Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

We prepare our students to be successful next-generation scientists and to develop the broader skills needed to excel in a career path of their choice; including the academic, industrial and regulatory sectors. The Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program provides graduate training in cancer biology, drug discovery and translational pharmacology. The program includes faculty from the WSU College of Pharmacy located on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, Wash. Opportunities for financial support are available.

Our program houses more than 25 graduate training faculty with active research projects supported by federal and private funding organizations. Our faculty use multi-disciplinary basic and translational approaches to:

  1. Understand mechanisms of disease
  2. Identify novel therapeutic targets
  3. Develop novel treatments
  4. Optimize therapeutic regimens

Course requirements are flexible and can be tailored to individual needs and career goals. Students may take courses offered at WSU Spokane, as well as WSU Pullman. Students actively participate in weekly research seminars with special emphasis on enhancing communication and leadership skills.

Research areas of emphasis

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Resources for our program

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Professional societies

American Society of Nutrition

Funding Opportunities

The College of Pharmacy offers multiple funding opportunities to ensure that our students are prepared for the next step of their education.

Graduate student financial assistance
The pharmacy graduate student handbook outlines the basic stipend package that each graduate student receives. Along with the stipend, graduate students receive a tuition waiver. Click here for more information about tuition waivers.

Click here to see scholarships offered by the College of Pharmacy for graduate students.

Travel awards
Our college helps support travel to attend professional meetings and national conferences. Learn more by visiting our travel awards webpage.

Once you are admitted there are many ways to get additional funding for your research. Below are some resources to help you find funding:

WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane

Our college is located on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, where you will interact face-to-face with research faculty and students in pharmacy, medicine, nursing and other health sciences.
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Application deadline:

December 5

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Contact us

Susan Marsh
Director of Graduate Studies

Christina Brelia
Graduate Program Coordinator

Ph.D. program objectives and outcomes