Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates →

Please click here for the latest information regarding Benedictine University's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

New master's program prepares students for careers in research, health professions

March 10, 2017

Lisle, Illinois ~ Physiology is the study of how cells, tissues and organisms function and is central to further study in medicine and related health sciences.

Benedictine University's new Master of Science (M.S.) in Integrative Physiology program is a one-year graduate degree program designed for graduates of bachelor's degree programs in health and biological sciences who want to deepen their understanding of advanced human physiology, advanced biochemistry, bioethics, the history of physiology and advances in the field.

The M.S. in Integrative Physiology program provides students a chance to show their abilities in advanced coursework as they prepare for professional schools in health care. It enhances a student's knowledge of physiology and greatly improves the academic training necessary to succeed in such health professions as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry. The program also serves students interested in applying to doctoral programs in biomedical research.

"The program provides students who have diverse interests with the right tools and a meaningful path to succeed in their future endeavors," said Jayashree Sarathy, Ph.D., program director and assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Benedictine.

The program features a full-time, 30-semester credit hour curriculum beginning in the fall and ending in the spring semester that helps prepare students for graduate program entrance exams and interviews. Students must maintain a "B" average to complete the program. Students will attend daytime classes, held five days a week, and complete coursework in approximately 10 months. Limited class seats are available for the program.

Students strengthen and deepen their knowledge of physiology and other biology subdisciplines through upper-level coursework complemented with high expectations in reading the professional literature and writing professionally in each course.

Courses include Advanced Human Physiology I and II, Advanced Biochemistry and Metabolism, Bioethics and Advances in Human Physiology. Students may select from a broad range of electives including Pathophysiology, Endocrinology, Immunology, Neurophysiology, Professional Insights into Health Care, Gross Anatomy and Molecular Pharmacology.

To complement what is taught in lectures, students have access to the latest electronic hardware and software to measure cell and body function, providing students the chance to apply and expand on the theory in the practical laboratory portion of the two required physiology courses.  

Students also undertake graduate-level coursework in bioethics to prepare them for the moral complexities of work in today's health care industry. The curriculum aims to improve students' oral and written communication in demonstrating content, organization, logical flow, presentation and use of vocabulary.

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in the sciences with one year of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics and a semester of calculus or statistics, human physiology and cell biology; a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.800 and be able to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended.

Candidates are also required to write a personal statement expressing their desire for the health care profession and the benefits of this course of study to their long-term goals; and provide two letters of recommendation appropriate for acceptance into a master's degree program.

Deadline for application is June 1 and the program begins in the last week of August.

For more information about the M.S. in Integrative Physiology program, contact Jayashree Sarathy, Ph.D., program director, at (630) 829-6580 or


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 9,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit


Marketing and Communications

Trente Arens
Director of Enrollment Marketing
Marketing and Communications
(630) 829-1948
Benedictine University Lisle Campus