MS in Medical Pharmacology and Physiology

Degree Requirements

The master’s program is two years. The first year consists of required coursework, teaching assistantships and laboratory experiences. By the end of the first semester, students are expected to have selected a laboratory and mentor for either the thesis or non-thesis track and to form their thesis advisory committee. The second year consists of a continuation of coursework, teaching assistantships, ongoing thesis work and the defense of the thesis project. Students are required to present at the annual departmental student research update day each year that they are enrolled in the program. To satisfy requirements for the MS degree, a student must complete the professional plan of study with an average grade of B or better and pass an oral examination over an acceptable master’s thesis. Candidates also must comply with other regulations governing master’s degrees. MS degree students should normally complete their studies and thesis project within 2-3 years of admission to the degree program.

Required Coursework
MPP 8411Mammalian Pharmacology and Physiology5
MPP 7422Medical Physiology4
MPP 7424Medical Pharmacology4
MPP 8420Skills in Biomedical Research2
MPP 9422Medical Pharmacology and Physiology Journal Club (every semester)1
MPP 8412Seminar in Medical Pharmacology and Physiology (every semester)1
MPP 8415Responsible Conduct of Research thru Engagement, Enactment and Empowerment NIH and other Federal Age2
STAT 7070Statistical Methods for Research3
or STAT 7530 Analysis of Variance
or STAT 7510 Applied Statistical Models I
Electives
Two upper-level MPP electives must be taken by non-thesis students. Suggestions include:
MPP 9426Transmembrane Signaling4
MPP 9430Cardiovascular Physiology3
MPP 9431Control of Energy Metabolism3
MPP 9432Mammalian Membrane Physiology1-3
MPP 9434Microvascular Circulatory Function4
MPP 9435Molecular Exercise Biology1-3
MPP 9437Neural Control of the Circulation3

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Application Deadlines

Fall deadline: December 15

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in the last 60 hours

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy or related areas from an accredited college

  • Background in biology and chemistry and an understanding of mathematics and physics

  • Course work in biochemistry and physiology is highly recommended

  • Previous lab or research experience preferred

  • Minimum English proficiency scores, one of the following:

  • TOEFL Test Of English as Foreign Language (internet based) = 80

  • IELTS International English Language Testing System (overall academic score) = 6.5

  • PTE Pearson Test of English = 59

  • C1A Cambridge C1Advanced = 180

Students are usually admitted to begin their program in the Fall semester, but applications for admission in other semesters will be considered on a space-available basis. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Students with an appropriate educational background are encouraged to apply for entrance into the PhD program. A master’s degree is not a prerequisite for admission to the doctoral program. The department will consider applications for the MS degree programs from U.S. citizens but PhD degree students will be given priority consideration for financial support. Deficiencies in course work may be remedied during the first years of the graduate program.

Required Application Materials

To the Graduate School:

  • All required Graduate School documents

To the Medical Pharmacology & Physiology Program:

  • Departmental application

  • Personal statement

  • Transcripts

  • 3 letters of recommendation (use form provided). The letters should be written by individuals knowledgeable of the student’s academic capability.

  • Official GRE & English proficiency scores 

Admission Contact Information
Lisa Putting
MA415 Medical Sciences Bldg, DCO63.00
Columbia, MO 65212

puttingl@health.missouri.edu
573-882-4957

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