Pharmaceutical Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy

Pharmaceutical Sciences
60 Credits

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Queens Campus

Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences prepares graduates for leadership roles in the evolving needs of pharmaceutical and biomedical education, research and industry. Graduates of the program are trained to respond to rapidly changing needs in a variety of fields associated with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, academic and government institutions.  Students learn fundamental skills in basic and applied research in toxicology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and industrial pharmacy.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program is offered with areas of specialization in:

  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology

Within the Department there are more than 30 independent research groups lead by faculty with a diverse range of expertise and research interests including pharmaceutical dosage design, drug discovery, synthesis and production, pre-clinical testing, toxicity studies, nanotechnology, pharmacogenomics, gene therapy, molecular modeling, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling. Some therapeutic areas of interest include cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases, and pulmonary disease.  Students are trained in an inter-disciplinary environment that provides depth and breadth of knowledge with the opportunity for collaborative research with individuals with expertise in other fields.

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Admission

An applicant seeking acceptance in the Doctor of Philosophy program must have completed an appropriate baccalaureate or master’s degree program. This degree must be in the natural or physical sciences and may include degrees in the pharmaceutical sciences, toxicology, biology or chemistry. Other degree areas are considered on a case by case basis by the Admissions Committee.

Basic minimum requirements for a student with an undergraduate degree include:

  • An undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better
  • Suitable Graduate Record Examination (General Exam) scores
  • Two letters of recommendation

Basic minimum requirements for a student with a suitable master’s degree include:

  • A graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Suitable Graduate Record Examination (General Exam) scores
  • Two letters of recommendation

Prior to registration, the student must receive written confirmation from the Office of Admission as to the approval of matriculation in the doctoral program.  The admissions committee may require that certain deficiencies be remedied during the first year of the Ph.D. program.

Admission to the doctoral program does not imply advancement to candidacy for the degree. Additional requirements, including satisfactory completion of the core curriculum, passing the qualifying examination, passing the oral presentation of the research proposal and the establishment of the Ph.D. research committee must be fulfilled before a graduate student may be considered a candidate for a degree.

The Ph.D. research committee is responsible for assisting the candidate in his/her research, but the primary responsibility for successfully completing the research and dissertation rests with the candidate. 

Department Contacts

Vijaya L. Korlipara, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair 
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences 
St. Albert Hall Rm 301
(718) 990- 5369
[email protected]

Woon-Kai Low, Ph.D
Graduate Program Director
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. Albert Hall 104C
(718) 990-8288
[email protected]

Sue Ford, Ph.D, DABT
Director, Toxicology Program
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. Albert Hall Rm305 
(718) 990-6220
[email protected]

Graduate Admission Information
Office of Graduate Admission
718-990-1601
[email protected]

Courses

Required

The program of study consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the master’s degree, exclusive of prerequisites and  dissertation research. The acceptance/admissions letter will indicate whether the applicant has been admitted to the 30 or 60 credit Ph.D. program. The course work for each student consists of a core curriculum and a specialization curriculum which is determined in consultation with the faculty mentor. In some cases, students may be required to complete more than the minimum number of credits in their area of specialization or a minor field of study in order to make up anyif deficiencies in background experience and education which mayare deemed to exist. The final list of coursework, research and other requirements grows out of the advisement process between the student and mentor/advisor and, if necessary, with the PHS Dept. Chair.

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum consists of 10 credits. All core requirements must be completed within the first two years of study.  Since courses are generally offered on a two year rotation, required courses must be taken when offered.  The Research Tool course, PAS 265, Scientific Inquiry: Regulation and Ethical Challenges, must be completed by the end of second year.  PAS 265 will not contribute to total minimum credit requirements.

Core Curriculum (all PHS Dept. Doctoral students)

Course code

Course title

Contribution to minimum credit requirements

PHS 256

Pharmaceutical Analysis Lab

3 credits

PAS 252

Biopharmaceutical Statistics

3 credits

PHS 251

Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences

0 credits

PHS 252

Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences

0 credits

PHS 253

Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences

0 credits

PHS 254

Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences

1 credit

 

Distributive Core Curriculum (Industrial Pharmacy specialization)

Course code

Course title

Contribution to minimum credit requirements

IPP 241

Advanced Biopharmaceutics

3 credits

 

Distributive Core Curriculum (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology)

Course code

Course title

Contribution to minimum credit requirements

PHS 212

Applied Biopharmaceutical Chemistry I

3 credits

Electives

Courses offerings for specialization in Industrial Pharmacy

Course offerings for specialization in Medicinal Chemistry

Course offerings for specialization in Pharmacology

Course offerings for specialization in Toxicology            

Students wishing to transfer credits from another University must file a “Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit” within the first year of the program. A description and syllabus of the course taken elsewhere must be submitted to the Graduate Educational Policy Committee and PHS Dept. Chair before approval may be granted.  Transfer credits also require approval of the Assoc. Dean, Graduate Education and Research and can only be awarded for courses that have not been applied towards another degree program.  A maximum of 6 transfer credits can be awarded.

Degree Requirements

Residencycompletion of 12 credits or equivalents within on academic year.
Time Limit on CreditSeven Years
Minimum Credit in Semester HoursStudents admitted to the 60 credit Ph.D. program must complete a minimum of 45 credits of course work beyond the baccalaureate degree and minimum of 15 research credits. Students admitted to the 30 credit program must complete a minimum of 15 credits of course work and a minimum of 15 research credits.
Qualifying/
Comprehensive
Examination
Required
Graduate Record ExaminationRequired
Dissertation
Research
Minimum of 15 credits of
Dissertation Research
(PAS 950, PHS 950)
Academic Standing 
  • Residency requirement within the first two years.
  • All coursework within 3 years for 60 credit Ph.D. students or completion of all coursework within 2 years for 30 credit Ph.D. students.
  • PAS 265, Scientific Inquiry: Regulation and Ethical Challenges completed by the second year.
  • The comprehensive exam by the third year for 60 credit Ph.D. program students or completion of the comprehensive exam by the second year for 30 credit Ph.D. program students.
  • Sufficient research and academic progress is based on but not limited to meeting the above requirements.
One course letter grade below a B places the student on terminal probation and initiates PHS Dept. review of fellowship status by the PHS Dept. Chair.  More than one grade below a B usually results in academic dismissal.  The student may withdraw from the program prior to dismissal.

Thesis and Dissertation Research

All Ph.D. students must complete an original laboratory investigation under the guidance of his/her research mentor.The candidate’s research mentor must be a full-time faculty member of the PHS Dept. who holds a Ph.D or equivalent degree. The results of the research project are reported in the form of a written doctoral thesis that must be presented and defended at an oral examination before the faculty of the College.All laboratory research must be conducted at the University. Doctoral candidates must develop a research proposal and present it orally and in written form to the Ph.D Research Committee within one year of successful completion of comprehensive exam.The proposal must be approved by the Ph.D Research Committee before a student may register for doctoral research (PHS 950 level).

Opportunities

Career and Education Opportunities

Graduates of the program are trained to respond to rapidly changing needs in a variety of fields associated with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, academic and government institutions. 

Unique Features and Qualities

Students are trained in an inter-disciplinary environment that provides depth and breadth of knowledge with the opportunity for collaborative research with individuals with expertise in other fields.  Students are exposed to a multi-disciplinary approach through the widely diverse background of their peers within the student body along with the faculty of the department. Students within the Pharmaceutical Sciences department perform their research alongside students coming from a wide array of educational and cultural backgrounds.  Applicants are considered from a variety of educational backgrounds, not just those with prior experience within the pharmaceutical sciences.