The Pharmacology program at Duke is consistently ranked among the top pharmacology graduate programs in the nation. Its focus is to prepare qualified individuals for a career in independent research. Pharmacology is the science of drug action on biological systems. It encompasses the study of targets of drug action, the mechanisms by which drugs act, the therapeutic and toxic effects of drugs, as well as the development of new therapeutic agents. As the study of pharmacology is interdisciplinary, the graduate program in pharmacology is diverse and flexible. Graduate positions in the program are fully funded providing for payment of tuition, fees, and an annual stipend for the first two years. After the first two years, students are supported by the faculty member with whom they are doing their thesis research. The average time to completion of a Ph.D. is 5.5 years.

Pharmacology Graduate Student Elias Eteshola

Pharmacology Alumni

We are very proud of the alumni from our department who have successfully completed their training in Pharmacology. Please follow this link to learn more about our alumni for pharmacology.


Director of Graduate Studies, Pharmacology Program
DGSA Administrative Coordinator