The PhD Program

About the PhD Program

The School of Pharmacy offers training at the doctoral level to unique, highly motivated individuals. Our mission is to train the next generation of leaders and decision makers seeking to improve the health of the community through outstanding basic, translational, and clinical research. Major strengths include highly accomplished, well funded research faculty, multidisciplinary training opportunities, and cutting edge technologies.


Training consists of a sequence of required core courses, elective courses, journal clubs, faculty-directed research, and an original research project leading to a final dissertation.  72 credit hours are required. See the full curriculum.


The understanding of the various milestones will help assist you towards a successful completion of the program. There are 8 major milestones for the PhD program.

Requirements for Graduation

Each PhD student must write a dissertation that presents the results of research carried out by the student. An appropriate research project involves a substantive piece of original and independent research grounded in an appropriate body of literature. It is relevant to an identifiable field as it is currently practiced. It represents a hypothesis tested by collection and analysis of data and provides a significant contribution or advancement to that field.

Contact Information

Lori M. Altenbaugh
Graduate Program Coordinator
3501 Terrace Street
5016 Salk Hall, Student Services
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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