Master’s in Pharmacology

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Our Program

Georgetown University’s MS in Pharmacology program is a one-year, non-thesis degree program that offers a foundation of rigorous coursework as well as the option to do research or tailor the curriculum with a selection of elective courses from across our biomedical departments.  Our typical cohort of 15 students benefits from a small class size in our main pharmacology courses and receives personalized attention from our faculty, whether in the classroom or in the laboratory.

Our alumni continue on to further education (PhD or MD degrees) or take positions in the public and private sphere, such as at the NIH, FDA, pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies, and university laboratories.

How to Apply

Eligibility and Application Instructions specific to the MS in Pharmacology

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What is Pharmacology?

Pharmacology is the study of substances that affect living systems.  It is an integrated science that applies the principles of physiology, biochemistry, chemistry, anatomy, neuroscience and genetics to understand drug actions.  The principles of pharmacology are illustrated in the two main subdivisions of the discipline: pharmacokinetics, the study of the variables that determine the concentration of the drug at its site of action, and pharmacodynamics, the study of the mechanisms by which drugs yield their biological effects.

Pharmacology is often considered a bridge between the basic sciences and clinical medicine.  Thus, in addition to the basic principles, the Pharmacology MS program provides an understanding of pharmaco-therapeutics, the use of drugs in the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of disease; toxicology, the study of the adverse effects of drugs; and an introduction to the field of pharmacogenomics, the study of the genetic factors that affect an individual’s or a population’s response to a drug.

Pharmacology is distinct from the discipline of Pharmacy. Pharmacy schools instruct students how to prepare medicines and how to formulate the dosages of medications that patients should receive so that they can recover from illness or remain healthy. Pharmacology establishes the basic principles and science behind the practice of pharmacists.

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.