Wright State launches new master's degree program in pharmacology and toxicology

The Ohio Board of Regents has approved a new Master of Science degree program in pharmacology and toxicology at Wright State University School of Medicine. The new graduate program will prepare students for challenging careers in industry, government, education and research.

The new program will be offered in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy Toxicology Laboratories located at the nearby Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The M.S. program will provide students with a solid foundation in the disciplines of pharmacology and toxicology. The plan of study will develop professional strength through both practical and basic science research experiences. Students in the program will acquire the historical context for the evolution of the field as well as learn state-of-the-art technological approaches to solving research problems in pharmacology and toxicology.

Five to ten students are expected to be admitted into the program each year, with a total of 10­20 students in the two-year program at any given time. Some competitive scholarships are available. The entire program of study will require 50 quarter hours of credit.

Admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree in physical, chemical, or life sciences with adequate prerequisites to pursue the curriculum. Specific prerequisites include undergraduate level biochemistry and biology courses that cover molecular biology, molecular genetics, and cell biology. The Graduate Record Examination and a minimum GPA of 3.0 also are required.

"The graduates of this program will be well suited for employment in the pharmaceutical industry as well as in more broadly based biotechnology companies," says Robert D. Grubbs, Ph.D., program director and associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology.

"The rapid expansion of this sector of the economy during the early 1990s opened up many opportunities for new Ph.D. graduates. It has been recently documented, however, that the current employment opportunities in this industrial sector are primarily for individuals trained at the master's and baccalaureate levels," he adds.

Research facilities at Wright State's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology recently have undergone extensive renovation and expansion. This has included the hiring of new faculty and the development of research programs in cardiovascular biology, neuroscience, endocrinology and toxicology. A new development is the implementation of a $3.5 million contract from the Department of Defense to study stress/chemical toxicity interactions.

"This is an ideal time for the recruitment of master's students to participate in these exciting projects," says Mariana Morris, Ph.D., chair of the department.

Last edited on 04/22/2015.