2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmacology and Toxicology, MS

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Program Description

The Program of Study leading to the Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology will prepare students for careers in industry, government, education, medicine, and research organizations or for further professional training. Our students are recruited from universities worldwide, as well as military, medical, and industrial sectors.

Our master’s program differs from other graduate-level programs currently offered at Wright State University, both conceptually and with respect to employment and career opportunities. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the broad range of theoretical concepts that comprise pharmacology and toxicology, including both historical context and state-of-the-art technical approaches to solving pharmacological and toxicological problems. Our department’s goal of providing students, in a cohort environment, with a career-oriented yet theoretically based education will be accomplished within the core curriculum through the combination of text and literature-based lectures, department-sponsored seminars, and in-depth dialogue between students and faculty. Our programs also provide students with the opportunities to carry out ground-breaking research using a variety of systems and approaches ranging from molecules to animal and human studies. We offer a choice of study options in which to receive the Master of Science degree:  Research-based (thesis) option and Leader/Administration option. Additionally, our department offers a dual-degree option, available only for current Boonshoft School of Medicine students. Please review each program option below for more specific information.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements for admission established by the Graduate School. A baccalaureate degree in physical, chemical, or life sciences with undergraduate-level courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular genetics, and cell biology is generally required. Preference is given to applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. A personal goals statement and three letters of recommendation are required. For international students, a TOEFL minimum score of 213(CBT) or 79/120(IBT) or a band 6 through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Students pursuing the dual-degree (MD/MS) option must be enrolled in the MD program with the Boonshoft School of Medicine and have successfully completed their first year of the MD curriculum.

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Program Requirements:

To qualify for the Master of Science degree, students must satisfy the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, as well as the program requirements. Students will participate with faculty in intramural seminars and a weekly Journal Club and may be selected to attend and present your research findings at local and national scientific meetings and conferences. Each student must have an advisory committee, which will consist of two members of the Pharmacology and Toxicology faculty and the advisor. The committee will monitor the student’s progress and service as the examination group for the oral exam. Each master’s option has its own specific requirements; more information is provided under the Programs of Study Requirements.

Programs of Study Requirements

I. Research-based (Thesis) Option: 30 Credit Hours

During the first year, thesis-option students will be required to enroll in 12-15 hours of didactic course work supplemented by laboratory rotations and research activities. During the second year, students will focus on developing a research-based thesis culminating with an oral thesis defense. Students are required to attend department seminars. This option is only available via classroom/laboratory setting.

II. Leader/Administration (Non-Thesis) Option: 30 Credit Hours

Students preferring the non-thesis option enroll in 21 hours of core coursework and an additional 9 hours of elective courses. the non-thesis program requires a scientific review and a final oral exam. Students are required to attend department seminars. This option is available fully online or in a classroom setting. This option may be completed in one academic year or two academic years.

One-Year Leader/Admin Option:

Fall year 1

Spring year 1

Two-Year Leader/Admin Option:

Fall year 1

Fall year 2

Spring year 2

  • PTX XXXX - Student choice of Elective Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PTX XXXX - Student choice of Elective Credit Hour(s): 3

III. Clinical Trials Coordination Concentration (Non-Thesis): 30 Credit Hours

Students preferring a concentration in clinical trials and clinical research related to human studies and human cells will enroll in 30 hours of core coursework. This is a non-thesis option. Electives are not required for this option. This option is available mostly online or in a classroom setting. This option is designed to be completed in one year.

Dual-Degree Programs

IV. Clinical Investigation Concentration (MD/MS): 26 Credit Hours

The Dual-degree option requires concurrent enrollment in the Boonshoft School of Medicine MD program, and the MS will e awarded only after the MD has been awarded. Coursework is taken over two semesters, between year one and year two, and year two and year three, of medical school. The MS curriculum for the Clinical Investigation concentration is 26 semester hours of PTX coursework with students receiving 4 credit hours from acceptable BSOM coursework taken over two or three summers between years one to four of medical school.

Medical School courses that will substitute for PTX electives include:

  • SMD 8170 - Origins 1, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Credit Hour(s): 1
  • SMD 8175 - Origins 2, Cellular Physiology & Pharmacology Credit Hour(s): 1
  • SMD 8185 - Immunology, Bacteriology, & Virology Credit Hour(s): 1
  • SMD 8590 - Staying Alive Module, Cardiac, Respiratory and Renal Systems Credit Hour(s): 1

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