The MCP curriculum is a one-year program designed to provide students with a strong background in their discipline of choice, and at the same time provide a broader exposure to fundamentals of each of the other core disciplines. This focused interdisciplinary education will be accomplished by incorporating existing core courses from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and other participating departments, as well as incorporating new courses and seminars designed specifically for the MCP student.
In consultation with their advisors, each MCP student will create a program tailored to his or her own interests. Each individualized program will be designed to fulfill the MCP requirements as well as provide students with the preparation necessary for transition into their home department. Students completing this one-year program will be on track to continue their doctoral studies and research in their department of choice.
The MCP curriculum includes both course work and laboratory rotations. Laboratory rotations are an integral part of the training provided by the MCP program. Students must participate in at least two quarters of laboratory research (one quarter in each of two different departments).
The MCP Gateway program was designed to provide a broad background in the three core disciplines of pharmaceutical sciences: Chemical, Pharmacological, and Biological. To fulfill the requirements of the program, a student must successfully complete one course elective from each of the three categories. Students will consult with the MCP Graduate Advisory Committee to create a plan that is consistent with their own interests and that also fulfills the course requirements of the program.