Frequently Asked Questions (Masters)


Below are some of our most commonly asked questions.  Please email us at [email protected] if you have any additional questions. 


What are the requirements to apply to the M.S. program?

Applicants must have earned their bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0, in major science courses.  Students interested in the research option must a have a recommendation of achievement in laboratory research. 

How will admissions decisions be made?

Decisions regarding admission will be made on or near the deadlines for applications, once the they are reviewed by the admissions committee. All applicants will be notified of their status by May 31.

When is the application deadline?

Our application opens September and closes after the Application Deadlines of March 15 for International applicants and April 1 for Domestic applicants (11:59 p.m. EST).

What standardized test(s) are required?

The Pharmacology Department no longer requires the GRE.  If students do submit their score they will not be reviewed or factored into any admissions decisions.  International applicants who have completed their entire Bachelors or Masters degree at an institution taught exclusively in English are exempt from the TOEFL exam. 

Can I get a fee waiver?

Some applicants may be eligible for a waiver. Visit the Rackham Graduate School website for more information on fee waivers and grants(link is external). The University of Michigan is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp. For more information and to request a graduate application fee waiver, please visit their website(link is external). Please note that in order to receive the Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp (formally known as the CIC FreeApp), you must submit a request to the Big Ten Academic Alliance well in advance of submitting your U-M application.

What type of funding is available?

See the Rackham Graduate School’s website for financial aid available to Masters students.

How much does graduate school cost? 

MS students are responsible for tuition at in-state or out-of-state rates, living expenses, and health care. 

What are the requirements for graduation?

Students must pass all required coursework and successfully write and present their masters thesis based on their research or literature review. 

What is the process of finding an advisor?

At the start of the program, students will meet with the Program Director to discuss their interests to determine which faculty members might be appropriate choices. Students will then meet with potential advisors. After determining their preference, students will reach out again to faculty to confirm if they are willing to take the student.  Once things are finalized, the student and faculty member notify the Program Director and Student Affairs Program Manager. 

How long does it take to graduate?

On average, students complete the MS Pharmacology degree in 11 months. 

Who do I go to if I need help?

Dr. Christine Canman
Associate Professor of Pharmacology & MS Program Director
Dr. Liz Peckham
Clinical Instructor
Sondra Auerbach, LPC, NCC
Student Affairs Program Manager