Master’s Program

Curriculum and Requirements

The master’s degree in pharmacology (MS) requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework.

Students typically complete our master’s program in two years.

You will conduct master’s thesis research throughout the entire program in one or more laboratories. Writing a thesis document is mandatory.


1st Semester

2nd Semester

1st Summer

Summer requirement: Apply for full-time status if you are taking less than 12 research credits per semester for the duration of your program. 

3rd Semester

4th Semester

2nd Summer

Elective Courses

You may choose electives from the list below or take other courses for elective credit in consultation with your thesis advisor.

Thesis Research Requirements

In addition to your academic coursework, you are required to complete several tasks related to your thesis research, as outlined in this timeline.

You will conduct your mandatory thesis research under the supervision of your major professor and a thesis advisory committee. In addition to your thesis advisor, your committee must include one faculty member from our department and one faculty member from another UB department.

Your research culminates in a written thesis dissertation, which is an original contribution to the scientific literature. You will present your thesis to faculty and students in a seminar, and then complete an oral defense.

Grading and Promotion Standards

We require a minimum grade of B in all coursework.

If you do not meet this requirement in a single course, you will be placed on academic probation. If this happens repeatedly, you could be asked to leave the program. The Graduate School also requires an overall average of 3.0 for degree conferral.