The Pharmaceutical Sciences Department currently houses two graduate programs: the Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology (MCP) program and the Pharmacological Sciences PhD program.
The MCP program is an interdepartmental gateway program leading to a PhD degree in Pharmacological Sciences, Chemistry, or Molecular Biology & Biochemistry.
Upon successful completion of the MCP program, students select a research advisor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, or Pharmacology, and transition into that department to complete the remaining degree requirements. Students receive their PhD from the department of their chosen advisor.
The MCP program offers a unique curriculum providing students with state-of-the-art practical and theoretical training in their specific field of interest while at the same time emphasizing an integrated, interdisciplinary approach.
The Pharmacological Sciences PhD program is a new interdepartmental doctoral program with the Department of Pharmacology. This program provides a unique opportunity for students interested in any scientific discipline represented by the Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty to have a year of broad, interdisciplinary training followed by focused doctoral research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences research group of their choice. Students apply to and complete their first year of graduate study in the MCP program. At the end of this first year of interdisciplinary training, they transition from MCP into a research group to begin their more focused doctoral research under the guidance of a Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty member and earn a PhD in Pharmacological Sciences.