Pharmacology (PhD)


Explore the field of pharmacotherapeutic applications.

The pharmacology PhD enables students to specialize in the study of the actions of drugs and their effects in living systems.

In addition to developing a sound knowledge base through coursework and seminars, the program is designed to strengthen students’ ability to understand and critically evaluate current pharmacology literature, informing the students’ independent laboratory research that advances our understanding of drugs, their actions, and their pharmacotherapeutic applications.

Advanced entry into the PhD in Pharmacology is also available and requires a master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences or a related area. It focuses on various advanced research courses and successful defense of the dissertation. An applicant’s transcripts are required for review by the admissions committee to ensure they are eligible to be in the advanced entry program. 

Recent graduates with a PhD in pharmacology have found employment in academic or industrial research positions.

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Degree type:
– Pharmacology (PhD)

Study options:
– On-ground (Boston Campus)

– Fall semester admissions only
– Full-time

Application deadlines:
Dec 6

GRE: Required

F1 Eligible: Yes

Please Note: PhD students in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences may not request enrollment deferrals. If you are admitted for a given term but wish to be considered for a future term instead, you must re-apply to the program in order to be considered for admission and funding. 

Pharmachology (PhD)

Sample Curriculum

Please note that the curriculum is subject to change. For a complete overview of the curriculum, please refer to the university’s academic catalog.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have at least two semesters of undergraduate courses (or their equivalent) in each of the following:

Please send all required documents directly to the PharmGrad Application portal.
Here is additional information on how to submit documents.​

Admissions Checklist

A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in biology, chemistry, medical technology, pharmacy, chemical engineering or a related field.

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional)

Personal statement of goals and expectations.
Please see application for details.


TOEFL (International Students)

GRE scores are required

Official transcript from baccalaureate program and all college coursework. Applicants who have degree coursework from institutions outside of the United States must submit a credential evaluation. We require the iCAP WES package (World Education Services, Inc.) that evaluates your transcripts course by course.

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