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The requirements listed below are special to this department and must be read in conjunction with the general requirements of the Graduate School. Admission may be granted to an applicant who has not completed all the required preparation, but in such instances appropriate courses will be added to the student's program.
The department accepts only candidates for the Ph.D. degree. The student earns the M.A. and M.Phil. degrees during the course of study toward the doctorate.
Admissions: Admission is based on the student's previous academic performance, Graduate Record Examination score (general test), letters of recommendation and interviews with members of the department. Ordinarily, preference is given to students who have a background in biology or chemistry, with a year of physics and mathematics through calculus.
All applicants must submit a complete application including GRE scores (general test required; subject test welcome), undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) transcripts, a personal statement and three letters of recommendation. Foreign applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores, to be considered for acceptance. Columbia University’s minimum TOEFL scores is 100.
Applications should be received by December 6th for admission in the fall semester. Although we will evaluate any application received after this date, it is to your advantage to submit your application by the deadline, even if it is not complete at that time.
Degree Requirements: The training program is very flexible, allowing students to gain a strong foundation in biochemistry, physiology, and cellular and molecular biology and apply this background in a wide variety of laboratory experiences. Training in the first year of the program consists of required core courses and research rotations in laboratories. Second year students begin laboratory research leading to the thesis, and take the remaining core courses as well as elective courses relevant to the thesis work. At the end of the second year, as a qualifying exam, the student prepares and defends a research proposal, typically related to the intended thesis research. Subsequent years are devoted to the research, writing and defense of the Ph.D. thesis. The trainee is aided in this not only by the faculty mentor, but also by an advisory committee of expert faculty which meets regularly.
Financial Aid: All students in our program are provided with coverage for the cost of tuition and fees, and receive a stipend. As of 2013-2014 yr., the annual stipend became $34,056.
Further information can be found at student financial services link.
If you have additional questions, please contact:
Dr. Neil Harrison, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies - Department of Pharmacology
Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons
630 West 168th Street
New York, New York 10032
To Apply: Prospective students must apply to the Pharmacology Training Program through the Coordinated Program in the Basic Sciences.