Curriculum | MS in Pharmacology

10 Months

30 Credits,

Option for
Lab Research

What You’ll Learn

The curriculum consists of two components: core courses focused on pharmacology, biochemistry, and physiology, and elective credits for each student to tailor the program to their interests.

Students have two tracks for completing their elective credits: the Didactic Track and the Laboratory Research Track.

Didactic Track

The Didactic Track gives students the opportunity to tailor the degree to their individual interests through selection of elective courses to take alongside the core courses of the curriculum. In total, students will need to take 7 credits of elective coursework (generally 2 credits in the fall semester and 5 credits in the spring semester). There are a range of different courses to choose from to fulfill the elective credits, both from our department and other biomedical departments at Georgetown. Georgetown’s course schedule will have the full listing of all available courses for each semester; below are course areas where electives relevant to the MS in Pharmacology may be found. We also provide a list of recommended electives.

  • Biochemistry (BCHB)
  • Biotechnology (BIOT)
  • Bioinformatics (BINF)
  • Biostatistics (BIST)
  • Cell Biology (CBIO)
  • Clinical and Translational Research (CLTR)
  • Epidemiology (EPID)
  • Global Health (GLOH)
  • Global Infectious Diseases (GLID)
  • Microbiology (MICB)
  • Neuroscience (NSCI & INNS)
  • Physiology & Biophysics (PBIO)
  • Systems Medicine (SYSM)
  • Tumor Biology (TBIO)

CLTR 700: Aspects of Drug Development
EPID 501: Principles of Epidemiology
GLID 502: Perspectives in Infectious Disease
GLOH 708: Access to Pharmaceuticals
NSCI 425: Topics in Neuroscience: Diseases, Research & Treatment
NSCI 521: Functional MRI: Theory & Practice
NSCI 559: Topics in Neuroinflammation
PBIO 529: Human Nutrition & Health (PHAR 605: Advanced Topics in Nutrition)
PHAR 604: Medicinal Plants & Pharmacognosy
PHAR 592: Introduction to Toxicology
TBIO 508: Cellular & Molecular Aspects of Transformed Cell
TBIO 523: Cancer Epigenetics

BCHB 522: Drug Targets & Drug Design
MICB 589: Environmental Health & Policy
MICB 606: Public Policy for Scientists
MICB 660: Concepts of Immunotherapy
NSCI 425: Topics in Neuroscience: Diseases, Research & Treatment
PHAR 592: Introduction to Toxicology
TBIO 525: Cancer Genetics
TBIO 536: Cancer Pharmacology
TBIO 565: Clinical & Translational Oncology – Breast
TBIO 566: Clinical & Translational Oncology – Melanoma
TBIO 569: Pancreatic & Other GI Cancers

Laboratory Research Track

The Laboratory Research Track gives students the opportunity to engage in a research project for the academic year and have expert faculty as mentors. Students interested in going into a PhD program or laboratory-based career are strongly encouraged to choose the Laboratory Research Track. In addition to their PI, students are also mentored in the lab by people with advanced laboratory skills like PhD students, postdocs, and research professors.

Near the end of the academic year, students doing the laboratory research track prepare and present a poster about their research project. This is an excellent way to learn about scientific poster presentations and gives each student the opportunity to “bring it all together” at the end.

Learn more about the Laboratory Research Track.


List of core & elective courses for the degree program can be found here.


Degree Plan

Example of full-time student degree plan for fall and spring.

Degree Plan