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Pharmacology Masters program

One Year Masters Program
  • 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).
  • Analysis of our program's outcomes has shown that 79% of pharmacology MS graduates have gained admittance into medical, dental or graduate school (e.g. 113/144 students for classes graduating between 2013-2017).


  • 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
Fall 2021. A Planned Return to "Normalcy".

During the 2020-2021 academic year we implemented a hybrid online / classroom curriculum (with social distancing, and wearing of masks) to minimize health risks due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.  However, because of the increasing degree of vaccination and the projected reduction in risk, our pharmacology graduate program is planning to return to traditional in-class instruction with adequate social distancing in accordance with any public health mandates beginning with the fall 2021 semester. The first day of class for the fall semester will be August 23, 2021, and the last day of classes and exams will be Dec 13-18th, followed by Winter Recess. 

We are committed to ensuring that our teaching, and the learning efforts of our students maintain a high level of excellence. Since our program began, our students have experienced approximately 80% acceptance rates to medical schools across the country, and those students have further experienced acceptance into quality residency programs. Eight of our former Master’s students graduated from the Tulane SOM with their medical degrees this last May 2020. Please see the “Master’s in Pharmacology Graduate Spotlight” on page 4 of our Fall 2020 Pharmacology Newsletter, and similar articles appear on pages 4 or 5 of all previous newsletters on our departmental website.