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Pharmacology and Toxicology PhD Program

The Pharmacology & Toxicology PhD program at MCW emphasizes research in mechanistic studies of drug actions/signaling molecules and is home to the Drug Discovery Center, which focuses on the translation of new discoveries into therapies that can be used to improve human health. If you are interested in pharmacology and toxicology research, you can seek admission into MCW’s Graduate School by applying through either the Interdisciplinary Program (IDP) or the Neuroscience Doctoral Program (NDP). APPLY NOWINQUIRE
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Message from the Director

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John Auchampach, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Director, Graduate Program in Pharmacology & Toxicology

Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at MCW! Our graduate program focuses on cellular signal transduction processes, the site of action of the majority of drugs used to treat patients today. We offer a flexible program for students interested in basic biological processes, translational science or drug discovery.

jauchamp@mcw.edu
(414) 955-5643

Pharmacology and Toxicology

About the Program

About the Program

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology doctoral program provides diverse research opportunities in the areas of cardiovascular, cancer, and neuro  sciences. An emphasis is placed on cellular and molecular pharmacology/toxicology and signal transduction. The primary objective of our program is to provide students with an academic background and exposure to state-of-the-art scientific approaches needed to investigate and solve the important biological problems that will be the focus of research in the decades to come. Our graduate degree program is multidisciplinary in nature and has strong associations with researchers in other basic science and clinical departments.
Current Students

Current Students

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Curriculum

Curriculum

The doctoral program in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin has two major components: graduate level coursework and the completion of a novel, publishable research project.

The coursework requirements of the doctoral program are flexible and tailored to the needs of individual students as much as possible. Typically, the first-year curriculum for doctoral students consists of a set of core courses covering the fundamentals of biochemistry, molecular genetics, molecular biology of the cell and cellular signal transduction. However, an alternative translational core curriculum is available with focus on organ system biology and translational science.  Subsequently, students may take semester long graduate courses on pharmacological principles, receptors and second messengers, ion channels and drug discovery. The option to take a medical pharmacology course is available.

After completion of the initial coursework, students take a qualifying examination. The qualifying examination consists of writing and defending a research proposal in an area different from the student's dissertation research. The exam typically takes place in the second year of the doctoral program.

After a student has successfully passed his or her qualifying examination and completed the basic coursework, his or her time is spent engaged in a cutting edge research project in the laboratory of a member of the department's graduate faculty. The final requirement of the program is for the student to write and defend a dissertation describing their research project

Requirements and Guidelines for PhD Program (PDF) 

Admissions

Admissions

The objective of the graduate training program in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin is to train biomedical researchers for the 21st Century. Our goal is to give our students the skills to conduct independent research at the cutting edge of biomedical science. Candidates can pursue their PhD degree by applying to either the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences (IDP), the Neuroscience Research Program (NDP), or direct admission into the Pharmacology and Toxicology program.

Doctor of Philosophy; Master of Science (special arrangement only). These programs expose students to a variety of perspectives in biomedical research and allow exploration of multiple fields within the biomedical sciences before choosing a specific program for their dissertation.

A Bachelor’s degree (either completed or in the process of completing) is required for admission to any MCW graduate program. Applicants will ideally have a 3.0 or higher grade point average (GPA), as well as quantitative and verbal reasoning GRE scores at or above the 50th percentile (3.5 or higher writing score). Personal statements and letters of recommendation from professors, advisors, research supervisors, etc. who know you well are highly regarded in the admission process. Prior research experience is also strongly considered.

The MCW Graduate School operates on a rolling admissions basis. However, applications accepted by the priority application deadline of December 15th will receive first priority for admission the following Fall. Students are admitted once per year.

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

If you have questions regarding tuition or your account, please contact the Office of Student Accounts, at (414) 955-8172 or mcwtuition@mcw.edu. Please refer to the All Student Handbook (PDF) for tuition payment policies and information.

PhD Students
All full-time PhD students receive a full tuition remission, health insurance and stipend.

2018-2019 Stipend: $30,011

Masters, Certificate & Non-Degree Students
Students seeking financial aid for MPH, MS or MA degree programs, visit the Financial Aid Office website.

Current MCW Employees
Tuition Course Approval Form - Human Resources (PDF)

Late Fees
There will be a $100 late registration fee for anyone not completing registration by the date indicated on the schedule each semester.

There is also a $250 late payment fee for tuition not paid on time according to the Tuition Payments policy in the All Student Handbook (PDF).

Late payment fee is in addition to any late registration fee.

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MCW Graduate School
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-8218
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