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Poster session at the annual Department of Pharmacology retreat.


Access the online application for Graduate School through the following web site:

Deadlines and instructions are also listed at the Admissions website. Applicants interested in Pharmacology should select the "Biological and Biomedical Sciences" as the Program of Study on the application. Then select "Molecular Medicine - Pharmacology and Physiology" or "Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology Faculty" as the Concentration on the application so that it will be routed to the correct admissions committee for review.

Selection Procedure

The admissions committee selects students to be interviewed based on their recommendations, Graduate Record Examination scores and grade point average. In late January or early February, the selected candidates are interviewed. The department pays the cost of travel and additional expenses. The admissions committee makes the final decision regarding acceptance after the interviews.

The experimental approaches and methods used by pharmacologists are diverse and involve a spectrum of chemical, physiological, biochemical, molecular and biophysical theories and techniques. For this reason, appropriate training may involve emphasis in biology or chemistry. We recommend courses in biochemistry, physiology, cell biology and molecular biology before beginning graduate studies, although several of the courses may be taken during graduate training. The student should take Graduate Record Examinations in time to submit the scores with the application form.

Financial Aid

Students accepted for admission normally receive full tuition plus a 12-month stipend. The basic stipend of $35,150 is provided by the Medical School and the Department of Pharmacology for the 2017-2018 academic year. Sources of the support are NIH training grants. The Graduate School has agreed to provide supplements of $4,000 to students who successfully compete for extramural funding from the NSF.

Financial assistance is administered in accordance with the regulations covering stipends of the National Institutes of Health and is therefore restricted to residents of the United States. Foreign students must have other sources, which may include University Fellowships. Students are expected to devote their entire time to the pursuit of the degree and are not permitted to have outside employment. All incoming students are required to participate in two semesters of teaching as part of their graduate training experience.


The cost of study (tuition) is covered for all students for the duration of their enrollment. Single rooms and apartments are available on campus for rents that range from $550 to $1200 per month. A wide variety of off-campus housing is also available in all price ranges. These are available in neighborhoods immediately adjacent to Yale as well as in suburban, rural, and shoreline communities adjacent to New Haven.

Recruitment of Individuals with Disabilities

The Department of Pharmacology encourages disabled students or veterans to apply to our program. If there are specific questions regarding graduate training to disabled individuals, please contact Drs. Elias Lolis ( ; Director of Graduate Studies) or Anton Bennett (; NIGMS Training Grant Director). Alternatively Yale has a Resource Office on Disabilities (ROD), whose mission is to facilitate individual accommodations for all students with disabilities throughout the entire University. This organization aids to remove physical and attitudinal barriers, which may prevent their full participation in the University community (

Yale University's Equal Opportunity Statement

The university affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified personas of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs or employment against a handicapped person who is otherwise qualified or against any individual on account of that individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, or national or ethnic origin. University policy also affords affirmative action in employment to women, minority group members, handicapped individuals who are otherwise qualified, special disabled veterans and veterans of Vietnam era.

Underlying the fulfillment of these legal obligations is the University's commitment to basing judgments concerning the admission, education and employment of individual upon their qualifications and abilities, and respecting an individual's attitudes on a variety of matters that are essentially personal in nature.


Inquiries concerning these policies may be referred to:

Ben Polak

Provost of the University

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Valerie Stanley

Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs

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