MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

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PDD Program Guide download pdf

The MS Program in Pharmacology & Drug Development is designed for candidates who hold a baccalaureate degree and wish to obtain additional training in pharmacology that will enhance their professional and career options but who do not seek the intensive training required for a PhD. Applicants are likely to include individuals currently employed, or seeking employment, in the pharmaceutical industry as well as foreign nationals seeking additional training and planning to return to their native countries.

The training includes required and elective didactic coursework, with a focus on basic and clinical pharmacology as it relates to drug development; acquisition of proficiency in contemporary laboratory research methodology and problem-solving approaches; and mentored biomedical research, leading to a thesis of publishable quality.

The program begins with matriculation in September and can be completed in just under two years with graduation in May.

Contact Information









Emmanuel Pothos, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
Stearns 514
Phone: 617-636-6940
Fax: 617-636-2990


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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research