The Department adheres the principles delineated in the Compact Between Biomedical Graduate Students and Their Research Advisors.

MS in Pharmacology and Physiology

The master’s program is two years. Master’s students are required to serve as teaching assistants for each semester in the program. The first year consists of required coursework, teaching assistantships and laboratory experiences. By the end of the first semester, students are expected to have selected a laboratory and mentor for either the thesis or non-thesis track and to form their thesis advisory committee. The second year consists of a continuation of coursework, ongoing thesis work and the defense of the thesis project.

PhD in Pharmacology and Physiology

For the doctoral program, the typical duration is four to five years. The first year consists of required coursework and teaching and laboratory experiences. It provides students the opportunity to enter laboratories and begin research as early as the second semester.

Students are expected to complete at least two semesters of a teaching assistantship.

By the end of the first semester, students are expected to have selected a laboratory and mentor. The second year consists of a continuation of coursework (both required and elective), a final semester of teaching assistantship, ongoing laboratory work and the formation of the dissertation committee. The comprehensive examination is normally taken at the end of the second year. Within six months of successfully passing this examination, the student prepares and defends a dissertation proposal. The remainder of the program is spent completing the research project and preparing a dissertation.

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