Pharmacology and Toxicology both require an understanding of basic properties and actions of chemicals and the biological systems they affect. Pharmacology though, focuses more on the therapeutic actions of chemicals (particularly drugs) in the health sciences, the use of drugs as therapeutic agents in medicine or as tools in scientific research, and the development and regulation of pharmaceuticals. Pharmacologists perform many different duties including research and teaching in academic, nonprofit and industrial settings, and in consulting and public service.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacology degree program prepares students for careers as independent scientists in academia, industry, or government through a broad-based curriculum and development of strong research design and communication skills. The Ph.D. didactic curriculum consists of a core of required discipline-based coursework, but is significantly individualized through advanced electives, seminars, extensive mentored research experiences, and consultation with the student’s selected advisory committee.
The application process is an online process. Application to this graduate program is facilitated through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS). Detailed instructions on how to apply and the application deadlines are posted on the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences website http://www.kumc.edu/igpbs/how-to-apply.html.
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution documented by submission of official transcript indicating the degree has been conferred before entering the program. Official transcripts from institutions attended post-baccalaureate are also required.
Students with degrees from outside the U.S. may be subject to transcript evaluation indicating the degree is equivalent to a U.S. degree and meets the minimum cumulative GPA requirements.
- A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the bachelor’s degree.
- Applicants who are not native speakers of English, whether domestic or international, must demonstrate they meet the Minimum English Proficiency Requirement.
- A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.
- An official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score sent from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to University of Kansas Medical Center - ETS institutional code 6895.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Prerequisite coursework:
- One year of general chemistry
- One year of organic chemistry or one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of biochemistry
- One year of biological sciences
- One semester of calculus
- One semester of physics
- Research experience (beyond labs associated with lecture courses) is strongly suggested.
- Interview - the most qualified applicants will receive an invitation for an interview.
Applicants will be assessed based on a combination of GPA, research experience, interview and GRE scores. Students not meeting the above requirements may be eligible for provisional admission. After an applicant has been admitted, a program may defer an applicant's admission for one year after which time the applicant must submit a new application.
Admission requirements are subject to change. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program. Other years’ catalogs».
The program consists of coursework, research experience, and the successful completion of a doctoral dissertation. Dissertation research culminates in a final dissertation examination consisting of an oral presentation by the candidate and an examination by the faculty. Relevant prior graduate work is taken into consideration in setting up individual programs of study leading to the Ph.D.
- Degree requirements are normally completed within 6 years of admission to the program although a maximum of 8 years is allowed.
- Cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 for all KU graduate coursework.
- Successful completion of the University’s Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship requirement prior to the semester the Oral Comprehensive Examination is scheduled.
- Successful completion of GSMC 857 Biographics, GSMC 852 Introduction to Biomedical Research I and GSMC 855 Introduction to Biomedical Research II (or equivalent) meets the Research Skills requirement.
- Successful completion of GSMC 856 Introduction to Research Ethics (or equivalent) meets the Responsible Scholarship requirement.
- Successful completion of the Residence Requirement prior to the semester the Oral Comprehensive Examination is scheduled. The requirement is met by enrollment in full-time status a minimum of two semesters.
- Successful completion of the Oral Comprehensive Examination. Students are recognized as formal doctoral candidates after they have passed the comprehensive examination.
- Successful completion of the Post-Comprehensive Enrollment requirement.
- Enrollment in a minimum of one (1) credit hour of PHCL 999 Dissertation in Pharmacology the semester the student will defend dissertation and graduate.
- Successful completion of the Final Oral Examination (dissertation defense.)
- Successful Dissertation Submission and Publication (according to Office of Graduate Studies policy.)
- Successful completion of the following Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Science (IGPBS) courses (or their equivalent):
GSMC 850 Proteins and Metabolism 2 GSMC 851 Molecular Genetics 2 GSMC 852 Introduction to Biomedical Research I 2 GSMC 853 Cellular Structure 2 GSMC 854 Cell Communication 2 GSMC 855 Introduction to Biomedical Research II 2 GSMC 856 Introduction to Research Ethics 1 GSMC 857 Biographics 1 GSMC 858 Introduction to Faculty Research 1 GSMC 859 Research Rotations 1-4
- Successful completion of the following Pharmacology courses:
PHCL 880 Essentials of Pharmacology 4 PHCL 890 Research in Pharmacology 1-10 PHCL 898 Principles of Pharmacology 1 PTOX 917 Disposition of Xenobiotics 2 PTOX 918 Toxicology 4 PHCL 990 Research for Dissertation in Pharmacology 1-10 PHCL 999 Dissertation in Pharmacology 1-10
- Successful completion of a minimum of two elective courses that are at least two (2) credit hours each in consultation with the student's advisor and dissertation committee. Additional elective coursework may be taken as determined in consultation with the student's advisor.
Students enrolled in the MD-PhD Physician Scientist Training Program should review the Degree Requirements section of this catalog for that program.
Degree requirements and course descriptions are subject to change. Any courses taken as an equivalent must be approved by the Graduate Director and the Office of Graduate Studies. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program. Other years’ catalogs».
Typical Plan of Study
|GSMC 850||2||GSMC 853||2||GSMC 859||1-4|
|GSMC 851||2||GSMC 854||2||May take an elective course from the student's chosen degree program in consultation with the student's advisor.||1-3|
|GSMC 852||2||GSMC 855||2|
|GSMC 856||1||GSMC 859||1-4|
|Total Hours: 19-30|
|PHCL 880||4||PHCL 890||1-6||PHCL 890||1-3|
|PHCL 890||1-6||PHCL 898||1|
|PTOX 917||2||PTOX 918||4|
|PHCL 890||1-6||PHCL 890||1-6||PHCL 990||1-3|
|Oral Comprehensive Exam scheduled as early as this semester if approved by committee to proceed.|
|PHCL 990||1-6||PHCL 990||1-6||PHCL 990||1-3|
|PHCL 999||1-6||PHCL 999||1-6||PTOX 999||1-3|
|Final Oral Exam (dissertation defense) scheduled semester approved by committee to defend and graduate.|
|Total Hours: 25-83|