MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

Stimulating the drug development pipeline

Apply to PDD

Stimulating the drug development pipeline

Apply to PDD

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PDD Progam Guide

The MS Program in Pharmacology & Drug Development is designed for candidates who hold a baccalaureate degree and wish to obtain additional training in pharmacology that will enhance their professional and career options but who do not seek the intensive training required for a PhD.

This program is a good fit for individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree  and are currently employed, or seeking employment, in the pharmaceutical industry as well as foreign nationals seeking additional training and planning to return to their native countries.

Faculty and Research

Our faculty are deeply experienced in training students and provide a range of opportunities for rotations and thesis work.

The faculty is drawn from the departments of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology, Immunology, Medicine, Medical Education, Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics,  and Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. Other faculty are based at the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering, the School of Dental Medicine, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Institute on Aging.

Admissions students working in the lab


Students seeking admission to the Pharmacology and Drug Development MS Program apply to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences using an online application.

Students interested in applying must have completed a baccalaureate degree and are encouraged to have taken a college level class in biology.

PDD Admissions


Our training includes required and elective didactic coursework, with a focus on basic and clinical pharmacology as it relates to drug development; acquisition of proficiency in contemporary laboratory research methodology and problem-solving approaches; and mentored biomedical research, leading to a thesis of publishable quality.

Students conduct two laboratory rotations during their first year to learn techniques and explore possible laboratories in which to conduct their research.

The program begins with matriculation in September and can be completed in just under two years with graduation in May.

PDD Curriculum
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Meet Our Students

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Our students come from across the US and the world and are pursuing a wide range of thesis projects.

PDD Students

Program Outcomes

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We are proud of our graduates. They have gone on to a wide range of careers.

PDD Outcomes and Graduation Stats

PDD Contact Information

Emmanuel Pothos, PhD 
Program Director

Maddy Fodor 
Program Coordinator

Administrative Office 
M&V 501 
Phone: 617-636-6836