Master’s Program (MS)

Jimmy Vu, masters student.

Jimmy Vu, a master’s degree candidate, works on an experiment in the lab.

Our master’s in pharmacology provides you with a foundation in the discipline and helps you develop an individualized program of research.

Our students are well prepared to continue in doctoral programs in pharmacology or other biomedical sciences and strong competitors for academic and industry laboratory research positions.

Outstanding, internationally recognized faculty provide extensive mentoring to support your research interests. In addition to faculty in our department, you may conduct interdisciplinary research with faculty at the world-renowned Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Research Institute on Addictions or in other departments on campus.

Research-Oriented Curriculum

Your coursework will survey the principles of pharmacology and toxicology and cell biology, cover relevant aspects of the basic sciences and provide instruction in research methodology. Work with our highly accomplished faculty at every stage of experimental, hands-on research: studying biological processes, modeling novel compounds, synthesizing these compounds and testing their effects.

You will:

  • gain insight into every stage of the research process
  • build expertise in hands-on and analytical techniques
  • develop interdisciplinary collaborative skills and strategies
  • contribute to ongoing research into current health issues

Your studies culminate in a thesis defense based on your own research. Our structured curriculum and proactive mentoring helps most MS candidates complete their degree in two years.

Selective, Supportive Environment

We invite students to join our master's program only when we can guarantee them a lab placement. Our small, selective program maximizes one-on-one attention with faculty and ensures you can work with a thesis advisor of your choice.

We also fully fund student travel to major pharmacology conferences where you can present your research. We encourage our students to publish and we set up opportunities for you to meet researchers early in your career, initiating professional connections to support your long-term goals.

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Contact Us

For questions about the master's program in pharmacology, please contact:

Bass, Caroline

Caroline Bass, PhD

Associate Professor

955 Main Street Room 3225 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716-829-3790


Halvorsen, Stanley

Stanley Halvorsen, PhD

Associate Professor

955 Main Street Room 3214 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2651