Pharmacology M.S.

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


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 a minimum of 15 course credits and 9-15 credits research credits (PHRM 6391). 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. Students in the thesis-based track will write and defend a thesis.

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. 


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. At least 15 coursework credits must be graded, 6 of which  must be at the 6000-level. 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 Director to complete the 30 credit requirement. Please contact the Program Director for a current list of courses approved for the Pharmacology M.S.

Required Courses:
PHRM 6010Applied Systems Pharmacology3
PHRM 5400Molecules & Medicine3
PHRM 5900Gr Adv Pharmacology Topics3
PHRM 6080Integrative Physiol. & Pharm.3
PHRM 6810Seminar1
Required for thesis master's:
PHRM 6391Master's Thesis Research1-12
Additional courses may be selected from the following or by approval of the Program Director:
Gr Toxicology
Pharmacological Techniques
Milestones in Pharmacology
Readings in Pharmacology
General Biochemistry I
General Biochemistry II
Human Physiology & Pharm I

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.