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Program Overview

Advance your career on your own time and in your own location. The MS in Integrative Pharmacology targets the laboratory professional. The program is designed for those who have a desire to excel in their field but who do not currently wish to pursue a doctoral degree. This program was designed in association with biomedical industry leaders for individuals who seek career advancement and leadership roles in academic, government, or industrial laboratories. Unique features of the program include required professional development courses in areas such as project management, leadership, drug development, and patent law for researchers.

Program Outcomes

Students will gain comprehensive knowledge of whole-animal and organ systems-level pharmacology and managerial skills for the pharmaceutical industry. Core scientific courses include principles of pharmacology, experimental design and analysis, and an applied pharmacology laboratory experience delivered in an online format. A capstone applied project develops experiment planning and analysis skills, as well as improving scientific writing capabilities.

Career Outlook

Graduates from our program have consistently received promotions from positions as technicians or assistant scientists to more senior managerial positions as Research Coordinators, Study Managers, and associate or senior scientists in pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, or clinical laboratories.



  • PHM 819 Principles of Drug-Tissue Interactions2 Credits
  • PHM 822Academic and Research Integrity1 Credit
  • PHM 830 Experimental Design and Data Analysis 3 Credits
  • PHM 832 Applied Integrative Pharmacology Laboratory3 Credits
  • PHM 850Communications for Biomedical Researchers 2 Credits
  • PHM 895Applied Project in Integrative Pharmacology3-6 Credit
  • PHM 982Capstone Literature Review2 Credits


  • BLD 830Concepts in Molecular Biology2 Credits
  • BLD 842Managing Biomedical Laboratory Operations2 Credits
  • HM 803 Epidemiology and Public Health3 Credits
  • HM 806 Environmental Factors of Health3 Credits
  • HM 833 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting and Public Health 3 Credits
  • PHM 430Human Pharmacology3 Credits
  • PHM 431 Pharmacology of Drug Addiction3 Credits
  • PHM 450 Introduction to Chemical Toxicology3 Credits
  • PHM 461 Tropical Medicine Pharmacology2 Credits
  • PHM 483Antimicrobial Chemotherapy3 Credits
  • PHM 813 Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Toxicology 3 Credits
  • PHM 817 Neurotoxicology2 Credits
  • PHM 828 Concepts in Carcinogenesis 2 Credits
  • PHM 829 Neuropharmacology 2 Credits
  • PHM 831 Endocrine Pharmacology and Toxicology 2 Credits
  • PHM 833 Gastro-Intestinal and Liver Pharmacology and Toxicology 2 Credits
  • PHM 834 Respiratory Pharmacology 2 Credits
  • PHM 835 Biopharmaceuticals: From Development to Manufacturing 3 Credits
  • PHM 837 Autonomic Pharmacology 1 Credit
  • PHM 840Safety Pharmacology2 Credits
  • PHM 841 Cellular and Molecular Toxicology3 Credits
  • PHM 851 Intellectual Property and Patent Law for Biomedical Sciences 2 Credits
  • PHM 854 Leadership and Team-Building for Biomedical Research2 Credits
  • PHM 855 The Business of Biomedical Research Organizations2 Credits
  • PHM 857Project Management 2 Credits
  • PHM 858 Project Management and the Drug Development Process 3 Credits
  • VM 812 Food Safety Toxicology3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed coursework

    A minimum of 3 credits in chemistry and 3 credits in biology. Preference will be given to applicants with additional science coursework and/or professional experience.

  4. A written personal statement

    Complete a personal/academic statement, including your reason for choosing our program and career or academic goals after earning this degree.

  5. 2 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 4216) in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  2. International Graduate Application (VISA information is not required for this online program)
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Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $27,094
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $27,094
  • Total


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