The following constitutes introductory information regarding the graduate degree program. For a complete outline of degree requirements, see Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees available in the program office and accessible from the Graduate Division homepage at http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu.
Note: There is no degree program in pharmacy at UCLA.
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Pharmacology is offered only under special circumstances: for example, to candidates who already have a doctoral degree in another field and wish to obtain additional training in pharmacology or to those doctoral students who are already in the program and who for some reason cannot continue for the Ph.D. To obtain the M.S. degree, the student must formally request approval by the graduate training committee. If approved, a guidance committee, proposed by the student and approved by the graduate training committee, reviews the thesis. None of the research conducted for the M.S. thesis may be applied to a Ph.D. degree later.
Consult the department.
The M.S. degree requires satisfactory completion of the required courses as listed under doctoral course requirements below, excluding three quarters of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology 200.
The M.S. degree requires satisfactory completion of a thesis.
In addition to meeting University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have received a bachelor's degree in a biological or physical science or in the premedical curriculum. Prerequisite courses include basic biology, basic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry, including laboratory. Quantitative analysis and physical chemistry are recommended.
In suitable cases, students who have course deficiencies may be admitted to graduate status, but any deficiencies have to be removed within a specified time. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and three letters of recommendation are required.
Applicants may write to the department for a departmental brochure and/or application form.
Students may also enter the program through UCLA ACCESS to Programs in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences, 172 MBI, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1570, (310) 206-6051.
The Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology offers two M.D./Ph.D. programs concurrently with the UCLA School of Medicine. One is the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) in which candidates are medical students that have been accepted into MSTP by the medical school in order to qualify. The second is the Speciality Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program in which candidates are post-M.D. housestaff (interns, residents, or fellows) who have been accepted into the STAR Program by its selection committee in order to qualify.
Cardiovascular pharmacology; chemical pharmacology; medical pharmacology; immunopharmacology; neuroendocrine pharmacology; neuropharmacology; psychopharmacology; nuclear medicine (positron emission tomography); pharmacokinetics.
Required: Molecular and Medical Pharmacology 200 (three quarters), 211A-211B, 212A-212B, 234A-234B, 237A-237B, 241, 251 (must be taken every quarter); and two electives chosen from Molecular and Medical Pharmacology M255, Biological Chemistry CM253, CM267 or Neurobiology M209A, Physiology 201A-201B/M203A-M203B, or a course in biostatistics.
These requirements are waived for students who have passed equivalent courses with grades of B or better within the past 36 months. Students are required to maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 in all coursework and to achieve grades of B or better in all molecular and medical pharmacology courses. One grade of less than B in a required molecular and medical pharmacology course results in probationary status; the course must be repeated with a grade of B or better; two grades of less than B result in recommendation to the graduate dean for dismissal. A single grade below B in any of the other required courses results in probationary status as well. Any student with two grades less than B in any of the non-molecular and medical pharmacology courses is considered by the graduate training committee for dismissal. A total of three grades below B in any of the required courses results in recommendation to the graduate dean for dismissal.
All required coursework should be completed by the end of the sixth quarter.
The department provides a system of laboratory rotations (Molecular and Medical Pharmacology 200) in order to familiarize students with a variety of pharmacological research areas and techniques. During the first year in the department, students participate in projects of the laboratories of their choosing. Students also become familiar with the literature relevant to the various research projects and thus establish a basis for the selection of their own research areas.
Students must submit a report on their activities at the end of each quarter of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology 200 to research advisers. The report should include the nature of the project, how the student participated, the results obtained, and a critical evaluation of the project. A copy of this report and an evaluation form by the research adviser is submitted to the graduate training committee. A report on the student and the final grade is also submitted to the committee by the research adviser.
For students entering through UCLA ACCESS, required courses include Molecular and Medical Pharmacology 237A, 241, 251 (each term after entering a pharmacology laboratory for dissertation research), Biological Chemistry CM253, and CM267 or Neurobiology M209A. Recommended electives include Molecular and Medical Pharmacology 211A, 211B, 212A, 212B, 234A, 234B, 237B, M255, Physiology 201A-201B/M203A-M203B, and one biostatistics course. Students may use course 200 or courses in other departments for the three required laboratory research rotations.
Examinations are given in all courses except seminars and research. These are in the form of written examinations, oral examinations, term papers, and/or laboratory practicals.
After completing all required courses, students take a departmental comprehensive examination consisting of a written part and an oral part. The examination panel then recommends continuation toward the Ph.D. degree, further remedial study, or termination. This examination tests for a rational, analytical approach to problem solving and for ability to integrate material learned in different courses. Students are required to know basic principles of pharmacology and the status of topics of current interest in pharmacology.
After passing the departmental comprehensive examination, the student must take the University Oral Qualifying Examination within 24 months. This examination is administered by the doctoral guidance committee. The examination concentrates on the background literature, experimental methods, and implications of the field of interest and dissertation project.
If any one of the above required examinations is failed, the student may be reexamined at a later date determined by the guidance committee.