The Graduate Program provides course work and research opportunities leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The program consists of formal course work in pharmacology and related fields, research, teaching experience, presentations at professional meetings and publication of research. The objective of the program is to provide a thorough understanding of basic pharmacology which may be used for a career of independent research and teaching in pharmacology for academic institutions, industrial laboratories or government research and administrative agencies. Students may choose from a variety of specializations when picking a research advisor and a research topic. Specific information detailing the research interests and objectives for each faculty is indicated in the faculty listings of this site. Students must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate School and the Pharmacology Graduate Program to receive an advanced degree in pharmacology. Students entering the pharmacology graduate training program are required to have a strong background in physiology and biochemistry. During the first year advanced course work in pharmacology and related areas is accomplished. In addition, the student, in collaboration with the advisor, formulates a research project and selects a Thesis or Dissertation Committee, which provides guidance of the project. After successful completion of the Written Comprehensive Examination taken in October of the second year in Springfield, the student submits a research proposal for Thesis/Dissertation work and defends it in an oral examination conducted by the Thesis or Dissertation Committee. Before final admission to candidacy, tool requirements and fulfillment of residency requirements (24 credit hours) must be accomplished. After all other requirements for the degree are satisfied, the Final Oral exam is taken. This exam consists of a seminar which describes the thesis or dissertation work and a formal review conducted by the Thesis or Dissertation Committee. Completion of an M.S. degree typically takes two years, while the Ph.D. degree takes four to five years.
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The Department of Pharmacology offers Graduate Assistantships at 50% full time equivalent at the rate of $20,256 per year (April, 2013). According to www.bestplaces.net, an individual living in Chicago, Illinois would have to make approximately $32,342 per year to have the purchasing power of $19,056 per year in Springfield. Bestplaces.net also indicates that the median home price in Springfield, IL is 51% of the national average.
Each applicant must submit directly to the Department of Pharmacology: