2. Admission to the Literature-based Distance M.S. Program

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with at least 3 credits in chemistry and 3 credits in biology.  Applicants must have demonstrated proficiency in verbal and written English.  Applicants with prior exposure to fundamental scientific areas such as chemistry, biochemistry, or cellular and molecular biology are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applying to the distance program requires attention to four steps:

  1. Apply to the Literature-based Distance Master’s Degree Program via the on-line application form.
  2. Compose an up to one page “Purpose Statement” that outlines why you want to pursue a M.S. degree and how you envision this effort contributing to your professional goals.
  3. Request transcripts from all previous educational institutions and send GRE scores. TOFEL, IELTS or PTE scores must be submitted if you are an international applicant (see KU minimum English proficiency requirements).
  4. Supply three (3) Letters of Recommendation, preferably from prior professors or direct supervisors as described below.

Materials submitted for application to the program will be reviewed by an admissions committee composed of faculty from the department. If accepted, a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology will serve as the student’s academic adviser and help in appointing a thesis committee that will oversee academic progress of each student. The advisor will assist the student in planning the program of study that is related to the student’s interests and professional goals, and fulfills college and university requirements. Students should plan on a video meeting with their advisor and/or thesis committee twice a year to garner feedback on progress, to update timelines for degree completion and to aid planning and defining milestones for completing the research proposal that will form the thesis.

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