MS Program Outline

The residential MS program is designed over a 2-year period, but individual student progress in meeting the annual milestones may vary. Students complete a set of core courses that are shared among all POP specialties as well as courses specific to their chosen specialty. Core courses in the MS and PhD programs are identical to allow MS students easy transition into the PhD program if they desire to continue their training. Students who know that they would like to pursue a PhD degree can enter the PhD program directly.

Successful completion of the MS program is documented by passing the preliminary exam, which is required from students in both the MS and PhD track, and by completion of a MS thesis.

Students attend the weekly departmental seminar, a weekly journal club, and join faculty on ongoing research projects.  Research experience is valued as highly as didactic course work, and course schedules are designed to allow independent research work. The summer semester between the first and second year can be devoted to an internship in government or industry, reflecting students’ career interests.  The internship can be dedicated to the development of an MS study proposal based on a research question proposed by the internship mentor (e.g., staff member at FDA or a mentor in the pharmaceutical or health service industry), and jointly supervised by UF faculty.

Successful graduation requires a minimum of 36 hours didactic course work and a manuscript summarizing the MS thesis accepted by UF graduate faculty and submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal.  A summary of milestones and accomplishment throughout the program can be found here.