- First year: Take two courses and a research seminar each semester and do three research rotations during the two semesters. Select a thesis advisor by the beginning of June. Begin to prepare for a qualifying exam in the Fall of your second year while doing experiments toward your PhD project.
- Second year: Take the qualifying exam during the first semester and any other courses to complement your pharmacology education. You can present a thesis prospectus to a thesis committee at any time prior to the end of your third year.
- Third year (and subsequent years): Meet with thesis committee once a year until the thesis defense. All Pharmacology Graduate students are expected to attend the Pharmacology seminar series and present their work yearly at Research-in-Progress meetings to the Department.