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PhD Admissions

Fall 2023 entry is now open. Given a recent  and positive change in our funding structure, we are strongly encouraging both domestic and international candidates to apply!

All candidates for admission to the Ph.D. Training Program should apply online through Stony Brook University Graduate School's website. The formal Program name is The Graduate Training Program in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology.

Please note that you may apply for Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology or Physiology, and indicate in your statement whether you would like to be considered by one, two or all programs. In addition, please send an email to that indicates this option is desired.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, we accept students with a wide variety of undergraduate majors. A typical applicant will also have taken upper-level undergraduate courses in Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry and at least one of the following: Cell Biology, Genetics, Physiology, or Neurobiology. The Program considers all candidates equally. Women, members of racial and/or ethnic groups currently under-represented in biomedical science, and prospective applicants with post-baccalaureate laboratory-based research experience are encouraged to apply. If you require a disability-related accommodation, please contact Ms Odalis Hernández at (631) 444-3057.




Please note that the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is optional (not required). For applicants entering through the M.D./Ph.D. Program, the Medical College Admissions Tests (MCATs) are an acceptable alternative to the GRE, if desired.  International Students are required to take the TOEFL exam and are strongly urged to take the TSE exam. Please refer to the Graduate School webpage for more detail on requirements for TOEFL orTSE exams.



Three letters of recommendation and two copies of your official college transcript are required. These materials may be sent either using the online application system (preferred), or, mailed as a hard (paper) copy to the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Program at the following address:

Pharmacology Graduate Program
BST8-140, Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY, 11794-8651
(phone: 1-631-444-3057)

The Graduate School's Deadline for receipt of applications and all supporting materials is January 1, 2023. Late applications can be considered, on a case by case basis (inquire by emailing However, please note that in order to be considered for institutional fellowships the Pharmacology Graduate Program must receive your application by January 1st, 2023.  In addition, applications received prior to the deadline may be evaluated earlier and thus designated for priority early interviews. It is in your best interest to apply well before the January 1 deadline!

NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2022 entry. We do not offer Spring Admissions.

Approximately six to ten students are admitted per year.

We plan to accept both domestic and international applicants.

All accepted applicants have until April 15 to make their decision to accept our program's offers.

Reactivating a Previous Application: Applicants who applied for admission to the Pharmacology Graduate Program within the last twelve months, but did not enroll, may reactivate their previous application. Contact our program by email stating that you would like your application reactivated for the next class. When using this option we strongly encourage you to submit updated material to strengthen your application, such as transcripts with additional courses, retaken GRE scores, an updated Personal Statement, and, if more research experience has been added, revised or new letters of recommendation from your current supervisor.


If you have any questions or concerns about our application process, please email us at