Masters in Pharmacology

Tulane University - Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (School of Medicine)

Program Description

Masters in Pharmacology

Tulane University - Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (School of Medicine)

  • 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 one's credentials for applying to a 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).
  • Over the past 5 years, 78.5% of pharmacology MS graduates have gained admittance into medical, dental or graduate school (113/144 students for classes graduating between 2013-2017).


Objectives

  • 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 master's 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 Master's program in Pharmacology 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.


Degree Requirements

Thesis Track: Students are required to successfully complete the minimum of 26 credit hours of coursework, 4 credit hours for Masters Thesis Research, and complete the requirements for a Master's thesis. The thesis will be based on either laboratory or library research (the topic to be chosen by the student in consultation with the advisor and the thesis committee).


Non-Thesis Track:
Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework, including 4 elective courses (8 credit hours) in the Spring semester.


Community Service:
A track record of community or public service has become a prerequisite for admission to most US medical schools. Students must complete a minimum of 1 hour of community service per week or a minimum of 12 hours per semester. Documentation & reflection on what students learn from community service activities is a component of the Pharmacology ePortfolio course. Students can also elect to perform 24 hours of community service in a semester for 2 credit hours in the ePortfolio course. This can be used to complete 32 total credit hours at the end of the program.


Curriculum

Fall Semester Credits
Advances in Pharmacology 1
Medical Pharmacology 6
Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology 2
Pharmacology ePortfolio 1-2
Pharmacology Seminar 1
Principles of Pharmacology 3
Research Electives
Pharmacology Lab Research 2
Masters Research 2
Total 14-15

* Courses begin Aug 27th, 2018

** Requires concurrent registration for Principles of Pharmacology or prior completion of Medical Physiology

Spring Semester Credits
Advances in Pharmacology 1
Medical Pharmacology 4
Pharmacology ePortfolio 1-2
Pharmacology Seminar 1
Principles of Pharmacology 2

- Masters students on the non-Thesis Track need to take all 4 electives listed below; Those on the Thesis Track need to take 2 of the 4 electives.

Spring Electives Credits
Neuropharmacology 2
Environ Signaling in Medicine 2
Cellular Control Mechanisms 2
Endocrine Pharmacology 2
Research Electives Credits
Pharmacology Lab Research 2
Masters Research 2
Total 17-18
Fall & Spring Total 31-32


Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission are required to have successfully completed the requirements for a baccalaureate degree including basic work in biology and chemistry. Competitive scores for admissions are a GPA of ≥3.0, and either a cumulative MCAT score of 500 (or old MCAT score: 27) or higher, an average DAT score of 18 or higher, or an average GRE score of 300 or higher.


Application

An application to the Master of Science in Pharmacology graduate degree program must be accompanied by a fee of $50. The fee is non-refundable. Applications for the next academic year should be received by June 15, 2018. However, applications will be reviewed as they are received, therefore early submission of applications is highly encouraged.

Applying to the MS Program

You may create an account and complete the online application by accessing this link to Tulane's Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences website.

If you should have any questions regarding your application or the application process, please call the Biomedical Sciences office at 504-988-5226.


Tuition

Full-time tuition for the 2018-19 academic year is $23,500 to be paid on a two-semester basis. No tuition waivers are available for this program. Students will also be charged the following estimated fees on a per semester basis: Academic Support Services ($400), Student Activities ($120), Reily Recreation Center ($150), and Student Health Services ($320). Fees are subject to change.

Master's Graduation Fees

When applying for graduation, a Degree Fee of $35.00 is required.

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Last updated September 10, 2018
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Aug. 2019
Duration
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1 year
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Price
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23,500 USD
Full-time tuition for the 2018-19 academic year is $23,500 to be paid on a two semester basis. No tuition waivers are available for this program
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Start date : Aug. 2019
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Aug. 2019
USA - New Orleans, Louisiana
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Applications open in October and close June 15th.
End date May 31, 2019