Graduate students in the Program in Pharmacology and Drug Development complete required and elective didactic courses and participate in seminars and journal clubs that are designed to provide a strong knowledge base for their research and a deep understanding of pharmacology.

Students complete an MS thesis that may be based on laboratory or library research. Students identify their research topic in the fall of the first year and work on their research as they complete their courses.


A series of courses are offered in the first year of study that are specifically designed to provide a broad, yet deep knowledge of pharmacology. Additional elective courses are also offered. Students are required to complete one elective offered by the program; a second elective may be offered by any Sackler graduate program.

More information about the curriculum and specific courses can be found in the Sackler Catalog.  download pdf

Seminar Courses

All students participate in seminars and a journal club each semester.


Contact Information









Emmanuel Pothos, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
Stearns 514
Phone: 617-636-6940
Fax: 617-636-2990


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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development