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Pharmacology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The thesis-based M.S. degree in Pharmacology at The University of Vermont is a course and research based program, with 24 credits in coursework, and 6 credits of research. A thesis is written and there is a defense. 

A non-thesis M.S. degree requires 30 credits in coursework, but does not require a thesis or thesis defense. Research interests in the Department of Pharmacology are diverse, with special emphasis on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular pharmacology, physiology, neurovascular coupling, signal transduction, and medicinal chemistry/cancer chemotherapy.

Career Options in Pharmacology

In today's competitive job market, it is essential to choose the appropriate training for your future goals. Graduate degrees in Pharmacology will prepare you for a broad range of careers including positions at biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, research institutes, research universities, and government agencies, such as the NIH, Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. The advantage of a pharmacology program over basic biological sciences is the emphasis on drug interactions with cellular mechanisms. Thus, students gain an appreciation for scientific applications in a clinical setting, which is a desired trait for potential candidates in pharmaceutical companies and is helpful in obtaining funding for biomedical research proposals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Pharmacology 
  • Molecules and Medicine
  • Toxicology 
  • Topics in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology 
  • Advanced Pharmacology Research 
  • Summer Medical Pharmacology 
  • Pharmacological Techniques 
  • Milestones in Pharmacology 
  • Special Topics 
  • Readings in Pharmacology Seminar 
  • Master's Thesis Research 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Contact information for all three people who will provide letters of recommendation (information is submitted in the application)
  • One official transcript from each institution you have attended, including the one you currently attend
  • Writing Sample (where required)
  • Test Scores (where required)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    40176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40176 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    15936 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15936 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Burlington

  • 1269 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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