Program in Molecular and Systems Pharmacology Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Emory University

Program in Molecular and Systems Pharmacology Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Emory University

Atlanta, GA
student ratio
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Tuition Cost Not Reported
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December 1
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1 Degree Offered
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A Top Graduate Program in Molecular and Systems Pharmacology

Emory University is widely regarded as a leader in pharmacology. "The Scientist" ranks Emory as the number 1 university in the country for research impact in pharmacology. "The Chronicle for Higher Education" ranks Emory as number 1 in molecular pharmacology and number 4 in pharmacology overall. Emory University offers a Ph.D. program in Molecular and Systems Pharmacology (MSP) through its Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS).

The Molecular and Systems Pharmacology doctoral program at Emory University offers broad training in the biomedical sciences for students interested in learning how the drugs of today work and how the novel therapeutics of tomorrow can be developed.

GDBBS is home to almost 330 faculty members from Emory's School of Medicine, as well as the American Cancer Society, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other prominent organizations.

The MSP doctoral program offers graduate students competitive financial support.

Research and Career Opportunities

Emory is a leader in research in cancer pharmacology, neuropharmacology, and infectious diseases, as well as in cardiovascular pharmacology, inflammation, toxicology, chemical biology, and structural biology of target drugs.

Graduate students conduct research into cancer pharmacology at the Winship Cancer Center, which combines cutting-edge research facilities with patient treatment. The Yerkes National Primate Research Center is world renowned for its research into addiction and neurodegeneration within the field of neuropharmacology. Students may also benefit from Emory's close relationship with the CDC to conduct ground-breaking anti-viral research.

Graduates of the Molecular and Systems Pharmacology program at Emory are prepared for successful careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as in academic research, government research, patent law, and other pharmacological-related fields.

Specialization in Chemical Biology or Toxicology

The MSP program is cross-disciplinary, encompassing molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, structural biology, physiology, chemistry, and other related fields. All students complete core curriculum in pharmacology, drug metabolism, toxicology, and ethics. Students also have the option to specialize in either chemical biology or toxicology.

Students who specialize in chemical biology take classes in drug discovery and chemistry and may conduct research at the Emory Chemical Biology Discovery Center (ECBDC), which is part of the National Cancer Institute's Chemical Biology Consortium. The purpose of the ECBDC is to discover new chemical leads targeted to disease-related proteins and to serve as a robust platform for drug screen and development and high-throughput biology.

Students who specialize in toxicology complete the recommended curriculum, participate in a monthly journal club, and receive funds to travel to international toxicology conferences each year.

Laboratory Rotations and Research

MSP students at Emory University complete three research rotations during their first year in order to acquaint themselves with potential advisors and dissertation topics. During the summer following their first year students participate in a two-day Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO) Program. Students begin their dissertation research in their second year, while taking a handful of upper-level courses in specialized areas such as cancer biology, molecular toxicology, signal receptors, ion channels, and transduction.

Competitive Financial Support

Students in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory receive tuition scholarships, health insurance, and stipends. They enjoy a low cost of living in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

The stipend for the 2017-18 academic year is $30,000. In addition, several competitive fellowships are offered to outstanding applicants each year. These fellowships provide students with supplements to their stipends that range from $2,500 to $5,000 per year for five years, depending on the award.

Living in Atlanta

Emory University is located in a beautiful, wooded area of northeast Atlanta, Georgia, just four miles from downtown. The area serves as a hub of medical research, encompassing both the CDC and the American Cancer Society.

Midtown Atlanta is home to museums, galleries, and cultural activities that students enjoy. Atlanta's temperate climate affords students many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, and camping.

Location & Contact

Program in Molecular and Systems Pharmacology

Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Emory University

201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322-1100
United States

Dr. Randy Hall

Program Director

Phone: 404-727-3699
Fax: 404-727-0365

Ms. Kathy Smith

Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Phone: 404-727-2547
Fax: 404-727-3322

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Pharmacology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 21
    • Doctoral Degrees 104
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required and Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


14% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 89
    • Accepted 13
    • Acceptance Rate 14
    • Enrolled 9
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0 in science course work (recommended)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Tuition Waivers, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students257
    • Female Percentage9%
    • Male Percentage91%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students257
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American11%
    • White / Caucasian57%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander2%
    • Two or more races14%
    • Unknown or International Student6%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty51
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage22%
    • Male Percentage78%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchTransmembrane signaling, neuropharmacology, neurophysiology and neurodegeneration, metabolism and molecular toxicology, cell and developmental biology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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