Online Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmacology & Toxicology - Literature-Based
The literature-based Online Master of Science Degree (M.S.) in Pharmacology & Toxicology provides advanced training in molecular, cellular and organ systems pharmacology and toxicology and scientific writing. Rolling admission.
Online lectures and literature-based research thesis.
Students unable to relocate to Lawrence, Kansas, and without access to a lab, seeking advanced training for academic and/or professional advancement (e.g., Ph.D. programs, admissions to professional health science programs).
Standard KU Graduate Admission Requirements —
Students must meet all requirements for Graduate Admissions.
Important Dates —
- Online Masters (Lab-/Lit-based) Application Deadline: Rolling Admission
- Online Masters (Lab-/Lit-based) Admission Decisions: Rolling Review
Previous Degree Requirement —
Must have a bachelors or master's degree in biology, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology or other related disciplines.
Grade Point Average (GPA) —
- Minimum of 3.0 required
- Special attention given to grades in relevant science courses such as cellular/molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, statistics, etc.
English 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.
- Request that your testing agency send official English Language Proficiency scores directly to KU (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)
- 19 credit hours - Core coursework in pharmacology, toxicology, statistics and scientific ethics
- 7 credit hours - Additional required courses and electives
- 4 credit hours - Literature-based research thesis
See Courses - Literature-Based Online M.S. for detailed information about required and elective coursework.
- Student and advisor select a literature thesis topic
- Proposal reviewed by a three-member committee (advisor and two additional faculty members)
- Thesis earns passing grade or student gets feedback and has at least one month to resubmit
- Student presents final oral defense by video conference to department and committee
- Student answers questions from the advisory committee
Time Frame —
- Online courses are designed to be completed in eight weeks (w/exception of literature research proposal)
- Earliest possible program completion: two years/24 months
- Students urged to complete the program within four years of admission to maintain momentum and focus
- Three credit hours per calendar year required to remain in good standing. Failure to do so will require re-admittance.
- Degree must be completed within 10 years from initial enrollment per KU policy
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.