Education & Training

pharmacology education

The University of Minnesota offers one of the top-rated Pharmacology programs in the country.

One of the best funded departments in the Medical School, the Department of Pharmacology has approximately 40 faculty members and 50 graduate students who work in a broad range of scientific disciplines from cancer research and infectious disease to neurobiology, and who employ diverse experimental approaches ranging from structural and biophysical methods to animal and human studies.

Undergraduate Program

Offered through the College of Biological Sciences, our phamacology minor provides high-quality teaching of the principles of pharmacology and the application of pharmacology to the biomedical sciences for undergraduate students.

PhD Degree

The Pharmacology PhD program is designed to provide a solid understanding of basic pharmacology and to prepare our graduates to pursue careers as independent scientists and pharmacologists.

Master's Degree

Our MS program is designed to provide career-focused individuals with a highly individualized program of study. Graduates of this program will find that they have built a strong platform to reach towards their future goals.

How large is the graduate program?

There are between 40-50 students typically enrolled in our graduate program. On average, between 6-10 students are admitted to the program each year.

Where do the graduate students come from?

The majority of our students are from the upper midwest, primarily Minnesota and Wisconsin.However, in recent years we have had students from the following states: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota. and Washington. Comprising about 30% of the population, international students come from such countries as: Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

What were the undergraduate majors of recently admitted students?

The majority of our students received bachelor's degrees in one of the life sciences, including Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, and Psychology. However, we have had a number of successful students who majored in sciences such as Chemistry and Physics.

What is the gender ratio within the student population?

The male-female ratio is approximately 50-50.

We are an inclusive community

The Department of Pharmacology welcomes people of all backgrounds, nationalities, and ethnic groups. We support and welcome diversity, and know that diversity makes us stronger. We can only accomplish our goals by valuing a wide variety of perspectives and ideas