Program Director Dr. John Johnson

Earn a PhDDoctor of Philosophy in the biomedical science of Pharmacology. Participate in cardiovascular and neuroscience research which integrates a range of techniques from whole animal to cellular, and collaborate with faculty inside and outside of Augusta University. The department's labs' disease studies include: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, schizophrenia, diabetes, and vascular dysfunction heart failure.

MCG Pharmacology & Toxicology graduates are employed world-wide and have a high rate of placement in academic, industrial, and governmental research and teaching programs.

Coursework and Requirements


Prospective students must apply to the Graduate School's Biomedical Sciences program. After completion of the 1st year, students may choose to work with a faculty mentor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Pharmacology students in their 2nd year and beyond must register for Pharmacology & Therapeutics one time and Seminar in Pharmacology each semester. You will also conduct thesis research during these years. Required advisory committee meetings will annually assess your research and academic progress.

Every student works with their mentor to select a minimum of 8 hours of thesis project-specific elective courses. These courses include: Scientific Grant Writing, Neuropharmacology and Cardiovascular Pharmacology & Physiology.