M.S. in Pharmacology

The Department of Pharmacology & Physiology offers a rigorous program leading to the M.S. degree in Pharmacology. The M.S. program is designed to be completed in two full-time semesters. There is a set of courses focused on pharmacology, biochemistry, and physiology that are required. The degree can be completed with coursework only or it can include a laboratory experience. An area of concentration can be chosen or a more general, broad-based, curriculum can be completed. Thirty credits are required for the M.S. degree and, if an area of concentration is chosen, 7 of those credits come either from a set of related courses or from the research project. 

In summary:

  • M.S. program is a two semester program
  • 30 credits are required
  • Can be 'coursework only' or
  • Can be 'laboratory research option'

Opportunities for masters level pharmacologists exist in the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, and laboratories, as well as at biotechnology companies. Masters students may also decide to apply for Ph.D. or M.D. programs, where the coursework completed in this master's program will prove beneficial.

Typical matriculants to the M.S. program have a B.S. degree in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry.  A B.S. in any other discipline needs to have basic courses in biology and chemistry.