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Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

PhD Program in Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology

Program Requirements

Undergraduate students with majors in biological sciences, biochemistry, biophysics, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, life sciences, neuroscience, pharmacology or pharmaceutical sciences leading to BA or BS degrees or students who have completed an MS degree are well qualified for admission to our pharmacology doctoral degree program.

Students with GPA >3.0 and GRE above 70th percentile are encouraged to apply. Women and underrepresented minority students are particularly encouraged to apply. Previous biomedical research experience is beneficial but not required.

Students who have been admitted to the combined MD/PhD degree program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine may join the Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology (MCBP) PhD degree program, typically after completion of the first two years of medical school curriculum.


Special Requirements for International Students

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL). A minimum score of 250 (computer-based) or 100 (iBT) is needed to qualify for admission to this doctoral degree program. 

All entering graduate students whose native language is not English must have an assessment made of their "demonstrated oral proficiency in the use of the English language." Students unable to pass the oral proficiency test administered by the university will be required to complete course work in English as a Second Language prior to re-taking the oral proficiency test.

Students are required to pass the oral English proficiency test before they can be admitted to doctoral candidacy.