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Pharmaceutical Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy

60 Credits
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Queens Campus


The program in pharmaceutical sciences leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree prepares graduates for leadership roles in meeting the evolving needs in pharmaceutical and biomedical education, research and industry. The Doctor of Philosophy degree program is offered with areas of specialization in:

  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Graduates of the program become important resources in the preparation of faculty to teach in both graduate and undergraduate pharmacy and allied health programs and contribute to the development of biomedical research. Students are trained to respond to rapidly changing needs in pharmaceutical dosage design, drug production and drug analytical methods. Students learn fundamental skills in basic and applied research in toxicology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and industrial.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty.


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:
    a) An undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better
    b) Suitable Graduate Record Examination (General Exam) scores
    c) Two letters of recommendation
  • Basic minimum requirements for a student with a suitable master’s degree include:
    a) A graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better
    b) Suitable Graduate Record Examination (General Exam) scores
    c) 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. Post M.S. courses completed prior to acceptance in the Ph.D. program may not be applied toward the Ph.D. degree requirements. 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. Students must take PAS 265 Scientific Inquiry: Regulation and Ethical Challenges on a Pass/Fail basis.

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
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