Community or Public Service:

“Public service is central to the mission of Tulane. It is part of what defines and distinguishes us as a university community. Without public service, a Tulane education would be incomplete.”
— Scott S. Cowen,
President, Tulane University

Tulane became the first national research institution to integrate public service into its core curriculum for undergraduates in 2006. Now, the entire university community, including the schools of Architecture, Business, Law, Liberal Arts, Medicine, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Science and Engineering and Social Work – is committed to public service.

Public service is of particular importance to those entering our one year masters program, because providing a track record of significant public or community service has become a prerequisite for admission to most US medical schools. Students are expected to move beyond the scope of academics and work in a community to improve the health of a population. This is "what medicine is all about". 

As a result, a core requirement of our Masters program in Pharmacology is that students provide public or community service averaging at least 1 hour per week, or 15 hours per semester. During the 2016-17 academic year, students in our pharmacology Master's program performed over 2110 hours of public service in the New Orleans area (with an average of 68 hours per student for the academic year). 

Tulane has a Center for Public Service that helps connect students with numerous community partners & outreach programs that are active in the New Orleans area. As a part of the pharmacology curriculum, students are required to document their service activities in short essays, posted photos or video clips, and reflect upon the learning garnered from such activities in an online blog or wiki page. In addition, students are also expected to reflect on what they have learned from their academic and classroom activities.

Tulane is setting the standard for public service for the next generation of universities. When you receive a Tulane education, you will get a little something extra from community service activities that most other institutions don't offer. Our students get a unique educational experience that can be found Only in New Orleans. Only at Tulane.


One Year Masters Program in Pharmacology

  • A one year post-baccalaureate program leading to the MS degree in Pharmacology
  • Designed for those interested in improving their credentials to gain admission to a medical or dental school
  • Class size is maintained at less than 35 to create a more personal connection between students & faculty
  • Students in our MS program take the School of Medicine's Medical Pharmacology course along with 2nd year medical students
  • All other graduate courses are also taught within the School of Medicine by full time Medical School faculty
  • Successful performance will significantly improve ones credentials for applying to medical  or dental school


  • To train students in the principles underlying the discipline of pharmacology
  • To learn the approach, rationale, and methods required to design and conduct research in pharmacology

Applying to the MS Program


The masters class has consistently performed as well or better than the medical class in our 2nd year School of Medicine's course in Medical Pharmacology, with an average class mean of 88.5±0.5% for the masters students compared to 85.8±0.6% for the medical students between 2001 & 2011 (n=11, P<0.001).  

Students who have retaken the pre-2015 MCAT exam after completing our curriculum improved their composite score by an average of 3.5 (SD:1.8, n=64). 

The average graduate GPA upon completion of our program over the past 5 years was 3.8 (SD:0.06).

Two thirds of the students who graduated from our program have achieved their goal of gaining admission into US Medical or Dental Schools or Doctoral programs. These schools include:

  • Albany Medical College
  • Kansas City University
  • Louisiana State University, New Orleans
  • Louisiana State University, Shreveport
  • Loyola School of Medicine, Chicago
  • Medical College of Georgia
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • SUNY Upstate School of Medicine
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Touro University Osteopathic School of Medicine
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Uniformed Services Univ of the Health Sciences
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • University of Medicine & Dentistry, New Jersey
  • University of Miami
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Mississippi, Jackson
  • University of Missouri College of Osteopathy
  • University of Nevada
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern Illinois
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas, Houston
  • University of Texas, San Antonio
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Wake Forest University


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