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Medical Pharmacology (PHD) 
Program Description

Pharmacology is the science concerned with all aspects of the action of drugs and other chemicals on living systems. Its primary aim is the discovery of chemical mechanisms, by which cellular and molecular functions are regulated for the purpose of understanding how existing drugs act and to develop new drugs for treatment and diagnosis of diseases. The broad scope of interests of pharmacology ranges from the study of intermolecular reactions of chemical constituents of cells with drugs to effects of chemicals in our environment on entire populations.

The overall goal of the program is to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge base and training in scientific investigation. In addition to courses in pharmacology, the student may add courses in a variety of disciplines such as cancer biology, cell biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, physiology, immunology, medicinal chemistry, law and business.

Each student will have the opportunity in their first year to obtain first-hand research experience in at least three laboratories of their choosing. This exposure will form the basis upon which the student will choose a mentor and an area of research for the their thesis research project.

Professional pharmacologists tend toward careers in basic reearch and teaching in academia, research in pharmaceutical or biotech companies, research institues or government agencies.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Pharmacology -

College of Medicine, Tucson  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Victoria Healey
Graduate Program Coordinator
Victoria Healey
Director of Graduate Studies
John M Streicher
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

UA official on-line application submission for Medical Pharmacology
Official Transcripts (original sent to the Pharmacology Department)
Personal Statement (on-line submission)
GRE Scores - GRE is required, but no minimum requirement(submit copy to Pharmacology Department)
TOEFL Scores (International students only)
Three (3) letters of recommendation (on-line submission from recommenders)

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE
Required GRE Subject tests:
Recommended tests:
Recommended GRE Subject tests:
Minimum GRE Verbal:
Minimum GRE Quantitative:
Minumum GRE Written:
Minimum GMAT:
Minimum MAT:
Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

Students entering the Master's program receive comparable financial support, depending upon the availability of funds.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: Department code: 0216; University code: 4832
NRC Taxon(a) for this program: Pharmacology, Toxicology and Environmental Health

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 12
Core coursework: Please refer to our website:
Language requirements: English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper based (PB), 79 internet based (iBT), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6). Individual departments may require a higher score and may have minimum score requirements by test module that must be met to qualify for admission.

Applicants may request, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send an official TOEFL score report directly to The University of Arizona. Contact TOEFL Services to request the mailing of your score report. The University of Arizona institution code is 4832.
Other requirements:

Minor Requirements

Minor Subject (9 units required) The minor subject must be approved by the Director of the Graduate Program in Medical Pharmacology. 

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Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 14%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 4.75
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 57%
Enrollment Percent Female 43%
Enrollment Percent International 26%
Enrollment Percent URM 26%

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Last revised 14 Aug 2017