The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and the dual Pharm.D./Ph.D. degree is granted to students who demonstrate exceptional scholarly activity through achievement in academics and original research in an area of the pharmaceutical sciences. Graduate work brings together a group of scholars actively engaged in research and provides a close association between students and experienced investigators with a wide range of interests.   

The specific goals of this graduate program include:

  • Equipping the graduates with the skills necessary to perform in academia, the pharmaceutical industry or in government
  • Providing the student with a sound pharmaceutical sciences background which will allow him/her to conduct independent, original research. This background will include
    • advanced course work in the pharmaceutical sciences

    • course work in a specific area of the pharmaceutical sciences

    • general course work in areas related to the pharmaceutical sciences and

    • advanced training for the development of technical skills, such as analytical instrumentation, animal experimentation techniques, and experimental design and statistical evaluation.

  • Fostering the development of oral and written communication skills to be used in classroom instruction, in the presentation of research findings to the scientific community and in interdisciplinary collaborative research efforts.


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