What will I learn?

The Ph.D. program in pharmacology at the University of Iowa is recognized both nationally and internationally. Many graduates of the program have gone on to become leaders in the field of pharmacology. The emphasis of the Ph.D. program is on laboratory research as well as development of critical analysis and communication skills. Students also gain knowledge of the field through course work in molecular and cell biology, human physiology and pharmacological sciences during the first two years of the program. Over the past five years, the time required to complete the Ph.D. degree has averaged 5.4 years.

The Department of Pharmacology provides professional training for health science students and participates with other departments in educational and research activities such as the Medical Scientist Training Program, the Physician Scientist Training Pathway, the Molecular Medicine Program, the Neuroscience Program, the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center, and the UI Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center.

The department was a pioneer in offering pharmacology to undergraduate students with little or no science background. Currently, undergraduates can enroll in PCOL:2120 Drugs: Their Nature, Action, and Use. This course emphasizes the mechanisms of drug action and give students a background for rational decisions concerning use of drugs.

Department of Pharmacology graduate study includes both didactic and research experience. Students interested in doctoral studies in pharmacology should apply under the umbrella program in Biomedical Science (pharmacology subprogram). Qualified students may pursue the combined M.D./Ph.D. in the University's Medical Scientist Training Program.

Pre- and postdoctoral students pursue research training in all areas of pharmacology in the department in preparation for career opportunities in academia, government, and industry.

Which department am I in?

Carver College of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (5.4 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,549.50 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

Carver College of Medicine

451 Newton Road,

200 Medicine Administration Building,

IOWA CITY,

Iowa,

52242, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country; A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS score of 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.0; PTE minimum score of 68 with no subscore less than 58; TOEFL scores below 100; a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based (PBT) version of the test, or a score of 81 or higher on the Internet-based version of the test (iBT).

For international students

Minimum requirements include:

  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.

English Language Requirements:

An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) total score of 7.0, with no sub score less than 6.0.

TOEFL score requirements with score of 81 or higher on the Internet-based version of the test (iBT) and newly admitted graduate students who present iBT scores below 100 on the PBT.

TOEFL score requirements with score of 550 on Paper-based test (PBT) and newly admitted graduate students who present TOEFL scores below 600 on the PBT.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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