Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pharmacology & Toxicology is a discipline in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program administered by the School of Graduate Studies.

IPhD Coordinator: Dr. Anil Kumar
Administrative Assistant: Jason Cross
Contact number: (816) 235-1792

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Admissions Requirements

Due to course sequencing, new students will ordinarily be accepted only in the fall term. Applicants must hold a professional degree in pharmacy (Pharm.D. or B.S.) or a bachelor’s degree in biological, chemical science, or health science. In special situations, baccalaureate degrees in other disciplines will be evaluated for possible admission. For graduates of foreign schools, the applicant must have completed a course of study at least the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

Prospective students must have:

  • Aggregate minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all college work taken prior to the bachelor’s degree, or an aggregate GPA of at least 3.5 on all post-bachelor work to date (minimum of 9 hours)
  • Minimum GRE score of 148 for verbal and 147 for qualitative; or a combined score of 295 and 3.0 out of 6.0 for analytical writing

For graduates of foreign schools, the applicant must have:

  • Above-average grades in previous college study
  • Minimum score of 550 on written, or 213 computer-based, or 80 on Internet-based TOEFL exam and a minimum score of 4.0 out of 6.0 on the TWE

If you are an international student applying for admission, refer to the International Student Affairs Office for additional information.

Qualifying Requirements for Full Admission

Students seeking admission to the Pharmacology and Toxicology discipline of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program should have completed course work in:

  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Biochemistry I and II
  • Calculus
  • Anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology I and II
  • A biostatistics course

Students who have not completed this coursework on admission must complete it during the first two semesters of graduate work

During the first year of graduate study, provisional Ph.D. students with Pharmacology and Toxicology as a discipline must complete the following courses or their equivalents with a grade of B or better. Equivalency is determined by the Pharmacology and Toxicology discipline faculty on a case-by-case basis.

  • Pharmacy 5519 (2 hours)
  • Pharmacy 5520 (4 hours)
  • Pharmacy 5530 (4 hours)

Suggested Compatible Co-disciplines:

  • Pharmaceutical sciences
  • Cell biology and biophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Molecular biology and biochemistry
  • Oral biology
  • Other related fields in health sciences that offer Ph.D. degrees
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Plan of Study

Core Program Requirements

Pharmacology and Toxicology as Coordinating Unit Discipline: Specific course requirements will be determined by the student in consultation with the research advisor and the supervisory committee. Generally, 55 post-baccalaureate credit hours, including 20 hours of research and dissertation and 35 hours of course work are required for the Ph.D. degree. No more than 27 credit hours (60 percent) can be obtained from a single discipline (preferably in Pharmacology and Toxicology). The remaining 13 credit hours (40 percent) can be obtained from one or more participating disciplines.

No more than 25 percent of coursework from the non-participating disciplines will be counted toward the Ph.D. degree. As many as 15 credits may be allowed for courses taken in a master’s degree program at another institution with the concurrence of the student’s supervisory committee.

The total of 27 hours required for Pharmacology and Toxicology as the coordinating discipline will be composed of:

  • Pharmacy 5509 (3 credits)
  • Pharmacy 5519 (2 credits)
  • Pharmacy 5520 (4 credits)
  • Pharmacy 5530 (4 credits
  • Pharmacy 5615 (3 credits)
  • 3 hours of Pharmacy 5580C (Pharmacology and Toxicology seminar)
  • 12 additional hours of advanced courses (500-level or above) in Pharmacology and Toxicology as approved by the supervisory committee

In the remaining 16 hours, 3 credit hours of statistics, plus 13 credit hours in one or a combination of co-disciplines, which may include cell biology and biophysics, chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry, oral biology, pharmaceutical sciences, or other pertinent areas as approved by the supervisory committee.

Other Electives: A supervisory committee may require that additional coursework be taken to prepare the student in a specific research area. Additional requirement may not exceed 6 credit hours, may be taken in any approved doctoral discipline and must be completed prior to the semester in which the dissertation defense occurs.

Pharmacology and Toxicology as Co-discipline: Students applying for Pharmacology and Toxicology as a co-discipline should have completed coursework equivalent to:

  • Pharmacy Physiology I and II (LS-PHSL 399 and 400)
  • Human Biochemistry I and II (Bio-Sc 365G and 366G)

Both of these are offered at UMKC. Students who have not completed this coursework must finish it during the first two semesters of graduate work.

When Pharmacology and Toxicology is chosen as the co-discipline, the minimum course requirements are completion of:

  • Pharmacy 5519 (2 credits)
  • Pharmacy 5520 (4 credits)
  • 1 credit hour of seminar (Pharmacy 5580C)
  • Sufficient courses constituting the required percentage of their program of study, as approved by the supervisory committee

No more than one C grade in any core course will be permitted. Students who receive more than one C grade or lower will be dropped from Pharmacology and Toxicology as a co-discipline. Students must take and successfully pass a written and oral comprehensive examination administered by the supervisory committee members from the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Co-discipline students should take the Pharmacology and Toxicology comprehensive examination no later than one semester after completing their required co-discipline course work.

For more information, please visit the School of Graduate Studies website and review the “Current Students” program information.