Welcome from the Chair
I am excited to share our plans for a NEW Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology!
The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is developing a new Distance Master's Program that will feature the same high-quality lectures and courses offered in the Ph.D. program. The new program will allow the industrial scientist or the student at a collaborating institution to remain at their respective institutions and earn the M.S. degree under a collaborative academic environment.
The program will provide 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 advanced degree programs.
The rigorous coursework and thesis research will prepare students to become independent scientists with a solid understanding of state of the art pharmacology and toxicology practices. We recommend that students from industry take one course per semester, while students in collaborating academic institutions could take several courses.
We will expect a high quality and impactful Master’s thesis project. Once you have prepared a research proposal that is approved by on-site and University of Kansas faculty advisors, you will conduct thesis research during the regular semesters and/or during the summer period. Your research will be conducted in a laboratory to which you have access (e.g. your workplace), under the supervision of your off-site advisor in collaboration with, and guidance from a willing KU research advisor selected from the Pharmacology and Toxicology faculty.
Students who complete the program will receive a Master's degree from the University of Kansas, and more importantly, develop those skills needed to become an independent research scientist possessing a solid scientific thought process and the confidence to handle any problems encountered throughout an independent research career.
Admission and program requirements can be found here.
The Ph.D. Program
The program in Pharmacology/Toxicology at the University of Kansas appeals to students who want to teach and/or do research in a University or do research in a pharmaceutical/biotechnology company or government laboratory. New students can look forward to personal development in an atmosphere that fosters strong collaborative activities as well as independent scholarship. Our program emphasizes the development of scientific communications skills necessary for success in all career paths.
The Department's research programs and faculty place it at the leading edge of research in the pharmacological/toxicological sciences. In addition to receiving strong training in modern pharmacology and toxicology, students are encouraged to use the expertise and courses available in the Departments of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Medicinal Chemistry; and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. The University has strong programs in neurobiology, molecular genetics, and medicinal and bioanalytical chemistry. Some of our students participate in collaborative interdisciplinary research in these fields of biomedical science.
Nancy Muma - Professor & Chair, KU Pharmacology & Toxicology