in Pharmaceutical Sciences

We prepare students to be successful professionals in academia, industry, health care, and private institutions dedicated to the promotion of human health and wellness.

Areas of Emphasis

Our curriculum provides exposure to research in molecular and cellular biochemistry, basic and clinical pharmacology, neuropharmacology, immunology, gene therapy, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics, and nutrition and exercise physiology.

Specific Research Areas

Active areas of research by our faculty include:

  • novel drug development and delivery for cancer and other diseases
  • signaling mechanisms associated with cancer growth and survival as well as cardiac remodeling
  • genomic and proteomic approaches to cancer diagnosis and progression
  • pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics
  • heritable disorders of human metabolism
  • exercise and dietary impact on cardiovascular disease
  • targeted and gene therapy of cancer and other diseases
  • cancer immunology and immunotherapy
  • novel methodologies to evaluate drug-dietary and herbal-supplement interactions
  • pain pharmacology

Strengths of Our Program

Our program uses multi-disciplinary basic and translational research approaches to (1) understand mechanisms of disease, 2) identify novel therapeutic targets, (3) develop and optimize pharmaceutical treatment approaches, and 4) promote the prevention and management of chronic diseases.

Course requirements are flexible, and can be tailored to individual needs and career goals.

We place emphasis on communication skills and building confidence in scientific outreach.

The program is large enough to provide diversity and to give you peers with whom to interact, but small enough that you are not "lost in a crowd". 

All of our graduates in the last five years are employed in university settings or drug company research positions.

Career Opportunities

The wide array of disciplines within the College of Pharmacy Graduate Program provides an extensive range of career opportunities in pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology companies, hospitals, specialty laboratories, government agencies, and academia.


Consult the Graduate School Policies & Procedures Manual for general requirements for the Ph.D. degree (

Total required graded credits: 15

Required Core Courses

Course Abbr. Title
PharmSci 577 Introduction to Research
PharmSci 578 Biomedical Statistics
PharmSci 597 Pharmaceutical Sciences/NEP Seminar
1 (S/F)
PharmSci 600 Special Projects / Independent Research
PharmSci 800 Doctoral Research / Dissertation


(minimum of 6 credits required from the following)

Course Abbr. Title
PharmSci 511 Topics in Toxicology
PharmSci 512 Topics in Pharmacology
PharmSci 555 General and Cellular Physiology
PharmSci 572 Fundamentals of Oncology
PharmSci 573 Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Toxicokinetics
PharmSci 574 Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
PharmSci 575 Receptor-ligand Interactions
PharmSci 576 Biophysical methods
PharmSci 579 Advances in Pharmaceutical Sciences
PharmSci 581 Stem Cell Biology, Therapeutics and Regenerative Medicine


Approved additional electives

Course Abbr. Title
Ch E 435 Modern Separation Techniques
Ch E 475 Introductory Biochemical Engineering
Chem 510 Introduction to Proteomics
Chem 514 Mass Spectrometry
Chem 546 Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds
EMIC 586 Special Projects in Microscopy
EMIC 587 Electron Microscopy Seminar
1 (S/F)
MBioS 503 Molecular Biology 1
MBioS 504 Molecular Biology 2
MBioS 513 General Biochemistry 1
MBioS 514 General Biochemistry 2
MBioS 528 Molecular and Cellular Reproduction
MBioS 540 Immunology
MBioS 542 General Virology
MBioS 548 Selected Topics in Virology
MBioS 549* Selected Topics in Immunology
MBioS 561 Biochemical Signaling
MBioS 566 Physical Biochemistry
MBioS 574 Protein Biotechnology
MBioS 578 Bioformatics
Neuro 520 Functional Neuroscience
Psych 577 Behavioral Pharmacology
UNIV 590 Preparation for College Teaching
2 (S/F)
UNIV 597 Preparing the Future Professoriate
2 (S/F)
VPh 529 Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
VM 545 Pathology 1
Zool 557 Advanced Mammalian Physiology
Phil 530 Bioethics

*course may be taken twice for credit
Transfer Courses: courses transferred from another institution must be approved by the student advisor, Associate Dean and Graduate School


Admission Information

Our graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences has been awarding graduate degrees since 1931. Formal course requirements are flexible to tailor programs to individual needs.


  • Bachelor of Science Degree
  • GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0)
  • Official GRE scores (less than 5 years old)
  • Official TOEFL scores for international applicants

Although not a prerequisite, completion of an undergraduate course in biochemistry is highly desirable. Students admitted to the program without this course may take it at WSU during the first year of graduate school.

Required Supplemental Information

In addition to the application requirements specified by the Graduate School, students applying to graduate programs with the College of Pharmacy must submit the following supplemental information to the Graduate School:

  • Statement of Purpose
    Write a statement of your professional goals and why you are interested in attending the program. Please include the name of a faculty member in the program whose research interests you.

All application materials must be sent to the Graduate School's physical address:

Graduate School
Stadium Way
French Administration Building, Room 324
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-1030

WSU Graduate School Website

Tuition & Assistantships

Most Ph.D. students admitted to the program are offered financial support in the form of teaching or research assistantships and tuition support. Financial support is offered separately from admittance to the program and is made on an individual basis. Teaching Assistants are expected to devote part of their time to instructing or aiding in undergraduate education. Research Assistants may devote their entire efforts to course work and to their own research projects.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Graduate tuition and fees can be found on the WSU Graduate School web site. Tuition waivers for in-state and out-of-state are also offered to teaching and research assistants and medical insurance is a benefit that comes with the assistantship.

Out-of-State Waiver

It is expected that most assistantships will have the out-of-state tuition waived. Out-of-state waivers are awarded for a maximum of 1 year for out-of-state U.S. citizens working toward the Ph.D. and 4 years for international students. After that time, these waivers may be awarded, but cannot be guaranteed. At the present time, if you receive the maximum waiver, you are responsible for payment.


Find more information on graduate assistantships on the WSU Graduate School web site: Assistantship Information

Other Financial Resources

Additional Financial Aid Info
Graduate Tuition and Fees

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Application Deadlines

Completed file due to the Graduate School by Jan. 10, 2014.

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