The Master of Science Degree Program
The major aim of this masters degree program is to provide qualified graduates to institutions in academia, industry, and government. The Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology program emphasizes students' research skills in molecular and neuropharmacology and toxicology. In addition to the didactic component of our training, we view hands-on training in laboratory research critical to the master’s thesis experience.
Candidates with a bachelor's or master's degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacology, toxicology, or other related disciplines are invited to apply. Applicants must have demonstrated proficiency in verbal and written English and in fundamental scientific areas such as chemistry, biochemistry, or cellular and molecular biology. Admission criteria includes an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0. Special attention is given to the grades achieved in science courses relevant to the program (e.g., cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, or statistics). The most competitive applicants have GRE scores of 148 or better in each of the verbal and quantitative sections and a 3.0 or better in the analytic section. A minimum TOEFL score of 20 in each of the reading, listening, and writing sections OR a minimum overall score 6.0 with no part score below 5.5 on the IELTS is required for admission for international applicants. Students accepted into the School of Pharmacy P&TX masters program are not eligible for institutional financial aid. Students are not permitted to be paid for working in a lab while enrolled in research or thesis units. The MS program includes 30 hours of didactic coursework and thesis supervision. Each Masters degree student is required to submit and defend a thesis resulting from research of sufficient originality and quality for publication in peer reviewed scientific journals. The research is conducted under the supervision and guidance from the student’s advisor, with input from the thesis committee as needed. It is expected that students will complete the requirements and graduate in two years. Top graduates, if interested, may transfer into a Ph.D. program in Pharmacology and Toxicology offered in the department.