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Pharmaceutical Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy

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.

Please see a list of our Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty.

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

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.