Distance Master of Science Degree Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology

The Distance Master of Science Degree Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology features the same high-quality lectures and courses offered in the Ph.D. program. The Distance M.S. program allows the industrial scientist or student to remain at their respective institutions and earn the M.S. degree under a collaborative academic environment. Students will typically take 1 course a semester and the program is designed for individuals who are seeking additional academic qualifications that will facilitate their professional advancement or increase their competitiveness for admission to other advanced degree programs. For questions, contact our Administrative Assistant Ms. Sarah Hoadley, 785-864-4002, pharmtox@ku.edu or the Director of the Distance Master’s Program, Rick T. Dobrowsky, Ph.D., 785-864-3531, dobrowsky@ku.edu.

The Distance M.S. program is designed to train individuals in molecular, cellular and organ systems pharmacology and toxicology. The program provides advanced scientific knowledge in pharmacology and toxicology and is designed for individuals who are seeking additional academic qualifications that will facilitate their advancement at their place of employment, or will increase their competitiveness for admission to other graduate or professional degree programs. All courses are offered on-line in order to provide full opportunity for students regardless of their geographic location, work schedules, or familial obligations..

The Distance M.S. student will work with two primary research advisors. One will be an appropriate person at their remote site and the second will be a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology who agrees to mentor the student. Both research advisors are involved in overseeing the formulation and progression of the thesis research project.

The Distance M.S. program requires 30 total hours; 14 credit hours of didactic coursework that are offered on-line plus 16 credit hours of research activity, research proposal and final written thesis. In order to conduct research for a Master's thesis project, Distance M.S. students need to have access to a "wet" lab in which they can perform biologically-based experiments. The research activity is normally conducted at the student’s workplace under the supervision of the off-site advisor in collaboration with, and guidance from a willing KU research advisor selected from the Pharmacology and Toxicology faculty.


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