We offer the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Our primary objective is to prepare candidates for research and teaching careers.

The first few semesters are devoted primarily to core coursework 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.

Degree Requirements

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