M.Sc. On Campus


Tulane University

12 months
23500 USD/year
23500 USD/year
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Over the past 5 years 78.5% of Pharmacology MS graduates from Tulane University have gained admittance into medical, dental or graduate school


A one year post-baccalaureate program leading to the MS degree in Pharmacology

Designed for those interested in improving their credentials to gain admission to a medical or dental school

Class size is maintained at less than 35 to create a more personal connection between students & faculty

Students in our MS program take the School of Medicine's 2nd year Medical Pharmacology course (taught separately in a different sequence)

All graduate courses are taught within the School of Medicine by full time Medical School faculty

Successful performance will significantly improve ones credentials for applying to medical or dental school.

Students who took the MCAT a second time after completing our MS program between 2009-2013 significantly increased their MCAT score by 3.5±1.8(n=47, P<0.0001) (based upon the pre-2015 MCAT scale of 3-45).


  • To train students in the principles underlying the discipline of pharmacology
  • To learn the approach, rationale, and methods required to design and conduct research in pharmacology

Tulane became the first national research institution to integrate public service into its core curriculum for undergraduates in 2006. Now, the entire university community, including the schools of Architecture, Business, Law, Liberal Arts, Medicine, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Science and Engineering and Social Work – is committed to public service.

Public service is of particular importance to those entering our one year masters program, because providing a track record of significant public or community service has become a prerequisite for admission to most US medical schools. Students are expected to move beyond the scope of academics and work in a community to improve the health of a population. This is "what medicine is all about". 

As a result, a core requirement of our Masters program in Pharmacology offered by Tulane University is that students provide public or community service averaging at least 1 hour per week, or 12 hours per semester. During the 2017-18 academic year, students in our pharmacology Master's program performed over 2167 hours of public service in the New Orleans area (with an average of 68 hours per student for the academic year). 

Tulane has a Center for Public Service that helps connect students with numerous community partners & outreach programs that are active in the New Orleans area. As a part of the pharmacology curriculum, students are required to document their service activities in short essays, posted photos or video clips, and reflect upon the learning garnered from such activities in an online blog or wiki page. In addition, students are also expected to reflect on what they have learned from their academic and classroom activities.

Tulane is setting the standard for public service for the next generation of universities. When you receive a Tulane education, you will get a little something extra from community service activities that most other institutions don't offer. Our students get a unique educational experience that can be found Only in New Orleans. Only at Tulane.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pharm Advances
  • Medical Pharmacology
  • Molecular & Cellular Pharmacol
  • Pharmacology ePortfolio
  • Principles of Pharmacol

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Letters of recommendation to Tulane University School of Medicine should be submitted through the AMCAS primary application.
  • Two letters must be from science professors and one can be from a professional (professor/ supervisor) of your choosing.
  • Tulane no longer accepts mailed, faxed or emailed letters of recommendation. 
  • There are several ways in which a letter writer may submit letters to AMCAS: VirtualEvals, Interfolio, and via U.S. Mail. In addition, letter writers may upload letters directly to AMCAS through the AMCAS Letter Writer Application. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11750 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    23500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11750 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for New Orleans

1125 - 2151 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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