Areas of Concentration

Because the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology has a number of strong research programs, students in the MS program in Pharmacology can either have a varied set of electives or can concentrate their elective credits in research. The MS degree requires 30 credits for completion and, of those, 23 credits are specified requirements. Thus, there are seven elective credits in the program.  Upon entering the MS program the student would choose either to not focus on one area and take an assortment of electives of interest, or focus the elective time on research.  A student who chooses to do research in the fall semester can, in the spring, choose to continue in research or choose to do elective courses. 

Please note: There are no paid research positions in the department for MS students.  The research concentration is done for credit and is completely unpaid.  Our program also does not have any teaching assistantships or research assistantships.

Thus, the options in our MS Program are:

General - Completing the M.S. degree in pharmacology does not require choosing an area of concentration. A more general curriculum can be chosen for the seven elective credits required for the M.S. degree and, in this case, the student can explore more than one topic of interest. The advantage of this approach is an increase in the breadth of the education.

If the student desires to focus elective credits in one area, the Program offers a Concentration in research. This entails completing seven credits in the single area of research.   Because research is quite time-intensive, it is not recommended to choose to do research AND take elective courses.

Laboratory Research - For those students interested in furthering their interest in a career in research, this area of concentration allows approximately 6 to 10 (fall) to 15 to 20 (spring) hours per week in a research laboratory on campus in the fall and spring semesters. This is an especially good choice if the student's eventual goal is to complete a Ph.D. degree, or if the goal is to do research in a biotech, government, or big Pharma lab. Choosing the Research Option means that the elective credit in the M.S. Program will be Research (PHAR906 & PHAR907).   Mentors for MS research are listed on (click MS Mentors at the top of the page).   If you wish to work in labs that are not on the list you need permission from the program director in advance.
PHAR906 - Research (2 credits fall - faculty) 
PHAR907 - Research (5 credits spring - faculty)