M.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology

In general, a baccalaureate in the sciences is required for admission, although applicants possessing other bachelor’s degrees will be considered if the latter represent adequate preparation. Certain options and graduate courses require undergraduate preparation as prerequisites, and this preparation should be completed as soon as possible upon admission. The total time required for completion of the graduate program leading to the Master of Science in pharmaceutical sciences degree will depend upon the preparation of the student entering the program. Normally two years of study and research are required.

The admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies of the University apply. The basic requirement is a 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA on all undergraduate work leading to the bachelor’s degree. Applicants having less than a 2.7 GPA on all undergraduate work will be considered for admission if other criteria for estimation of potential success in graduate studies are positive.

Each student must submit three copies of transcripts, one of which must be official and show all post-secondary academic work and degrees granted, three letters of recommendation from college faculty members acquainted with the applicant’s character and ability. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission, but is highly recommended for International students. 

International students are required to take an English language test, which will be given in their own country by the Educational Testing Service.

Normally, acceptance will be decided by April 1 for admission during the following fall semester. The priority deadline for completed applications is January 15th. Complete applications received by this deadline will be considered for admission. Applications received after the January 15th deadline may also be considered, if positions are available in a program. International students are encouraged to submit applications one month prior to the stated deadline to allow for delays in international correspondence.

A minimum of 28 semester hours of courses plus a minimum of 6 thesis credit hours are required for the degree.

Undergraduate Courses Required (or their equivalents)
CHEM 3710Physical Chemistry For The Biosciences I3
CHEM 3720Physical Chemistry For The Biosciences II3
MATH 1750Calculus For The Life Sciences With Applications I4
MATH 1760Calculus For The Life Sciences With Applications II3
MBC 3310Medicinal Chemistry I: Drug Action And Design2
MBC 3320Medicinal Chemistry II: Drug Design and Drug Action3
PHCL 2610Introductory Physiology3
Graduate Courses Required
PHCL 5140Interpretation Of Pharmaceutical Data2
PHCL 5700Pharmacology I: Principles of Pharmacology, Autonomic Pharmacology and Related Pharmacology3
PHCL 5720Pharmacology II: Endocrine And Cns Pharmacology3
PHCL 5730Toxicology I3
PHCL 5760Toxicokinetics3
PHCL 6600Seminar In Pharmacology 11
PHCL 6700Pharmacology III: Cns And Cardiovascular/Renal Pharmacology3
PHCL 6720Pharmacology IV; Chemotherapeutics3
PHCL 6900M.s. Thesis Research In Pharmacology 21-6
PHCL 6920M.s. Thesis Research In Pharmacology 21-6
Elective Course Work
Select up to six credits of the following: 3
Toxicology II
Problems In Pharmacology 4
Advanced Immunology
Biochemical Techniques

1 credit hour can only be taken for BSPS/MSPS combined degree.


6 credit hours are the required minimum; more than 6 credit hours can be taken.


Other electives may be recommended by the department graduate committee.


May replace PHCL 5700, PHCL 5720, PHCL 5730, PHCL 6700, PHCL 6720, and PHCL 5760 if these were taken at UT at the undergraduate level as PHCL 3700, PHCL 3730, PHCL 4730, PHCL 4810, PHCL 4820 and PHCL 4760, respectively, and a grade of B- or above was received for the course.

BSPS-MSPS in Pharmaceutical Sciences – PTox

The combination of BSPS and MSPS degrees in PTox gives students the ability and choice to elect to get two degrees in five years. Currently, BSPS students will take 3.5-4 years to graduate and MSPS students will take 2 years. This will take up to 1 year off of the combined BS-MSPS degree.

All BSPS degree requirements remain intact. The student electing this program will need to achieve two things. First, the student taking classes that are required courses in the BSPS curriculum are also taking most of what is required in the MSPS curriculum in PTox. Classes that are required in BSPS that may be waived for the Master’s curriculum with an achieved grade of B- or better will be:

PHCL 5700Pharmacology I: Principles of Pharmacology, Autonomic Pharmacology and Related Pharmacology3
PHCL 5720Pharmacology II: Endocrine And Cns Pharmacology3
PHCL 5730Toxicology I3
PHCL 6700Pharmacology III: Cns And Cardiovascular/Renal Pharmacology3
Total Hours12

This will leave the internship which must then be done in the summer between P1 and P2. To fulfill both the internship and degree credit requirements, this must be 9-12 credits during this summer. The student must do the internship and the Master’s degree program thesis with the same PI. This allows ideas and training done in the internship phase to be carried forward in the Master’s degree program.

Master’s degree program students in this combined degree curriculum will be starting in the spring after graduation in December (9 credits). The Master’s program will go through the summer (4-6 credits), following fall (9 credits) and spring (9 credits), and a possible 3 credit summer where the students would defend.

BSPS –MS Law (available with BSPS in Pharmacology/Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry, and Cosmetic Science)

This is a 4+1 combined degree program between the BSPS and the MS in Law. Students accepted into this program will carry out the requirements for their BSPS degree, take their internship in the summer between Junior and Senior years, and be eligible to take up to 9 credit hours of graduate level courses in the MS in Law program. Application is made in the summer between Junior and Senior years, to be eligible to take graduate courses in the senior year. The rest of the masters is taken in the year following graduation with the BSPS and fulfills the requirements of the Master’s in Law program (30 total credits, etc.).

  • PLO 1. Interpret and critically evaluate the literature in the respective discipline and identify gaps in current knowledge.
  • PLO 2. Design, implement, and analyze the results of an independent research project in the respective discipline.
  • PLO 3. Effectively communicate and defend research findings orally and in writing.
  • PLO 4. Describe and comply with standards of ethical conduct of research.
  • PLO 5. Effectively work in a team of colleagues within the discipline.