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Program Synopsis

Program of Study

Translational Neuroscience and Pharmacology offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degree in pharmacology. Graduate study may be pursued in several areas, including autonomic, cardiovascular, biochemical, molecular pharmacology, neuropharmacology, and psychopharmacology.

The M.S. degree in Pharmacology is a two-year program. The first year consists primarily of coursework (first year curriculum) as well as lab rotations. The second year consists almost entirely of research culminating in a master's dissertation and oral defense.

A minimum of three years of graduate study beyond the bachelor's degree is required for the Ph.D. degree; completion of the requirements generally takes four to five years. During the period of study the student does the required course work, takes a qualifying examination, and completes a Ph.D. dissertation based on his or her original research.

The faculty of the program seeks to foster a creative and productive research atmosphere and to equip students with the intellectual tools they will need to be good investigators and teachers. Graduates can expect to enter careers in academic institutions, industry, or government agencies.

Opportunities are also available for postdoctoral training in the research areas listed above.

Research Facilities

Students enrolled in the graduate program in pharmacology and neuroscience pursue their research interests under the supervision of a faculty member in modern laboratories located in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Building, which opened in August 1976. The Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience occupies research and office space in this building which was completed in the spring of 1995. The laboratories house state-of-the art equipment essential for advanced research, such as several electrophysiological in vivo and patch-clamp systems, various behavioral assessment systems, optogenetic tools, cell culture systems, core spectrophotometers, liquid scintillation counters, gamma counter, ultracentrifuges, electrophoresis systems, high performance liquid chromatographs, microiontophoresis systems, and histology equipment.

Student Outcome Data

Upon graduating, our students have secured positions with the following organizations:

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Camargo Pharmaceutical Sciences
Genzyme Corporation
Harvard Medical School Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
NIH Institute for Aging
TTUHSC Department of Anesthesiology
TTUHSC Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics
University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Wake Forest University

Financial Aid

Graduate students (Ph.D.) are eligible for financial support in the form of research assistantships at levels consistent with the policy of the Health Sciences Center ($25,000 per year as of September 1, 2012). For M.S. students financial support is not contingent upon acceptance into the program. Health insurance is also provided to research assistants by the school.

Cost of Study

Tuition rate for the 2015-2016 academic year can be found on the Tuition and Fee Estimates page under "Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences".  Students receiving an assistantship are charged the resident tuition.  Please proceed to the Student Business Services for additional information).

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Lubbock is moderate. There are a number of apartments near the campus with moderate rent.

Student Group

The enrollment in the graduate programs of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2012 was approximately 110. The Pharmacology and Neuroscience graduate program currently has 10 students.

The Area

Lubbock, the home of Texas Tech University, is a city of approximately 225,000, situated on the South Plains of West Texas at an altitude of 3,250 feet. A clean, tidy city, Lubbock has a diverse economy that includes agriculture, manufacturing, and education. The climate is dry, with abundant sunshine and short winters.

The University

The Texas Tech University campus, a contiguous tract of 1839 acres, lies at the western edge of the business section of the city. More than 28,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, and Home Economics, Schools of Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Allied Health, and Graduate School. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is a regional center for the west Texas area. The Health Sciences Centers at Lubbock, Amarillo, El Paso, and Odessa serve an area of 126,000 square miles in 106 counties with a total population of 25 million.


Translational Neruoscience and Pharmacology considers applications from all interested students who have or expect to receive a bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline. Application may be made at any time during the year. Acceptance is based on undergraduate achievement (GPA, GRE score) and, when possible, a personal interview. Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable processing fee of $45.00. Applications not accompanied by an International Money Order in the amount of $45 (U.S.) or, in the case of applicants living in the United States, a Postal Money Order payable to Texas Tech University will not be considered.  To apply for admission online, please visit the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences web page.