The Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology program allows a student to specialize in the study of the actions of drugs.
In addition to developing a sound knowledge base through course work and seminars, the program is designed to strengthen the student’s ability to comprehend and to evaluate critically the current literature, allowing the conduct of significant independent research. Recent graduates with a PhD in pharmacology have found employment in academic or industrial research positions.
Application requirements and deadlines vary based on the program you’re applying to, and can be viewed on the Bouvé College of Health Sciences website. All graduate applicants will need three letters of recommendation, a personal goal statement, the most recent copy of their resumé, and official transcripts.
Three letters of recommendation
Transcripts from all institutions attended
TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English
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A grade of C- or higher is required in each course.
Complete 13–18 semester hours from the following:
PHSC 5100 - Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science
PHSC 6210 - Drug Design, Evaluation, and Development
PHSC 6214 - Experimental Design and Biostatistics
PHSC 6216 - Human Physiology and Pathophysiology
PHSC 5300 - Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
PHSC 7010 - Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory
PHSC 5310 - Cellular Physiology
PHSC 6212 - Research Skills and Ethics
BIOL 6381 - Ethics in Biological Research
Note: Students complete PHSC 5300 (Pharmaceutical Biochemistry) OR PHSC 7010 (Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory). Students complete PHSC 6212 (Research Skills and Ethics) OR BIOL 6381 (Ethics in Biological Research).
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Northeastern offers a variety of ways for students to gain experience, some examples include:
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
In-Class Case Studies — Professors integrate case studies and exercises into the classroom to bring a real-world perspective and relevance to what they’re teaching.
Research — Students collaborate with faculty in our more than 30 federally funded research centers, tackling some of the most pressing challenges in health, security, and sustainability.
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Assistant Dean, Clinical Professor/ Assistant Dean Academic Affairs – Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences
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Below is a look at where our Pharmaceutical Sciences alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.