Accelerated M.S. in Pharmacology

Highly motivated Georgetown B.S. in Human Science students can complete the requirements for the M.S. in Pharmacology in one semester after completing the bachelor’s program.

The Master of Science in Pharmacology program offers a foundation of rigorous coursework as well as the option to do research or tailor the curriculum with a selection of elective courses from across our biomedical departments.

Our typical cohort of 15-20 students benefits from a small class size in our main pharmacology courses and receives personalized attention from our faculty, whether in the classroom or in the laboratory. Core courses are taught by a team of departmental faculty and researchers, many of whom also teach in the medical school. In fact, Program Director Dr. John Partridge also directs the Medical Pharmacology curriculum for first- and second-year medical students at Georgetown.

Our alumni continue on to further education (Ph.D., medical, and other health sciences) or take positions in the public and private sphere, such as at the NIH, FDA, pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies, and university laboratories. Of students pursuing further education, 65% are accepted either during the program or within 1 year of graduation; 85% are accepted within 3 years.


HSCI students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major are eligible to apply to this program by January 15 of their junior year. Students who wish to apply should inquire with Sumaira Akber, Assistant Dean, School of Health, or Jason Tilan, Director of Accelerated BGE Pathways, Department of Human Science.

For more information about our program and admissions, please contact us.


Undergraduates start taking master’s courses in their senior year, earning the master’s degree in the fall after completing the Bachelor of Science.

Human Science Accelerated Master's Program Timeline. HSCI Junior Fall/Spring: Apply to M.S. program. HSCI Senior Fall: 2 HSCI core courses, 2 M.S. courses. HSCI Senior Spring: 2 HSCI core courses, 1 M.S. course. M.S. Program Fall: Complete M.S. requirements.

Suggested Degree Plan

Senior – Fall

Course NameCredit(s)
HSCI 4972 Human Science Seminar/Capstone I3
HSCI 4510 Physiological Adaptations4
PHAR 6000 Principles of Pharmacology4
PHSL 6501 Fundamentals of Human Physiology5
16 Credits

Senior – Spring

Course NameCredit(s)
HSCI 4973 Human Science Seminar/Capstone II3
HSCI 3090 Immunology3
PHAR 6001 Graduate Pharmacology10
16 Credits

Upon completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, you will receive your bachelor’s degree and may participate in Commencement with your undergraduate class. Contact your advising dean for more information.

Master’s – Fall

Complete the Biomedical Graduate Education Orientation at the start of the semester.

Course NameCredit(s)
PHSL 6534 Cell & Molecular Physiology4
Graduate electives
For Research Track: please take PHAR 7950 Pharmacology Research
Pre-health/pre-medical students should take PHSL 6602 Biomedical Career Pathways
11 Credits

Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. and/or a laboratory-based career are encouraged to take the Research Track. The Pharmacology Research course will immerse you in a “wet lab” experience alongside research professors, postdocs and Ph.D. students.

Master’s Courses

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Lab Research

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Alumni Outcomes

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Career Readiness

Our students benefit from the services of the Biomedical Graduate Education career office, including one-on-one advising, skills workshops, leadership programs and more.