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Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology

Major: PHTX
Degree Awarded: MS
Unit: GM
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/medicine/departments/pharmacology


Program Information

The Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology is committed to academic excellence and to the attainment of regional, national, and international recognition for the quality of its educational, research, and service activities. The Department Strategic Plan includes five broad objectives:

  • Provide instruction in pharmacology and toxicology of the highest quality for the education and preparation of medical, dental, nursing, and other health care professional students. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamental principles necessary for life-long learning and the essential knowledge required for rational, effective, and safe use of drug therapy.
  • Advance biomedical knowledge through active contribution to high quality research and other scholarly activities, particularly in pharmacology and toxicology and other areas of focus within the University of Louisville Strategic Plan.
  • Provide high quality research and educational experiences in pharmacology and toxicology for the education and training of future biomedical scientists who can provide and advance biomedical education, research, and service.
  • Provide instruction of the highest quality in pharmacology and toxicology that is appropriate for students at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels.
  • Provide high quality service to the School of Medicine, the Health Sciences Center, the University, the people of Louisville and the surrounding region, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, professional organizations, the nation, and the world.

Goals of the Program

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is dedicated to advancing biomedical knowledge through active contribution to high quality research in pharmacology and toxicology and to providing high quality research and educational experiences for the education and training of future biomedical scientists who advance biomedical education, research, and service. 

Program Admission Procedure

For the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology complete guidelines are given below.

1. Application forms. All candidates for admission to graduate programs at the University of Louisville must complete the application form found at http://graduate.louisville.edu/apply. This may be completed online or may be submitted via mail to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Suite 105, Houchens Bldg
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
United States of America

Applications are received at any time for starting dates of approximately August 1. All credentials and/or communications should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions and should contain the student's full name and Social Security Number or UofL-issued Student ID. Lack of Social Security Number may cause processing to be delayed. Applications received by January 1 are assured of full consideration for that year. Admission on a conditional basis is a possibility in rare, special cases, even though application materials are incomplete. Please contact the department for additional information.

2. Application Fee. A $60.00 US currency non-refundable application fee is required with the application form. An application will not be forwarded to the department until this fee is paid. A check or money order should be made payable to the " University of Louisville."

3. Transcripts. Applicants for admission to a degree program must submit an official transcript from each college attended. All University of Louisville transcripts will automatically be submitted with completion of an application. All applications are considered on an individual basis. Normally, a successful applicant will have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher and will have successfully completed sufficient coursework in basic biology, chemistry and mathematics.

4. Test Scores. Applicants normally must take the general section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). There is no absolute cutoff score for acceptance. Each case is decided on the totality of its merits. At the discretion of the department, MCAT or other entrance examination scores may be accepted in place of the GRE. Information can be obtained from:

  • University of Louisville Testing Center, or
  • Graduate Record Examination Educational Testing Service Box 955 Princeton, NJ 08541, or
  • http://www.gre.org/

The GRE Advanced Test in a discipline is not required, but if available will be used in admissions and placement decisions.

NOTE: GRE Institution Code is R1838-University of Louisville. The GRE major codes are 0216 – Pharmacology or 0219 – Toxicology.

5. Statement of Experience and Professional Goals. At the time of application, a two to three page typed statement should be sent to introduce the student to the faculty of the Department, describing past educational, laboratory and relevant life experiences, as well as outlining professional goals after the degree program. This statement can be sent electronically to gradadm@louisville.edu or via mail to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Suite 105, Houchens Bldg
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
United States of America

6. English Proficiency. All applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit official TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test or 550 or higher on the paper-based test for verification of English proficiency. Students holding a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement. Information concerning the TOEFL exam can be obtained from: University Testing Center, or Test of English as a Foreign Language PO Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541 USA or http://www.toefl.org The institutional code of UofL for TOEFL is 1838. The TOEFL department code is 30 (other biological sciences.)

7. Personal Interview. Whenever possible, a personal interview, either in person or via telephone will be held before final offer and acceptance of a position in the M.S. program.

8. Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's research and/or academic work are required. These recommendations will ideally include a letter attached to the recommendation form (pdf form), or may be completed electronically via the online application.

9. International Student Applicants. In addition to satisfying the appropriate credential requirements, applicants may be required to provide the following documents.

  • Applicants who attended college outside the US must submit verbatim notarized English translations of all academic records and credentials.

10. Financial Aid The Department normally provides no funds for such support of Masters' students.

11. Residency Policy Residency status for students is determined in the Office of Graduate Admissions. The status is determined according to the policy on classification of students for fee assessment purposes at state-supported institutions of higher education. Except as provided in the guidelines, it is presumed that a resident has remained in the state in a non-student status for the twelve months immediately preceding the last date for enrollment in the institution.

The domicile of an unemancipated person, as defined in the guidelines, is that of his/her parent. The domicile of a married person is determined by the provisions of the guidelines independent of the residence of the spouse. Copies of the guidelines and appropriate forms for requesting change of residence classification may be obtained from the Office of Student Services.

Indiana Tuition Reciprocity: The University of Louisville is participating in an Indiana Tuition Reciprocity Program for residents of Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison or Scott Counties who have been admitted directly into an approved graduate program. Eligible participants are required to notify the Admissions Office prior to their first enrollment and the Registrar's Office after their first enrollment of any changes in residency status. [e.g. if they no longer live in one of the eligible counties, or are no longer in an eligible program.] The University reserves the right to further investigate and require documentation of eligibility for tuition reciprocity.

For Military Personnel: If an applicant, spouse or parent (if dependent) is currently stationed in Kentucky on military active duty for one or more years, please attach a copy of the military orders, a lease or mortgage showing Kentucky address and a military dependent identification card if appropriate. If the applicant is a Kentucky resident but has been in the military and has been recently discharged, please send a copy of the military discharge papers (DD-214).

International Students on Immigrant/ Permanent Resident Status: If currently on an immigrant/ permanent resident status, it will be necessary to submit a copy of an immigration/ permanent resident card, both sides, for review of possible residency classification for tuition purposes.

The University of Louisville reserves the right to change programs of study, academic requirements, fees, schedules of courses, the announced academic calendar and deadlines without prior notice.



Curriculum


The Masters Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology is a 1.5+ year course of study culminating in the presentation and defense of a masters thesis. The masters thesis may be based on laboratory research, a “dry” library-based research project, or a combination of the two. The M.S. curriculum is designed for:

(a) individuals interested in a terminal masters degree who do not require extensive research experience or credentials, e.g. pharmaceutical representatives, medical insurance providers, medico-legal professionals;

(b) for pairing with other programs to form hybrid or dual science/business or public health degrees, such as an M.S./M.B.A. or M.S./M.P.H.programs;

(c) for individuals interested in progressing through management ranks in Pharma or biotech businesses;

(d) when coupled with extensive scientific writing experience or electives as the basis for a scientific writing career;

(e) when combined with theoretical and practical training in laboratory analysis as the basis for a career in biotechnology.

 
M.S. in Pharmacology & Toxicology Curriculum
     
Course Number
Course Title Credits
First Year - Fall Semester    
PHTX 660 Principles of Drug and Chemical Action 2
BIOC 645
Biochemistry I
4
PHTX 610
Methods and Analysis in the Biomedical Sciences
2
PHZB 616 Special Topics in Physiology 2
Co-curricular    
PHTX 606 Seminar 1
PHTX 619 Research 1
     
First Year - Spring Semester    
PHTX 655
Neuropharmacology
2
PHTX 674/675 Research Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology
2
Co-curricular    
PHTX 619
Research
3-4
PHTX 606 Seminar 1
BIOC 603 Research Ethics 1
     
Summer After First Year    
PHTX 619 Research 9
     
Second Year - Fall Semester    
PHTX 656 Cardiovascular and Renal Pharmacology 2
PHTX 657
Endocrine and Metabolic Pharmacology
2
PHTX 658 Selective Toxicity and Chemotherapeutics 1
PHTX 625
Scientific Writing
2
Co-curricular    
PHTX 619
Research
2-4
PHTX 606
Seminar
1
   
Second Year - Spring Semester (if required)  
Masters Candidacy    
Preparation, presentation, and defense of MS thesis Award of M.S. degree.
2


Departmental Faculty


Faculty with Primary Appointments

Arteel, Gavin E.
Professor

Arteel, Juliane I.
Assistant Professor

Ceresa, Brian P.
Associate Professor

Clark, Geoffrey J.
Associate Professor

Gupta, Ramesh
Professor

Hein, David W.
Professor and Chair

Kang, Y. James
Professor

Kidd, La Creis R.
Associate Professor

Lukashevich, Igor S.
Professor

Matoba, Nobuyuki
Associate Professor

Myers, Steven R.
Associate Professor

Nerland, Donald E.
Professor

Palmer, Kenneth E.

Professor

Pierce, William M.
Professor

Siskind, Leah J.
Associate Professor

Song, Zhao-Hui
Professor

States, J. Christopher
Professor

Faculty with Secondary Appointments

Aronoff, George R.
Professor

Barve, Shirish
Professor

Beverly, Levi J.
Assistant Professor

Bhatnagar, Aruni
Professor

Bodduluri, Haribabu
Professor

Brier, Michael E.

Professor

Brock, Guy N.,

Associate Professor

Cai, Jian

Assistant Professor

Cai, Lu
Professor

Cave, Matthew C.
Associate Professor

Chesney, Jason A.
Professor

Conklin, Daniel
Associate Professor

Cunningham, Albert R.
Associate Professor

Damoradan, Chendil

Associate Professor

Eaton, John W.
Professor

Epstein, Paul N.
Professor

Feng, Wenke

Associate Professor

Frieboes, Hermann B.
Assistant Professor

Gobejishvili, Leila

Assistant Professor

Gozal, Evelyne
Associate Professor

Guo, Yiru
Professor

Hetman, Michal
Professor

Jenson, A. Bennett
Professor

Jones, Steven P.
Associate Professor

Jonsson, Colleen B.
Professor

Joshi-Barve, Swati

Assistant Professor

Keller, Brad B.
Professor

Kirpich, Irina

Assistant Professor

Li, Chi
Assistant Professor

Martin, Robert C.G.

Professor

McClain, Craig
Professor

McMasters, Kelly M.
Professor

McNally, Lacey R.

Assistant Professor

Merchant, Michael L.

Associate Professor

Miller, Donald M.
Professor

Ng, Chin K.
Associate Professor

O'Toole, Timothy E.

Assistant Professor

Pisano, M. Michele
Professor

Rai, Shesh N.

Professor

Rodgers, George C.
Professor

Roman, Jesse
Professor

Scott, David A.
Professor

Srivastava, Sanjay

Professor

Steinbach, Jill M.

Assistant Professor

Sullivan, Janice E.
Professor

Tan, Yi

Assistant Professor

Watson, Walter (Bert)
Assistant Professor

Wattenberg, Brian (Binks)
Associate Professor

Yan, Jun

Professor

Ye, Hong
Associate Professor

Zacharias, Wolfgang
Professor

Zhang, Xiang

Professor



Contact Information

Pharmacology and Toxicology - MS

J. Christopher States, Ph.D. Vice Chair for Graduate Education
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
School of Medicine
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
rowell@louisville.edu
United States of America
 

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