Husson University's pharmacology program of study will lead to a Master’s of Science degree that will provide laboratory bench skills as well as in-depth knowledge of the biomedical discipline of pharmacology and toxicology. A unique aspect of the program will be inclusion of content on industry regulatory issues that is not widely available in other Master’s degree programs in the biomedical sciences. This regulatory background is an important skill for future employers, both within the pharmaceutical industry, and at sites where industry-sponsored clinical trials are performed.
Along with the potential career options, this degree could also serve as an entrée into a Ph.D. program, such as the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences & Engineering graduate program at the University of Maine. The Master’s in pharmacology program requires a laboratory-based, research thesis and potential publication of the work in peer-reviewed journals. This requirement to perform a research thesis will enable students to acquire skills that are of interest to employers of M.S.-trained laboratory staff.
Employment opportunities for students with M.S. degrees in pharmacology are considered good to excellent. Although not listed as a separate job classification, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 36% increase in jobs within the job class from 2010 to 2020, with an aggregate average salary of $88,000. Most employment studies by professional organizations, e.g. ASPET, list an unemployment rate of <4% for individuals with a pharmacology degree. Additionally, the Georgetown University Center of Education and the Workforce reported that in 2010 there was 0% unemployment for pharmacologists. The opportunities for employment in Maine are more modest, but there is an increasing job market with the expansion of such employers as Idexx, JAX and Maine Biotechnology.
In addition to providing students with new career options, the program serves to enhance the intellectual environment of the department for all students. With the introduction of a semester-long seminar program and research activities, the program will significantly enhance the interaction of students with external experts in the biomedical and clinical arenas.