We offer programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Our primary objective is to prepare candidates for research and teaching careers.

The first few semesters are devoted primarily to core course work designed to give the student a broad background in the fundamental theories and techniques of pharmacology. During this time, the student gains exposure to methods for the solution of research problems by working in the laboratories of various faculty members culminating in a selection of a thesis advisor.

Candidacy for the Ph.D. requires, in part, demonstrated proficiency in expository writing, the satisfactory completion of course work and preliminary written and oral examinations. Emphasis is placed on giving candidates rigorous standards of scholarship and critical attitudes toward the solution of research problems.

A broad range of research interests exists within the department. An active seminar program conducted by visiting scientists gives students and faculty opportunities to broaden their outlook on current scientific problems.

Admission Requirements

Admission and residency in the graduate program in Pharmacology are guided by the General Admission Requirement and Rules and Regulations for the Pursuit of Academic Degrees in the Graduate School. Students are strongly encouraged to consult and familiarize themselves with these rules and regulations.

Applications to the Department of African Studies are evaluated on the following considerations:

  1. The applicant’s official transcripts.
  2. Applicants with a B.A. or B.Sc. from an accredited university and a minimum average of 3.0 are eligible for admission into the M.A. degree program. Applicants with a B.A. or B.Sc. degree who wish to do a Ph.D. must first complete the M.A. degree program prior to applying for the Ph.D.
  3. Applicants with an M.A. degree from an accredited university and a minimum average of 3.5 are eligible for admission into the Ph.D. degree program.
  4. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from members of the academic community familiar with the applicant’s academic performance.
  5. An autobiographical sketch and statement of purpose indicating his/her desire to join the graduate program in the Department of African Studies. The Department concentrates in the following three areas (1) Development and Public Policy (2) Africa in World Affairs (3) Language, Literature and the Arts.
  6. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.

Categories of Admission

  1. Degree Student-Regular: Student who holds the required University degree(s) and who meets the department’s admission criteria.
  2. Degree Student-Provisional: A student who does not meet the requirements for regular student, but, who, on other grounds, the Committee concludes, is capable of completing a graduate program, may be accepted on a provisional basis. The student shall be limited to take 6 credits. It is recommended that most credits be taken from the core courses of the program. After completing these courses, the Graduate Studies Committee shall review the student’s academic performance. The student will be notified of the final decision within four weeks. If a student is admitted as a regular student, the 6 credit hours will be applied to the student’s course requirements.
Degree Requirements

Candidates for the M.S. degree must obtain 30 semester hours of credit with a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better, must demonstrate proficiency in expository writing, complete and defend a thesis. Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must obtain the equivalent of 45 semester hours of credit beyond the M.S. degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or better, pass qualifying examinations, and complete and defend a dissertation. The dissertation must advance knowledge in its research area and must be of publishable quality.

Admission to Candidacy

A student should file for admission to candidacy after 12 hours of work has been completed and this student has satisfied the GSAS writing proficiency requirement. Forms provided by the dean should be filed a semester before graduation and approved by the student's thesis committee and the Executive Committee of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Residence Requirements

Students in the Ph.D. program are required to spend at least three semesters in full-time residence, two of which must be consecutive.

Caution to Prospective Students

The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."

All credentials must be sent to:

Howard University Graduate School 
Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
2400 Sixth Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20059

Robert Copeland

Interim Department Chair


Martha I. Dávila-García

Director of Graduate Studies


Darrie Delgado

Administrative Coordinator