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Integrative Physiology (M.S.I.P.)

Master of Science


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Benedictine University’s Master of Science in Integrative Physiology program is a one-year graduate degree program with a full-time curriculum designed for graduates of a bachelor’s program in Biology and other related sciences.

The program serves students who want to deepen their understanding of physiology and explore various areas of biology by providing a 10 month, rigorous course of study culminating in a Master’s degree. It is aimed to provide valuable and marketable experience to students who are taking a “gap” year after graduation. The program also serves students interested in applying to doctoral programs in biomedical research. Students with diverse interests are encouraged to apply and will be provided with the right tools and a meaningful path to succeed in their future endeavors.

Benedictine University’s Master of Science in Integrative Physiology program is a one-year STEM designated graduate degree program with a full-time curriculum designed for graduates of a bachelor’s program in Biology and other related sciences.

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Master of Science in Integrative Physiology

In this program, students will develop:

  • General knowledge of sciences
  • Ethical training
  • Communication Skills

This is a full-time, 30 credit curriculum starting in Fall and ending in Spring semester, with the aim to help students prepare for graduate program entrance exams and interviews.  Students will attend daytime classes, held five days a week, and complete coursework in approximately 10 months. Students must maintain a B average to successfully complete the program.

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Master of Science in Integrative Physiology program:

STEM designation signifies a program has met an established criteria related to its focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. It also offers international students the chance to apply to extend their OPT (Optional Practical Training) beyond 12 months (up to 24 months).
10 month-accelerated Program, ideal for students taking a "gap" year
Deepen your understanding in areas of physiology and biology culminating in a master's degree
Guaranteed interview tracks to professional schools for qualified students

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Cohort-Based Program

The M.S. in Integrative Physiology program is a cohort-based program that runs for 10 months. Cohorts begin twice a year — late August and January. To complement what is taught in lectures, students have access to the latest electronic hardware and software to measure cell and body function, providing them with the chance to apply and expand on theory.

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Productive Gap Year

For college graduates looking to apply to professional schools, this challenging and stimulating program allows students to make the most of a gap year to deepen their understanding of physiological sciences, improve their GPA and strengthen their applications to professional schools. The Integrative Physiology program provides the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills needed to succeed and advance in a variety of fields.

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What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Integrative Physiology Alumni

Alumni of our program have gone on to a variety of professional schools, including medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant and doctoral programs. You’ll find them pursuing advanced degrees at Midwestern University, Marquette University, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Marian University and A.T. Still University, just to name a few.
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Words cannot express how much the M.S. in Integrative Physiology program has helped me in med school. I was much more prepared and was performing much better than many of my peers due to my extensive knowledge in physiology that I gained from this program. Thank you to Dr. Sarathy for being the best teacher I ever had and for helping me achieve my dreams.

Naureen Hassan Integrative Physiology alumni

MSIP ‘19
D.O. Candidate, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Arooj Arif, MS, MSIP Alumni Spring '22

My name is Arooj Arif, and I am currently an OMS-1 at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. This past May, I graduated from the MSIP program at Benedictine University, a program that not only enriched my knowledge and skills but played a pivotal role in helping me secure a place in medical school. I am incredibly grateful for the transformative experience I had and cannot recommend this program highly enough!

During my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in Canada, I aspired to pursue a career in healthcare and medicine, but, at the time, not necessarily through medical school. Consequently, I lacked some of the prerequisites required for both medical school and the MSIP program. It was at this point that Dr. Sarathy worked with me to devise a plan, including suggesting all the prerequisites I required to begin the master’s program that following semester. Taking those undergraduate courses at Benedictine University as a part-time student enabled me to gain a competitive edge and equipped me with all the essential tools to excel in the graduate-level courses. This ultimately contributed to my success on the MCAT as well.

From the moment I began my master’s, the following spring, it was evident that this program was designed to allow students to succeed in professional schools. The curriculum covered a wide array of essential subjects relevant to clinical medicine and healthcare, providing a comprehensive foundation of knowledge that one is simply not sufficiently exposed to in undergraduate programs. Whether it was courses on physiology, medical biochemistry, pathophysiology or discussion- and presentation-based courses such as global challenges in healthcare, each course was carefully designed to provide a deep understanding that you will carry with you to professional school.

What truly set the MSIP program apart was the faculty and Dr. Sarathy. Each instructor brought a wealth of real-world experience and academic excellence to the table, creating an immersive learning environment. Their passion for teaching was evident in their approachable nature, genuine willingness to support students, and to ensure their students succeed. My ability to think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively has greatly improved thanks to my professors at BenU – tools which I have already found myself to be utilizing as a medical student. Additionally, the program allowed us to cultivate essential skills such as teamwork, presentation skills, and professionalism.

Moreover, the program fostered a sense of camaraderie among students. Collaborative learning was strongly encouraged, and the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives within our cohort enriched our educational journey. Through group discussions, debates, and projects, we learned to appreciate the power of teamwork and collaboration – skills that are crucial in the medical field. The knowledge and skills I gained throughout the program not only helped me excel academically but also molded me into a well-rounded individual who excelled in the application and interview process prior to matriculating.

If you plan on going to medical school, or any professional schools, I wholeheartedly recommend the MSIP program. It will not only equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for success but will also inspire you, empower you and remind you why you are in healthcare – to make a meaningful impact in the lives of your patients. This program has undoubtedly been an invaluable chapter in my life, and I am forever grateful for the opportunities Dr. Sarathy and the faculty has afforded me.

Arooj Arif, MS
MSIP Alumni Spring cohort 2021 – 22
Medical Student, OMS-1
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

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I want to thank you for all the work you put in throughout the program. Even through frustrating times when we were lazy, you continued to push us and motivate us. This program taught me how to believe in my abilities. At first the information seemed impossible to understand but with patience and hard work I could understand the concepts and become more intrigued by the information. Not only did it give me the confidence to go on to professional school but it drew me closer to the healthcare field. I loved the fact that we had case studies that had us work together. It enhances our interprofessional collaborative abilities and has helped me become more confident in communicating with my colleagues, both at work and school. It especially helped me throughout the group interviews for PA schools. I am eternally grateful for the confidence, skills, studying habits, and love for physiology that I have gained in this program.

Jean-Carloa Senior, MSIP alumnus

Jean Carlos Senior
MSIP Graduate, December 2021
PA program, Rocky Vista University

Master of Science in Integrative Physiology Faculty

Jayashree Sarathy

Jayashree Sarathy, Ph.D.
Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Ian Hall, Ph.D., Biological Sciences

Ian Hall, Ph.D.
Associate Chair and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Robert McCarthy, Ph.D., Biological Sciences

Robert McCarthy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

LeeAnn Smith, Ph.D., Biological Sciences

LeeAnn Smith, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

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