PDD Curriculum

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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 conduct two rotations during their first year to learn techniques and sample different areas of research. The rotations also help students choose their thesis advisor and the research topic for the MS thesis.


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 GSBS graduate program.

More information about the curriculum and specific courses can be found in theĀ GSBS Catalog.

Seminar Courses

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