The Department of Pharmacology offers a one-year non-thesis MS program in Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology with emphasis on Safety Pharmacology. A minimum of 30 semester hours is required to complete this program.
The goal of the MS degree program is to train scientists specialized in modern pharmacology. Pharmacology is defined as the discipline which deals with all aspects of interaction of endogenous or exogenous natural or synthetic compounds with the body systems. Pharmacology is a dynamic subject which encompasses a number of basic science areas such as cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biophysics and whole body, organ and cell physiology to explore biological systems.
A worldwide demand for pharmacologists has been increasing in recent years. Graduates with MS or PhD degrees in Pharmacology are the major future workforce in drug discovery and development research. Specialization in Safety Pharmacology is a highly valued qualification in new hires as well as for career advancement of working professionals in academia, pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations. A pharmacology career is very rewarding with respect to work satisfaction as well as earnings.
The MS program is designed to be completed in one year of full-time study. Students begin their studies in August and receive their degree the following August based on satisfactory completion of all program requirements. The program offers coursework on pre-clinical good laboratory practice, safety pharmacology, drug toxicology and provides research opportunities through a series of laboratory rotations. Industry partners from pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations participate in course delivery. A short summer course (3 weeks) in Experimental Methods in Pharmacology is required. Registration and fee for this course is covered by the Spring semester tuition fee. Tuition and campus fees for the 2014-15 year are provided below.
Our MS degree program with emphasis in Safety Pharmacology provides our graduates with the opportunity to enhance their academic credentials for employment in corporate drug discovery and development, academic research and for continuing education in graduate (PhD) and medical (MD) degree programs.
Students who continue on to complete a PhD in Pharmacology typically pursue careers in research and teaching at academic institutions and in research and/or administration in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration.
The PhD and MS degree (and our institution) is fully accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents that oversees higher education in the State of Ohio.
International Student Requirements:
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following: (1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), (2) International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and (3) PEARSON Test of English (PTE).
Facts & Figures
International Financial Aid:
# of Credits Required:
minimum 30 semester
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate):
requires full-time study USD
In State Tuition (per year):
Out State Tuition (per year):
A range of financial assistance programs from government and private institutions are available to help you afford your educational goals. The University of Cincinnati participates in Federal Title IV funding such as Stafford guaranteed student loans.