Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus

Master of Science in Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics


Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus

6525 North Sheridan Road

Maywood, IL 60153

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

We offer research-intensive program that leads to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics. After successful completion of their formal course work, students will propose and complete a research project under the direction of a selected faculty mentor. Master's students will graduate with broad training in the biomedical sciences and focused training in Pharmacology. Our training will lead to a solid foundation for successful scientific careers in many areas, including government and the pharmaceutical industry.


In the first semester, students will join the other incoming graduate students from all other medical school based graduate programs to take the Core Curriculum in Biomedical Sciences for the first semester.  This is designed to broaden the student's understanding of Biomedical Sciences with introductory courses in Molecular Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Methods in Biomedical Sciences, and Systems Biology (Physiology).  This course work is complemented with training in ethics and statistics.  In the second half of the first year and during the entirety of the second year students receive specialized training in Pharmacology.  At the end of the formal coursework, students will demonstrate their comprehension through completion of a comprehensive examination.  The comprehensive examination will consist of a uniform written examination covering a broad range of pharmacological topics.  Exam questions will be composed by members of the Department of Pharmacology Graduate Faculty and coordinated by the Comprehensive Exam Committee.


M.S. students are required to complete two research rotations within the first year of the program, after which they will elect their thesis advisor. Major areas of research emphasis within the Program are: Cell Surface Receptors; Signal Transduction Mechanisms; Neuropharmacology; Cancer Pharmacology; Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Student research is performed in close collaboration with their advisor. The Graduate Program Director facilitates all aspects of the student’s progress through the program, including course and rotation selection. Once students have selected a thesis advisor, their mentor helps them prepare for the comprehensive examinations, plan a written research proposal, and establish a thesis committee. Throughout the duration of the student’s tenure, their mentor provides advice and direction on the research project, monitors their progress through the various program requirements, and provides counseling needed for successful completion of the program. The research will culminate in the preparation of a thesis and a final oral examination conducted by the student's M.S. Thesis Committee.  Course work is completed within the first year and the research thesis is typically completed within 1-2 additional years.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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