window for applications opens September 1st, 2021. The deadline for Fall 2022 admission is December 1st, 2021.

Complete the online application form from the Graduate School and pay a $70 non-refundable filing fee (International applicants $90).

Fee waiver: The Division of Graduate Studies offers waivers for applicants who meet specific criteria. Check to see if you qualify here.

Online Graduate Application

In the Human Physiology section of the online graduate application, submit the following information:

  • Faculty member(s) who you would like to work with.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Your previous coursework in chemistry, biology, and physiology
  • Unofficial copies of your transcripts

2. Arrange to have at least two letters of recommendation submitted from individuals who can attest to your potential for graduate study.

3. Submit official transcripts of prior academic work to:

Office of the Registrar
5257 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

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4. If English is a second language, submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS scores to:

University of Oregon
Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217

Department of Human Physiology Graduate Studies 1240 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-1240


Research PHD Program Application Tips

Thanks for your interest in our PhD program. Below are some helpful tips to ensure the smooth completion of your application.

Letters of Recommendation

You will need at least two letters of recommendation. When you enter your recommenders’ information and press SAVE, your recommenders will immediately receive an automated email with instructions on how to respond. They will be able to submit their letters prior to the submission of your application. Once emails have been sent, you will not be able to modify the recommender information. We suggest you contact your recommenders before providing their contact information on the application.

Departmental Questions

To assist in your preparations, we are providing you with the departmental questions ahead of time. We recommend preparing your answers to the questions below so you can easily copy and paste your responses to the online application later.

  • Which faculty members are you interested in working with and why? Are there other reasons you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Human Physiology at the University of Oregon? (400 words)
  • Describe up to three personal strengths that you believe will help you succeed in pursuing a graduate degree. (200 words)
  • Describe any previous research experiences. (200 words)
  • Describe any previous teaching, mentoring, or service experience, and how you approached it. (100 words)
  • Tell us about a goal you set and reached, and how you achieved it. (100 words)
  • Tell us about a goal you failed to achieve. (100 words)
  • What do you envision yourself doing after finishing a graduate degree in Human Physiology (e.g. within five years after graduating)? (200 words)
  • Describe your interests in and how you have contributed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. (200 words)