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Research PhD Program

The department offers a graduate program in human physiology with an emphasis on research leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. 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. Providing students with an in-depth understanding of human physiology and advanced research skills is our hallmark. The program also provides students 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. That means that to be accepted into our program, a faculty member must be willing to accept you as a graduate student in their research lab.

  • Questions about the application process (including prerequisites), or general questions about the graduate program? Contact our Graduate Coordinator (
  • Questions about specific faculty research? Contact faculty directly (Faculty)

Minimum Admissions Requirements for Research PhD Program

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
– GPA criteria: 3.4 recommended, 3.0 minimum on a 4.0 scale

GRE exam
– Score criteria: 153 recommended, 148 minimum, for both the verbal and quantitative sections

Minimum completed coursework: 1 General Chemistry class, 1 General Biology class, and 2  Physiology classes (or combined Anatomy & Physiology classes).
– Grade criteria for each class: B+ recommended, B- minimum

In addition to the above requirements, 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.

Students who do not meet these criteria will be asked to justify why an exception should be made for them on the application.

Research PhD Admissions Process

Admission is granted for Fall term only. The window for applications opens September 16th, 2018. The deadline for Fall 2019 admission is December 15th, 2018.

Online Graduate Application Process

i. Complete the online application form from the Graduate School and pay a $70* non-refundable filing fee.

*Note: International applicants will pay a $90 non-refundable filing fee.

(Need a fee waiver? The Graduate School offers graduate application fee waivers for applicants who meet specific criteria, see if you qualify here)

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

iii. Submit official transcripts of prior academic work to:

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

iv. Submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to the Department.:

ETS will mail the official copy of official GRE scores to the HPHY department.
Institution – 4846
HPHY Dept – 0217

v. 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

vi. In the HPHY section of the online graduate application, submit the following information:

  • Faculty member(s) who you would like to work with.
  • Personal Statement and Curriculum Vitae: A personal statement of up to 500 words indicating your goals, objectives for pursuing the graduate degree, background, and interests as they relate to the department’s central focus and specific faculty interests.
  • Your previous coursework in chemistry, biology, and physiology
  • Unofficial copies of your transcripts and GRE scores

For questions regarding graduate admissions process, contact our Graduate Coordinator (