School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Admission Requirements

Admission to our PhD program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree or better from an accredited college or university and must have preliminary preparation and the ability to pursue graduate study in physiology. Students who have a baccalaureate degree from a non-basic or life science discipline will be considered for admission on a case by case basis. Regular admission may be authorized if the applicant’s undergraduate honor point average is 3.0 or above. Students with an undergraduate G.P.A. of below 3.0 (but not less than 2.75) must enter into the masters program.

To apply: 

  • Complete the online application at:  Graduate Admissions
  • Personal Statement (upload for submission submitted with the online applications)
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume (upload for submission submitted with the online applications)
  • Official Transcripts from all accredited colleges or universities (foreign applicants, please include official copies of diploma/certificates/degrees in both English and your native language)
  • Application fee of $50.00 (paid online or by check payable to Wayne State University in U.S. Dollars.)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • TOEFL scores (international applicants)
  • Three official letters of recommendation are required
  • Copies of published abstracts or journal articles where you are listed as an author (optional)

Eligibility for the Ph.D. program is determined by the Departmental Graduate Program Committee. Decisions are based upon the applicant's academic credentials, technical experience, and interview. 

Please send application materials to:

Wayne State University
School of Medicine
Department of Physiology
5374 Scott Hall
540 East Canfield
Detroit, Michigan 48201


Correspondence and Information requests can be sent via email to: Dr. Douglas Yingst or Christine Cupps for further information.