Student Snapshot

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.


How old are the students in the program?

Typically, students join our department within one or two years of graduating from college or university. However, many students have joined our program after initially pursuing alternate careers including medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy.


How long does it take to complete the Ph.D. degree program?

On average, students spend four to five years completing their doctoral program.


Do students pay tuition? Are stipends available?

All Ph.D. students receive a research stipend (contact our Director of Graduate Studies to obtain the current figure) throughout their entire graduate career. A full tuition waiver and health benefits are also provided. M.S. students are required to pay tuition, though funding opportunities are available.


Do students have teaching duties?

No. Our department provides all students with research assistantships. However, an optional program is available for students who wish to obtain practical experience in teaching.


What career opportunities do graduates of the program pursue?

Individuals with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology are well suited to pursue careers in areas including:

  • Academia
  • The pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries as well as a host of other 'non-traditional' areas, including: Patent law, science publishing, and administration

View profiles of several graduates of our program.