Pharmacology M.S.

All students must meet the Requirements for the Master's Degree

Overview

The objective of the Department of Pharmacology Master’s Programs is to provide a broad knowledge base of pharmacological concepts, preparing students for careers in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and related industries or to increase their competitiveness to pursue additional graduate degrees. Research interests in the Department of Pharmacology are diverse, with special emphasis on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular pharmacology, physiology, neurovascular coupling, signal transduction, and medicinal chemistry/cancer chemotherapy.

The Department of Pharmacology offers thesis-based and non-thesis Master of Science degrees.The non-thesis M.S. degree involves taking 30 credits of required and elective Pharmacology or Pharmacology approved courses and does not require a thesis or thesis defense. The thesis-based M.S. degree is a course and research-based program, with 21 credits in coursework and 9 credits of research. Students may choose thesis advisors from within the Department of Pharmacology, or with approval from the Program Director may choose faculty from outside of the Department. This gives students a wide range of options for selecting thesis advisors conducting pharmacology research. A thesis is written and there is a defense.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

A course background in the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.) is recommended. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required.

Admission to the program requires the following:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 is recommended.
  • Completion of the Graduate College Application form that must include at least 3 letters of recommendation. 

Students MUST be admitted through the Graduate College before taking any courses that will be applied to the Master’s degree requirements.

MINIMUM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

All students must meet the UVM Graduate College Requirements for the Master’s degree. A minimum of 30 credits and successful completion of a written comprehensive exam are required for completion of the Master's degree in Pharmacology. Students enrolled in the thesis­-based program must also write, present and successfully defend their research thesis. Courses should be selected from the following lists or from pharmacology-related courses offered by other departments at UVM as approved by the program lists or from Pharmacology-related courses offered by other departments at UVM as approved by the Program Director to complete the 30 credit requirement. Please contact the Program Director for a current list of courses approved for the Pharmacology M.S. programs.

Required Courses:
PHRM 201Introduction to Pharmacology3
PHRM 240Molecules & Medicine3
PHRM 290Topics Molecular&Cell Pharm3
PHRM 308Integrative Physiol. & Pharm.3
PHRM 381Seminar1
Required for thesis Masters:
PHRM 391Master's Thesis Research9
Additional courses may be selected from the following or by approval of the Program Director:
PHRM 200Medical Cannabis3
PHRM 272Toxicology3
PHRM 302Pharmacological Techniques1-4
PHRM 305Milestones in Pharmacology2
PHRM 373Readings in Pharmacology2
BIOC 301General Biochemistry3
BIOC 302General Biochemistry3
MPBP 301Human Physiology & Pharm I4
STAT 211QR: Statistical Methods I3

Comprehensive Examination

Students are required to pass a written comprehensive exam. The format is a take-home written exam. The questions are based on the required courses, which are common to the thesis and non­-thesis tracks. Grading is on a 1-10 scale for each question. An average score of 7 or better is required to pass. If a passing grade is not obtained, 1 re-take is permitted.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Advancement to candidacy requires satisfactory completion of the comprehensive exam.