Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus

Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Students pursuing a Ph.D. in Pharmacology will enroll in the Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences (IPBS). In the IPBS, a common first-year curriculum provides you with a broad base of graduate-level biomedical sciences course work. The first-year curriculum also exposes you to some specialized topics and to the research interests of the graduate faculty from among whom you may select a dissertation advisor at the end of the first year of the program. You will then select Pharmacology as a specialized track to pursue the relevant advanced course work and training that most appropriately aligns with your research interests and career goals. 

The Ph.D. track in Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics is dedicated to training outstanding scientists in the pharmacological sciences. After successful completion of your formal course work you will have acquired in-depth knowledge of pharmacology and basic knowledge of molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry and physiology. After completion of your research project, you will have acquired expertise in your dissertation research area, including the ability to critically evaluate the related scientific literature, mastery of a variety of laboratory procedures, skills in planning and executing an important research project in Pharmacology, and the ability to communicate results in oral and written formats. Our training will provide you with a solid foundation for successful scientific careers in a wide range of areas, including academia, government, and the pharmaceutical industry.


The first year of the Ph.D. Program is designed to broaden your understanding of biomedical sciences. As part of the Core Curriculum in Biomedical Sciences, you will attend graduate level courses in Molecular Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Ethics in Biomedical Sciences , and Methods in Biomedical Sciences in the Fall semester. Systems Biology, Statistical Methods for the Biomedical Sciences, and Presentation Skills courses are taken in the Spring semester, along with Principles of Pharmacology and research rotations.

Formal coursework, including elective courses and advanced Pharmacology course work, is normally completed by the end of the second year, after which you will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding through successful completion of a Qualifying examination.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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