Requirements for Degree Completion

Program Learning Objectives

The Program Learning Objectives for the Masters program in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology are available here.

Units Required

A minimum of 24 core-curriculum courses (see Course Offerings below) and 28 total units are required for graduation, including 594A and 594B (MS thesis). The core curriculum emphasizes drug discovery, drug delivery and molecular pharmacology.

Research

Research can be initiated at any point in the program. Students selecting the non-research master’s track may elect and are encouraged to carry out research in their program.

Thesis/Dissertation

Students may choose between two tracks to complete the Master of Science degree. First, the non-research Master’s track requires that the student conduct a detailed, extensive literature review in an area determined by the student in conjunction with a thesis advisor faculty member. Second, the research track requires that the student carry out a research project during the second year of the program.

On either track, students must submit a thesis to complete their degree requirements, either covering the scientific area selected in the non-research track, or describing their research project and results in the research track. The thesis should be 50-100 pages on average.

Course Offerings

Graduate students are expected to possess knowledge in various areas of pharmaceutical sciences. The following are graduate courses offered by the program (some courses are not offered every year):

  • PSCI 599 
Pharmacogenomics
  • PSCI 599 
Proteomics
  • PSCI 651 
Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • PSCI 652L 
Structure-Activity Relationship & Drug Design
  • PSCI 653L 
Spectrometry in Biomedicine
  • PSCI 654L 
Computing Applications in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PSCI 655 
Immunopharmaceutics
  • PSCI 662 
Advanced Pharmacokinetics
  • PSCI 663 
Dosage Form Design & Evaluation
  • PSCI 664 
Drug Discovery and Design
  • PSCI 665 
Drug Transport and Delivery
  • PSCI 666 
Molecular Structural Biology
  • PSCI 667 
Intracellular Drug Delivery and Targeting
  • PSCI 671 
Drug Metabolism (Morphology)

The following are graduate courses offered in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology:

  • MPTX 500 
Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • MPTX 501 
Toxicology of Oxidants and Free Radicals
  • MPTX 601 
Methods in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • MPTX 602 
Sciences, Research and Ethics

The following are graduate courses offered for the Health Sciences Campus as “campus-wide” general courses:

  • INTD 531 
Cell Biology
  • INTD 561 
Biochemistry
  • INTD 571 
Molecular Genetics
  • PHBI 562 
Systems and Integrative Physiology

USC Course Catalogue

For Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSCI) and Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology (MPTX) courses, see School of Pharmacy.

For Interdepartmental (INTD) and Physiology and Biophysics (PHBI) courses, see Keck School of Medicine.

USC Course Catalogue

Schedule of Classes

For course availability for the current year see the Schedule of Classes.