Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Leadership/Administration Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology

photo of students studying togetherThe leadership/administration program requires didactic classes, a scientific review and a final, oral exam. Scroll down to view a typical schedule. The program director will act as advisor until the student's advisory committee is formed. Students in this program must:

  • Complete 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses as shown below
  • Submit a critical scientific review (See Literature Research Project below)
  • Pass an oral examination

Literature Research Project

A library research project is a requirement of this program. Students are required to write a scientific review on a current topic in pharmacology and toxicology under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The topic will be chosen by the student and advisor. The review paper should be based on information provided and synthesized from primary, contemporary literature. The paper is meant to provide an overview of the topic. It should be 10-15 pages in length with at least 25 references. A desirable goal would be submission of the review for publication.

Oral Examination

The oral, final exam for this program will be conducted by the advisory committee. The exam will be based on the topic of the literature review. The committee will judge as to the acceptability of the student's performance.


Course Requirements

Minimum course requirements for the leadership/administration Master of Science in Pharmacology & Toxicology degree are as shown below:

Common core course requirements

  • PTX 7600: Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 7200: Principles of Biokinetics/Biodynamics (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 7300: Cell Pharmacology Toxicology (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 7110: Pharmacology Fall Journal Club (1 credit hour)
  • PTX 7120: Pharmacology Spring Journal Club (1 credit hour)
  • PTX 7400: Laboratory Management (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 9120: Effective Scientific Writing: Part 1 (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 9220: Effective Scientific Writing: Part 2 (3 credit hours)
  • PTX XXXX: Out of department Journal Club (1 credit hour)

Total: 21 credit hours

Choose electives
(If an elective is not listed below, verify with program director)

  • PTX 7130: Laboratory Safety (1 credit hour)
  • PTX 8000 01: Cardiac Function (2 credit hours)
  • PTX 8000 02: Wound Repair (2 credit hours)
  • PTX 8000 03: Toxicology (web course) (2 credit hours)
  • PTX 8000 06: Intro to Ayurveda (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8000 07: Cell Culture Training (1 credit hour)
  • PTX 8000 08: Six Sigma Green Belt (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8110: Medical Chemical, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8120: Medical Biological Defense (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8130: Case Studies for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8200: Communications in Science (web course) (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8300: Integrative Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8400: Neuropharmacology (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8500: Good Laboratory Practices (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 8600: ┬áPrincipals of BioMedical Research (1 credit hour)

Total required: 9+

Program total: 30 credit hours

Program of study requirements = Minimum of 30 credits


Typical Schedule

Fall Semester Year 1

  • PTX 7110: Pharmacology Fall Journal Club
  • PTX 7200: Principles of Biokinetics/Biodynamics
  • Elective (3 credit hours)
  • PTX 9120: Effective Scientific Writing: Part 1

Spring Semester Year 1

  • PTX 7120: Pharmacology Spring Journal Club
  • PTX 7300: Cell Pharmacology Toxicology
  • PTX 9220: Effective Scientific Writing: Part 2
  • PTX 7400: Laboratory Management
  • PTX 7600: Biostatistics

Summer Year 1

  • Remaining electives

This schedule allows students to complete the degree in one year. It is not required that students complete in one year. Course descriptions are listed in the online catalog.

The leadership/administration Master of Science in Pharmacology & Toxicology program accepts students for fall semester admission only.

Last edited on 01/28/2015.