We are accepting applications to our doctoral program, via the new BioMolecular Sciences Gateway. MSU has organized six of the biological sciences graduate units under one umbrella, designated as the BioMolecular Science (BMS) Gateway.

Admissions and the first year of graduate studies are administered through the BMS. Students admitted through the BMS earn their degrees in one of the participating units. Prospective students with an interest in pursuing a PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology are may learn more about the BMS here.

Complete application instructions can be found here.

Email us for additional information.

Have you ever wondered how medicines are discovered? Do you want to study how your body works from the molecular events to communication among organ systems? Would you like to do medical research and contribute to our understanding of some of the most prevalent and devastating diseases known to man?

Then a career in PHARMACOLOGY and TOXICOLOGY is right for you!

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Michigan State University (MSU) offers a graduate program leading to a Ph.D.  This program combines integrative research, active learning and intellectual enrichment to prepare students for advancement and leadership in their chosen fields.

From molecular and cell biology to organ systems and integrative pharmacology and toxicology, our program encompasses multiple areas of study, empowering students to create knowledge and chart their own unique path to success in the biomedical sciences.

The program consists of courses that present the basic principles of  medical biology, pharmacology and toxicology, and hands-on training in research and scientific methods. It is important to us that our students reach their individual potential while pursuing cutting edge research.

The doctoral program provides:

  • An individualized program that is nurturing, intellectually challenging and personally rewarding
  • An enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and diverse faculty who have made significant contributions in their fields of expertise
  • Modern, state-of-the-art facilities that support a breadth of research interests and valuable hands-on experience

The faculty of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology are actively engaged in a wide variety of research fields including; cardiovascular pharmacology, neuroscience, neurotoxicology and immunotoxicology.  A complete listing of our faculty research interests is available online.

Most students who enter our program complete their Ph.D. degrees within 5 years.  Graduates of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology have found successful careers as leaders in academia, government, and industry.

Since the program began in 1966, over 150 alumni have accepted positions at universities and medical colleges, major pharmaceutical firms, and federal research units.

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Ph.D. program is supported by the Graduate School at MSU which offers a unique set of programs that focus on your career and professional development. There is a Ph.D. Career Services office plus a set of workshops and certificate programs that help prepare you for a successful career.  In addition, MSU is currently funded by the National Science Foundation to develop a mentoring program that ties your research development to your career and professional development.  We care about your success!

Please feel free to email me if you have questions about our program.
Anne Dorrance
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Michigan State University

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