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PhD Program

Current PhD students in Pharmacology

College of Graduate Studies PhD Handbook

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Ph.D. Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of the College of Graduate Studies First-Year Common Curriculum.  
  • Completion of laboratory rotations during the first year and selection of a major advisor and department/program of study.
  • Successful completion of a total of 12 credit hours of course work beyond the First-Year Common Curriculum. Students should enroll in PCOL 744, Pharmacology Journal Club. Courses are updated yearly.
  • Statistics requirement: The College of Graduate Studies requires that students demonstrate a predetermined level of statistical competence. This may be achieved by completing MCR 700 in the second or subsequent years of graduate study, or by providing transcript evidence of satisfactory completion of previously-taken statistical course(s) that fulfill the College requirement. (MCR 700 counts towards the 12 credit hour requirement as indicated above)
  • Students are required to maintain a 3.0 or better GPA.
  • Attendance at all Cell and Molecular Pharmacology student and postdoctoral seminars. The department holds an informal student and postdoc run research in progress group. All trainees are required to present a seminar in this series at least once per year. 
  • Attendance at Cell and Molecular Pharmacology hosted MCBP seminars during the academic year (Thursdays at noon).
  • Successful completion of the Qualifying Examination at the end of 2nd year.
  • Successful completion of the Proposal to Candidacy requirement by the end of the 3rd year.
  • Publication as first author of at least one original research article in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • 15 credit hours of laboratory research in each semester in the  year and beyond (PCOL 970).
  • Successful completion of dissertation proposal and its defense (PCOL 980).

To Apply (Admissions are handled centrally by the Office of Enrollment): 

Online Application

Please select “Pharmacology” if you are interested in our Program of Study.

For all inquiries about the Cell and Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics PhD program, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Yeh, Director of the Pharmacology Graduate Training Program, at or 843-876-2301.


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