College of Life Sciences


Master of Science


Center City


On Campus




2 - 4 Years

Contact Information


Name: Carol L. Beck, PharmD, PhD
Position: Program Director/Academic Advisor

Jefferson Alumni Hall, M46
1020 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Program Information

Name: Alexandra Whitman
Position: Program Coordinator

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The MS Program in Pharmacology prepares graduates for positions in research and development, research management, clinical trials and toxicology review and assessment.

Program Overview

The Master of Science Program in Pharmacology prepares graduates for positions in:

  • Research and development
  • Biomedical research
  • Clinical research
  • Academic medicine

This MS program is designed for students with no significant previous coursework in Pharmacology. Graduates of schools or colleges of Pharmacy should consider MS Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jefferson College of Pharmacy. Residents or fellows in clinical programs can be considered for the MS Pharmacology, Human Clinical Investigation track.

Graduates have been accepted into PhD and professional degree programs.

The MS Pharmacology Program also offers a track in Human Investigation. This track is for residents and fellows doing post-graduate clinical training. 

Program prerequisites: Students applying to the MSPR Program should have taken undergraduate general and organic chemistry courses and at least one biology course. An undergraduate biochemistry course is strongly recommended, but not required.

The program may be completed on a part-time  schedule over a period of two to four years. Courses are offered late afternoon/early evening and meet once per week, allowing students the flexibility to work while taking classes or devote their full attention to their studies. Flexibility is the key.

Applications follow University guidelines. Refer to Admissions for further information.

All of our master's programs are designated Professional Science Master’s (PSM). PSM is a graduate/ professional degree grounded in science and designed for a variety of career options in business, government or non-profit organizations. The degree combines advanced coursework in science with an array of professional skill-development activities aligned with the needs of 21st century employers.