Pharmacology (Master of Science)

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A master’s degree (MS) in pharmacology from Creighton University provides hands-on experience that prepares you for a career in teaching and research in your choice of pharmacology disciplines.

We offer an interdisciplinary approach to pharmacology that allows students to develop depth and expertise. Students can concentrate their studies within specialized areas such as autonomic pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, ocular pharmacology, renal pharmacology, exocrine pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, immunopharmacology, neuropharmacology, toxicology and more.

Throughout the program, you will work closely with a faculty mentor. Creighton pharmacology faculty members are highly accomplished researchers and teachers who reflect the complex scope of modern pharmacological research. In their work, they apply methods of systems and cell physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, and cellular and molecular biology to better understand drug action.


Depending on your goals and interests, the pharmacology master’s program can prepare you for studying at the PhD level, working with pharmaceutical manufacturers, or working as an educator or researcher at a university. Pharmacologists are also employed in commercial and crime labs, and in the medical, dental and veterinary fields


The student will select a major adviser and assemble a thesis committee. The student, adviser and committee will formulate a plan of study. The adviser and committee will assist the student during the entire course of the program. See the catalog for a complete list of courses.

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities may include investigation of neurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy, asthma, cancer, teratogenicity of environmental toxins and pharmaceutics, drugs of abuse, and pulmonary hypertension.

Admissions Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  2. A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 overall
  3. Undergraduate courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and mathematics or equivalent courses are required. Isolated deficiencies may be made up in the graduate program.
  4. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test must be taken. GRE scores for the verbal and quantitative exam sections must be in the 50th percentile or above.
  5. The Graduate School requires all students from countries in which English is not the native language to demonstrate competence in English by a score of 90 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based Test (iBT) at the graduate level.

The deadline for applications is May 1 for admission in the following fall semester.


Tuition & Scholarships

See the graduate school website for financial information

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