Master of Science in Pharmacology (MS)

School of Pharmacy

Location: Boston, Worcester
Start Term: Fall

Build on your bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, biochemistry, or biology to advance your career in pharmacology examining the diseases that affect us.

Contribute to the Knowledge, Well-being, and Survival of Humankind

This two- to three-year program, which takes place on the Boston and Worcester campuses, builds on your existing bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, biochemistry, biology, or a related field. You will have the opportunity to work alongside academic and industry experts to learn how to fully research the pharmacological actions of synthetic and naturally occurring compounds, leading to improved drug design. Theoretical and experiential situations help you develop an innovative and creative approach to problem solving, so you’ll be ready to advance your career. You also have the option of enrolling in our non-thesis Master of Pharmacology program. This four-semester choice will provide you with the in-depth knowledge you need in physiology and drug actions. Both programs begin in the fall. 

Your Two- to Three-Year Journey

Our health-focused curriculum prepares you for roles at the frontlines of drug and animal testing in the pharmaceutical industry. You will work side-by-side with globally respected faculty working on targeting novel disease treatments. This program is STEM-designated, qualifying international students for an additional two years of OPT work in the United States.

First-Year Experience

  • learn the principles of pharmaceutical sciences, drug metabolism, and the care and use of laboratory animals
  • study biochemistry receptor pharmacology and neuropharmacology
  • begin participation in laboratory rotations and graduate seminars

Second-Year Experience

  • explore advanced statistics and anti-cancer drugs
  • complete participation in graduate seminars
  • focus on your research in the topic area you choose

    Developing Future Leaders in the Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Graduate-level degree programs within the School of Pharmacy at MCPHS are meant for those looking to make a difference in the pharmaceutical industry. See how students advance their knowledge and refine their skills through hands-on experiences in state-of-the-art laboratories under the guidance of our expert faculty.
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    Graduate Degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences

    As well as the MS in Pharmacology, we offer six additional opportunities for graduate study at the master’s, doctoral, and certificate levels.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology

    Three-year, full-time program at the MCPHS Boston and Worcester campuses.

    Master of Science in Pharmaceutics

    Two-year, full-time program on the Boston and Worcester campuses.

    Master of Science in Clinical Research

    Flexible full-time or part-time program on the Boston campus and online.

    Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

    Flexible three-course program on the Boston campus and online.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry

    Three-year, full-time program on the Boston campus.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutics

    Three-year, full-time program at the MCPHS Boston and Worcester campuses.

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