Master's Degree

Our M.S. program is designed to provide career-focused individuals with a highly individualized program of study that provides a strong platform for them to build towards their future goals.

There is a strong focus on research throughout the program, and students who find the best fit have a background in research and strong motivation to advance their careers. Graduates of the program will find they have several paths they can take to further their careers, whether that be in the pharmaceutical industry or further doctoral oriented research.

The M.S. Program is on-site and full-time with most students completing the program in one to two years.

Research focus areas

All of the Pharmacology Program's Graduate Faculty focus on one or more of the department's four primary research focus areas. The following links go in to more detail regarding each topic and contain a list of the graduate faculty involved in that area:


The curriculum leading to a master's degree in pharmacology at the University of Minnesota is designed to provide a solid understanding of basic pharmacology and to prepare our graduates to pursue careers as independent scientists and pharmacologists.

Students enter the program in the fall. The academic year at the University of Minnesota is divided into two semesters (fall and spring) and one summer term. Students usually take courses in all semesters and summer terms, with a lighter load during the summer to allow more time for research. For more details, please see the M.S. Curriculum Page and the M.S. Handbook.

Degree requirements and expectations

A high level of academic performance is expected of pharmacology graduate students. Only grades of A or B are acceptable in the major. Although the grade of C in minor or supporting program subjects is acceptable to the Graduate School, students are expected to maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0 (B).

Diversity statement

The Graduate School embraces the University of Minnesota's position that promoting and supporting diversity among the student body is central to the academic mission of the University. We define diversity to encompass many characteristics including economic disadvantage, special talents, evidence of leadership qualities, race or ethnicity, a strong work record, and disability. A diverse student body enriches graduate education by providing a multiplicity of views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching, and the development of new knowledge. A diverse mix of students promotes respect for, and opportunities to learn from, others with the broad range of backgrounds and experiences that constitute modern society. Higher education trains the next generation of leaders of academia and society in general, and such opportunities for leadership should be accessible to all members of society. The Graduate School and its constituent graduate programs are therefore committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities through recruitment, admission, and support programs that promote diversity, foster successful academic experiences, and cultivate the leaders of the next generation. ALL applicants to the pharmacology graduate program are invited to consider including in their personal statements a brief discussion of how their presence as a graduate student in our program would contribute to the University of Minnesota's objective of promoting excellence through diversity.