Kari Hoyt, PhD
Interim Division Chair

Betsy Bulgrin
Division Coordinator

534 Riffe Building
496 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Pharmacology Graduate Studies


A PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis in Pharmacology immerses a student in discovering the mechanisms of drug action, using drugs as tools to explore the workings of the body, and studying disease models to find new drug targets. The program of study includes graduate level courses in pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, and statistics. Students may also take elective courses that relate to the chosen area of research.

After approximately two years of coursework and research, students complete a written and oral doctoral candidacy exam. After successful completion of the candidacy exam, students perform thesis-based research for the remainder of their tenure, followed by completion of a written thesis and oral defense. Details of the program may be found in the college’s Graduate Handbook. Career options include positions in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and government regulatory agencies, as illustrated by our alumni. For more information on application, please visit the graduate applications page.