Graduate Program

Degree Requirements

The Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology MS track requires a total of 33 credits and is completed in 3 semesters (1.5 years). Students must maintain an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 to receive the MS degree. In addition, a thesis or literature review project, depending on the option chosen, is also required.

The thesis-option requires 23-28 credits in required courses, up to 6 credits in electives, 5-10 research credits, and a thesis. Entry into the research path requires permission from a faculty sponsor and completion of an independent research project in the sponsor’s laboratory. This path is intended for students who plan to enter careers in the academic, pharmaceutical, or government sectors, or who plan to pursue advanced degrees such as the PhD.

The literature-option requires 23-28 credits in required courses, up to 6 credits in electives, 5-10 research credits, and a literature review project. The literature review project is based on the critical evaluation of current scientific literature, and must be developed in consultation with the Program Director. This path is intended for students who plan to pursue advanced professional degrees (MD, DVM, DDS, etc).

The Program Director will serve as your advisor and will meet with you prior to registration to discuss course requirements and to provide guidance in identifying a lab for your research activities.