Master's Degree - On Campus


The Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Pharmacology & Toxicology provides advanced training in molecular, cellular and organ systems, pharmacology and toxicology and scientific writing.

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
See Curriculum for detailed information about required and elective coursework.

  • 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

Time Frame:
  • 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

Financial Aid:
Master's students are responsible for their own tuition, fees and living expenses.
For information about federal financial aid, visit KU Financial Aid & Scholarships.

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