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Admission to the PhD Program in the Department of Pharmacology is through the broader Biosciences Program of the University. Following initial enrollment and participation in the University's Biosciences Program for the first 8 months of graduate work, students then matriculate into the Department of Pharmacology.
Entering the program in this manner allows students to enjoy the flexibility of investigating several disciplines - by performing research rotations in any three of the Biosciences Program-affiliated laboratories in the fourteen programs under the Biosciences umbrella.
During this first year, all students are required to participate in:
Students are assigned an advisor to assist in the selection of courses and research rotations. The curriculum for each student is tailored to fit the student's individual interests.
In April of the first academic year of graduate studies in the Biosciences Program, each student is expected to select a research laboratory and program affiliation, and to begin her/his thesis research project.
For students who wish to join the Department of Pharmacology as a home department, all coursework completed in the Biosciences Program is applied toward the requirements of the Department of Pharmacology.