Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Molecular Medicine

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Priority deadline:

  • Fall January 10


  • Spokane

International Student English Proficiency Exams

  • 7.0 IELTS (International Students Only) Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI (International Students Only) Minimum score

Degree Description:

We prepare students to be successful professionals in academia, industry, health care, and private institutions dedicated to the promotion of human health and wellness. Our curriculum provides exposure to research in molecular and cellular biochemistry, basic and clinical pharmacology, neuropharmacology, immunology, gene therapy, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics.

Admission Requirements:

Completion of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science level degree program; GPA of 3.0 or above. Students applying to this program must submit a Statement of Purpose which should include professional goals, specific interests in the program, and research experience. The Statement of Purpose should also include the name(s)of faculty member(s) in the program whose research is of most interest to the applicant. Refer to the application to see all requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. Achieve mastery of knowledge in the general field of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  2. Develop the expertise to use appropriate methodologies to solve novel and emerging problems related to Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  3. Disseminate research findings to local, regional, national, and international audiences primarily through publication in peer-­‐reviewed journals and presentations at conferences.
  4. Participate in professional organizations, including becoming members, attending meetings, and taking leadership roles where appropriate.
  5. Participate in teaching, internships, fellowships, workshops, credentialing and grant applications to enhance competitiveness for career opportunities as appropriate.
  6. Train students in critical, integrative, and evaluative thinking at the highest levels of rigor.
  7. Develop advanced written and oral communication skills.
  8. Become independent, self-­‐motivated researchers with the ability to identify specific problems in their field of expertise and to formulate solutions to these problems.
  9. Develop a comprehensive knowledge of previous and current research in their field of expertise and be able to demonstrate that knowledge capability in a review of the literature at a level  that is potentially publishable.
  10. Generate innovative questions within their field of expertise and pose hypotheses related to those questions
  11. Apply sound methodological approaches to test hypotheses related to specific research questions and describe the methods effectively.
  12. Perform statistical analyses of research data and present the results in a way that clearly describes the data.

Student Opportunities:

Our admitted Ph.D. students receive the following financial support: stipend, health insurance and tuition waiver.

Support will be continuous throughout a graduate student’s degree program, contingent upon good academic standing and progress toward doctoral degree.

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Career Opportunities:

The wide array of disciplines within the College of Pharmacy Graduate Programs provides an extensive range of career opportunities in pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology companies, specialty laboratories, government agencies, and academia.

Career Placements:

Our graduate program enables students to build a strong foundation and develop a network of contacts to support career success. Career related seminars, which are offered throughout the year, provide students with ongoing networking opportunities with leaders in their respective fields.

Ph.D. graduates from Pharmaceutical Sciences and Molecular medicine pursue careers in a variety of sectors, including academia, pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology companies, regulatory agencies, and specialty laboratories.

Contact Information:

Courtney Bilodeaux
Graduate Program Coordinator
Pharmaceutical Sciences & Molecular Medicine