University of Minnesota

Medical School



Stem Cell Institute

6-125 Jackson Hall, 321 Church Street SE

Twin Cities, MN 55455

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

One of the best funded departments in the Medical School, the Department of Pharmacology has approximately 40 faculty members and 50 graduate students. By recruiting many younger faculty with "3rd millennium" strategies in Pharmacology, the Department is aiming toward the future. The basic goal of our graduate program is to create an environment in which our students have quality support facilities, intellectual guidance, and the freedom to fully develop their potential. Faculty members are committed to ensuring that our program is intensive, intellectually stimulating, and personally rewarding. They address how drugs exert their effects on living systems at all levels of biological organization, from molecules to entire organisms. Students have the opportunity to participate in fascinating research problems in modern pharmacology and drug therapy using state-of-the-art technologies. Specific areas of inquiry include: cell signaling & gene expression, molecular & cell biology of drug addition, neurodegeneration, cardiovascular disease, and DNA damage and cancer biology. We believe these experiences are the ingredients for fully preparing our students as future independent scientists. All Ph.D. students receive a generous research stipend, plus full tuition waiver and health benefits. Merit awards are given to premier applicants.


University of Minnesota has been accredited since 1913.

International Student Requirements:

Scores from the Graduate Record Exam are mandatory. As a general requirement of the Graduate School, international student applicants whose native language is not English are also required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The IBP Graduate Program does not use an automatic reject threshold for applicants below a set GRE score. We use the GRE scores and the GPA to help identify potential strengths and weaknesses so that if the applicant is accepted, we can tailor an academic program that best fits the student’s needs. Three letters of recommendation are mandatory.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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