Master of Science in Pharmacology

The MS degree program is designed to be flexible and to serve a variety of career objectives.  Examples of individuals who might benefit from the MS degree Program are those who desire to enter the Pharmaceutical Industry, those already in the Pharmaceutical Industry who would like to increase their opportunities for advancement, teachers at Community Colleges wishing to extend their skills, those who are planning to enter a career in Government Agencies (such as FDA) and also, individuals who desire to obtain a higher degree prior to entry into Medical, Dental or Veterinary Schools.  The MS degree program involves a mixture of coursework and independent research (or literature review) and may be taken on a full- or part-time basis.  In approved cases, it may be possible for the research component to be conducted off-campus.  Much of the coursework for the MS degree is the same as that taken by PIBS PhD (Pharmacology) students.

The flyer of the program in PDF format is available to download here.


Applicants to the MS program are expected to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in major science courses (Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Chemistry, Physics etc.) from a University or College of recognized standing.  Applicants must submit a completed online application and fee, official transcripts from previous academic records, three letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose.  International applicants, whose native language is not English, must demonstrate a proficiency in English by providing official TOEFL scores in accordance with Rackham Graduate School requirements.  The application deadline is May 1st for a start date of September.

The link to the the application may be found here:

Specific course requirements

If pursued on a full-time basis, the MS degree takes TWELVE months to complete and requires a minimum of 32 course credits.  MS and PhD students take the same core courses in Pharmacology (Principles, Autonomic Pharmacology, Endocrine Pharmacology, Molecular Neuropharmacology, Antimicrobial  and Cancer Pharmacology and Cardiovascular Pharmacology) along with a course in Translational Pharmacology and elective courses in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Physiology or Translational Research.  Students may be permitted to take the course work on a part-time basis, if needed, to accommodate their other personal commitments.  Thirteen of the course credits are earned through an independent laboratory research project, which provides the student with an intense, in-depth research experience.  Under specified circumstances, students who are engaged in scientific research outside the University and whose supervisor has an active collaboration with a faculty member within the Department of Pharmacology may be permitted to conduct the research component of the MS degree off-campus.  For those MS students whose primary focus is not laboratory research, an in-depth review of the research literature may substitute.

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