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Pharmacology Research buttonThe Department of Pharmacology graduate program offers courses leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy. Emphasis is placed upon training in research methods including the examination of the action of drugs at the systemic, cellular and subcellular levels, quantitation of responses, statistical analysis, literature search and critical interpretation of data. Special efforts have been made to provide considerable flexibility in determining the student's program based on background, interests and projected aims.

A Ph.D. degree in pharmacology is good preparation for career opportunities involving research, teaching and administration. Academic positions are found in schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary medicine. Also, since pharmacology spans many disciplines, academic positions can be found in departments of biology, cell biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pathology, immunology, microbiology and molecular biology. Career opportunities also abound in the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries as well as in numerous private and government research institutes. There is and will continue to be a high demand for individuals trained in pharmacology to address problems that lie at the forefront of fields relating to basic and applied biological science. Such careers offer intellectual stimulation and creative expression, and will be of practical importance to the future needs of our society.

Further information on admissions and degree requirements, course offerings and research interests are available upon request from the Graduate Program Director.

Specific Program Requirements

Students may enter the Ph.D. program in one of three ways: (1) via our Integrated Ph.D. Program (IPP), which does not require a declaration of a major until the second year of study, (2) with advanced standing following the completion of one of the Graduate School’s Master’s programs, or (3) highly motivated and talented students from NYMC’s School of Medicine may be admitted to the dual-degree M.D./Ph.D. program.

For all entry tracks (see below), a minimum grade of B– must be earned in each pharmacology course in order for it to be applied to the degree requirements. Elective credits must be in advanced didactic courses in pharmacology (catalog numbers between 2000 and 7999) or in other disciplines if approved by the program director. Journal Club (PHRM 8010) and Laboratory Demonstrations (PHRM 8300) must be taken each semester and each year, respectively, that the student is in residence in pharmacology, except for the year before graduation. Students who have chosen a dissertation sponsor, but who have not yet achieved candidacy, should enroll in Research Techniques in Pharmacology (PHRM 9200) each semester. After the student achieves candidacy, enrollment in Doctoral Dissertation Research (PHRM 9900) is required each semester that the student remains in residence. View the course descriptions here

Entry through the Integrated Ph.D. Program or with Advanced Standing

The course requirements for students entering through the Integrated Ph.D. program or with Advanced Standing are the same. Advanced Standing students will add to the courses taken as an NYMC Master's student to complete their Ph.D. degree requirements, but are not required to participate in research rotations.

Entry as an M.D./Ph.D. 

The M.D./Ph.D. program overview can be found in the M.D./Ph.D. section of our website.

Contact Us

Program Director:
Sachin Gupte, M.D., Ph.D.
Basic Sciences Building, Room 546
(914) 594-4137

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