Ph.D. On Campus

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Medical College of Wisconsin

36 months
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The Pharmacology and Toxicology PhD program at Medical College of Wisconsin 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 conducting pharmacology & toxicology research at MCW, we invite you to apply directly to the program, or to either our Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences (IDP) or the Neuroscience Doctoral Program (NDP).

Key Features 

  • The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology doctoral program at Medical College of Wisconsin 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.

Programme Structure

  • 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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
3.5 (analytical)

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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. 
  • 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).

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Milwaukee

1066 - 1767 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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