Distance MS Program Description and Information

1. Overview

The Distance Master of Science degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology is a program 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. The distance M.S. Program requires 30 total hours of didactic course work and research.

A. Didactic Courses

All didactic courses are offered on-line to provide a flexible opportunity for students to complete the courses regardless of their geographic location, work schedules or familial obligations. Didactic course work comprises 14 credit hours of the program and is covered in 6 separate courses in pharmacology and toxicology.

B. Research Activities

Original research is an essential component of the Distance M.S. program.  The research activity comprises 16 credit hours toward the degree and is normally conducted at the student’s workplace.  The Distance M.S. student will work with two primary research advisors.  One will be a Ph.D. level 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.  Once a student is admitted to the program they will be assigned a faculty mentor based upon their interests and research proposal. However, the student may request a specific faculty member based upon research interests. Your faculty mentor can help with general questions you may have, but their main responsibility is to help guide your research in conjunction with your on-site mentor.  Both research advisors are involved in overseeing the formulation of a research proposal that should be completed within the first year of the program. A M.S. thesis committee will be formed and in conjunction with the advisors, will monitor the progression of your research project and its final presentation as a M.S. thesis.

C. Time Frame for Completing the Distance Learning Program

All didactic courses in the distance learning program are designed to be completed in an 8 week period. This will allow completion of the didactic component of the program in as little as 15 months. The research component can be completed within an additional year. Completing the program in 2 years is not required, but to maintain momentum and focus, students are urged to try to complete the program in 3-4 years.

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