Master's Degree - On Campus
Classroom lectures and hands-on research training in faculty laboratory
Students able to attend classes on KU's Lawrence, Kansas campus, seeking advanced training for academic and/or professional advancement.
- Degree(s): Must have a bachelors or master's degree in biology, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology or other related disciplines.
- GPA Requirement: Minimum of 3.0 required
Special attention given to grades in relevant science courses such as cellular/molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, statistics, etc.
- GRE Scores: GRE General Test scores can be no more than four years old.
- English Language Proficiency Requirements:
- Students who are non-native English speakers, must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and listening via English Proficiency Scores from TOEFL, IELTS or PTE tests
- See KU's English Proficiency Requirements for detailed information, including minimum score requirements.
- TOEFL Code: 6871-30
- Undergraduate Research Experience: Applicants are strongly encouraged to gain undergraduate research experience.
30 total credit hours (grade of C or better, with overall GPA of at least 3.0)
- 18 credit hours - Core coursework in pharmacology, toxicology, statistics and scientific ethics
- 8 credit hours - Additional required courses and electives
- 4 credit hours - Research thesis
- Thesis committee formed
- Faculty advisor and the thesis committee monitor progression of research project and final thesis presentation/defense
- Draft research proposal and presentation completed by end of second semester
Original laboratory, clinical or computational research is an essential component of the on-campus master's program.
- Research activity comprises 12 credit hours toward degree
- Students may request specific faculty member
- Laboratory assignment based on mutual agreement and research interest
- Faculty members help with general questions and help guide research
- Program typically completed in two years
- Lecture courses should be completed within three semesters to allow time to focus on research project and thesis in spring semester of year two
- Thesis defense typically occurs May - June of the fourth semester
- Degree must be completed within 10 years from initial enrollment
Master's students are responsible for their own tuition, fees and living expenses.
For information about federal financial aid, visit KU Financial Aid & Scholarships.