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The Department of Integrative Physiology offers a variety of graduate study opportunities that range from a coursework-only option to a research-intensive option. To facilitate maximal flexibility in the design of a student's program, the Department has established a minimum number of required courses that must be completed by all graduate students and the remainder of the program can be individualized to meet the long-term goals of the student. View list of Integrative Physiology graduate courses.


A graduate degree in Integrative Physiology provides opportunities for careers in academia, industry, and the health professions. The placement list of PhD and MS graduates indicates some of the jobs and educational programs that our graduate students have found after completion of the PhD or MS degree.

Degrees Offered

The graduate degrees offered are a Master of Science degree (MS) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD). The master's degree may be pursued on its own, or in combination with a bachelor's degree through the Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's program (see below).

Bachelor’s-Accelerated Master’s Degree Program

Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's programs (BAMs) offer currently enrolled CU Boulder undergraduate students the opportunity to receive a bachelor's and master's degree in a shorter period of time. The Department has developed a curriculum that allows both degrees to be completed in 5 years. Based on a comparison of GPAs, 3 to 5 students will be admitted to the program each year. The program is structured to ensure that students finish both degrees within the 5-year period. More information is available on the IPHY-BAM page and from Biology Advising.

Admission Requirements

Entering graduate students must have either an undergraduate preparation equivalent to the basic core course requirements in Integrative Physiology (see prerequisites below) at the University of Colorado or departmental approval of their academic preparation. GRE scores are no longer required for admission.

To begin study in the fall semester of a given academic year, the deadline for submission of graduate applications is January 15 of that year (December 30 for international students). All documents indicated below must be received by February 1 for your application to be considered complete. Individuals seeking admission to the doctoral program should secure a potential mentor from the Department's graduate faculty prior to completing the formal application process; this is also recommended, but not required, for applicants to the master's program.

For detailed information about the admission process, see Admission to the Graduate School.


Entering graduate students must have an undergraduate preparation equivalent to the basic core course requirements in Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado or departmental approval of their academic preparation for graduate study. The basic core requirements are:

  1. An introductory statistics or research design course;
  2. Human anatomy or comparative vertebrate anatomy;
  3. Human physiology or comparative animal physiology/lecture and lab.

For graduate degree requirements, please visit the Graduate School application page.

Opportunities for Underrepresented Students

The Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend (October 1-3, 2020) provides an opportunity for underrepresented students to preview the doctoral programs in IPHY and other CU Boulder Science, Technology, Engineering and Math departments. Application details may be found at the Colorado Advantage web page.

Financial support

All applicants accepted in our program are automatically considered for teaching assistantship funding. There is no separate application for this funding as your faculty advisor will make the necessary request. Currently, it is typical for us to offer a 30% minimum appointment for MS students and a 50% appointment for PhD students. The level of appointment will be determined each semester based on the number of assignments available, the amount of funding available, the courses you are qualified to teach, and whether you have any additional RA support from your lab. Your lab mentor will determine your level of RA support, and the graduate faculty director will determine the level of TA appointment. All appointments include a monthly stipend, tuition remission, and 90% coverage of your Buff Gold insurance. See 2020/21 table below:

Hours Per Week TA Appointment (50%=Full Appointment) 9-Month Total Stipend Tuition Credits Per Semester
20 50% $23,843 9-15
16 40% $19,074 8
12 30% $14,306 6

All students will cover their own student fees; PhD students receive a separate fellowship to assist with those fees. Summer teaching assistantships may also available. The Graduate School maintains an Awards page that lists several grants and fellowships available to graduate students at the University.

Forms for Current Graduate Students