Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology

Location: Boston, Worcester

As a pharmacologist, you have the unique opportunity to contribute to the knowledge, wellbeing and survival of mankind. This program builds on your previous education in pharmacy, chemistry, biology, or related field, to prepare you to perform research in exploring how drugs interact with biological systems.

During this doctoral program, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts to learn how to fully research the pharmacological actions of synthetic and naturally occurring drugs, leading to improved drug design. Theoretical and experiential situations help you develop an innovative and creative approach to problem solving, so you’ll be ready to advance your career with your terminal degree. 
 

For admission to the PhD program, an applicant must have:

  • Masters degree in Physiology, Chemistry, Biology or related field
  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Scores in the 70th percentile or above in each section of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination/General Test)

Recommended Courses:

  • General Biology with lab
  • General Chemistry with lab
  • Organic Chemistry with lab
  • Physiology
  • Calculus
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology

Year I-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

MAT 763

Advanced Statistics

3

PSB 710

Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences

3

PSB XXX

Advanced Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

3

PSB 818

Laboratory Rotations

0

PSB 819

Graduate Seminar

0

TOTAL

 

9

Year I-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

PSB XXX

Advanced Pharmacology: G-protein Receptors

3

PSB XXX

Advanced Pharmacology: Neuropharmacology

3

PSB 818

Laboratory Rotations

1

PSB 819

Graduate Seminar

1

PSB 855

Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

1

TOTAL

 

9

Year II-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

PSB 8XX

Advanced Pharmacology: Cancer & Immunopharmacology

3

PSB 819

Graduate Seminar

0

PSB 880

Research

1


Elective

3

TOTAL

 

7

 

Year II-Spring

 

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

PSB 815

Drug Metabolism

3

PSB 819

Graduate Seminar

1

PSB 880

Research

1

TOTAL

 

5


Year III

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
PSB XXX Pharmacodynamics 3
PSB 819 Graduate Seminar 2
PSB 846 Advanced Toxicology 2
PSB 880 Research 4

Minor* 9
TOTAL
20

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 50 s.h.

*Minors: Biochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, or Pharmaceutics.

Elective Courses

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
BIO 734 Immunology 3
CHE717 Instrumental Analysis (w/ lab) 4
CHE731 Advanced Organic Chemistry 4
PSB 740 Cardiovascular Physiology 3
PSB XXX Experimental Methods -
PSB 802 Chemistry of Macromolecules 3
PSB 835 Advanced Pharmacokinetics 3
PSB 837 Vascular Physiology & Pharmacology 2
PSB 850 Pharmacogenomics 3
PSB 856 Selected Topics in the Neurosciences 1
PSB 860 Chromatography 2
PSB 861L Chromatography Laboratory 1
PSB 872 Special Problems (PhD program only) 1 - 2

*Additional electives may be selected from other appropriate graduate courses with the approval of the major advisor & the course instructor.