Example Schedule – Masters in Pharmacology Concentration

The curriculum is comprised of 30 credits:

  • 5 core courses (includes Responsible Conduct in Research and Seminars/Journal Clubs) (14 credits)
  • Mentored research experience (16 credits)

Required Core Courses (14 credits):

  • GMS 6847: Translational Research & Therapeutics: Bench, Bedside, Community, & Policy (3 credits)
  • GMS 6009: Principles of Drug Action and Therapeutics (3 credits)
  • GMS 6560: Molecules to Man: Past, Present and Future Therapeutic Strategies for Disease (3 credits)
  • GMS 7003: Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research (1 credit)
  • GMS 6590: Seminar in Pharmacology (4 x 1 credit)

Optional Electives*:

  • GMS 6051: Signal Transduction (1 credit)
  • GMS 6053: Cancer Biology & Therapeutics (1 credit)
  • GMS 6506: Biologic Drug Development (1 credit)
  • GMS 6070: Sensory and Motor Systems (3 credits)
  • GMS 6065: Fundamentals of Cancer Biology (3 credits)
  • GMS 6023: Principles of Neuroscience III: Molecular Neuropharmacology and its Clinical Application (2 credits)

*Other relevant graduate level courses if approved by the program director

(Note: Optional electives beyond 14 credits of required courses and 30 total credits required for degree completion may be taken. Students will need to have their degree plan approved by the program coordinator before taking optional electives.)

Mentored Research Experience (16 credits):

  • GMS 6090: Research in Medical Sciences (10 credits)
  • GMS 6971: Research for Master’s Thesis (6 credits)

Policy and Procedures:

Each student must identify a research mentor and potential research topics by the end of the first semester. It is recommended that the student selects a research mentor as early as possible. The research mentor will advise students on their research plans for GMS 6971 (Mentored Research Experience). The selection of a research mentor shall be approved by the program director.

If the student selects additional elective courses, they should be chosen with the identified research mentor and approved by the program director. In cases where a research mentor is not identified, the program director shall select the courses in discussion with the student.

Each student shall identify at least two more committee members in addition to the primary research mentor as their thesis committee. At least one committee member must be Core Program faculty.

Suggested Semester Plan:

Semester 1: Fall Credits
GMS 6847: Translational Research & Therapeutics: Bench, Bedside, Community, & Policy 3
GMS 6590: Seminar in Pharmacology 1
GMS 6090: Research in Medical Sciences 3
Total 7

 

Semester 2: Spring Credits
GMS 6009: Principles of Drug Action and Therapeutics 3
GMS 6590: Seminar in Pharmacology 1
GMS 7003: Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research 1
GMS 6090: Research in Medical Sciences 3
Total 8

 

Semester 3: Summer Credits
GMS 6090: Research in Medical Sciences 4
Total 4

 

Semester 4: Fall Credits
GMS 6560: Molecules to Man: Past, Present and Future Therapeutic Strategies for Disease 3
GMS 6590: Seminar in Pharmacology 1
GMS 6971: Research for Master’s Thesis 3
Total 7

 

Semester 5: Spring Credits
GMS 6590: Seminar in Pharmacology 1
GMS 6971: Research for Master’s Thesis 3
Total 4

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 30