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Pharmacology Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study


Program Description

The field of Pharmacology offers an intensive program of study and research, emphasizing, the biochemical, biophysical, molecular, and clinical aspects of pharmacology. Current areas of research include drug-receptor interactions, ion channels, signal transduction, and cell activation. The field prepares each student for a productive career in biomedical research and teaching. As a member of the Biomedical and Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BBS), Pharmacology is part of a vibrant graduate community in the Veterinary College. The program is uniquely positioned to train students in pharmacology through its integration of biomedical science expertise in a veterinary college with outstanding physical and biological science programs on a single campus.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 253-3276

S3 009 Schurman Hall, Box 38
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • pharmacology


2017-2018: $20,800

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Dec. 1

Requirements Summary:

Applicants with a bachelor of science, master of science, medical, or veterinary degree will be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program. Applicants should have had course work in biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics, molecular biology, physics, and physiology. Applicants that do not have the necessary background will be expected to take the relevant courses after they matriculate at Cornell. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • resume/CV required for current DVMs seeking Ph.D. admission



Pharmacology is one of five graduate fields associated with the Biological & Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Graduate Program. As an umbrella program, the BBS fosters an atmosphere of collaboration, focusing on the interface between scientific research and clinical practice as well as a commitment to animal and human health. The Graduate Fields associated with the BBS Program share a set of values and expectations in the training of PhD students. Our goal is to maximize the effectiveness of the Fields while maintaining their unique identities and structures. The following graduate fields are members of the BBS Graduate Program:

  • Comparative Biomedical Science
  • Immunology & Infectious Disease
  • Molecular & Integrative Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Zoology & Wildlife Conservation

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