Students can join the graduate program by applying

  • directly to the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience or
  • by applying to UNMC's interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Training Program (BRTP)

Students admitted to directly to the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience do all of their research rotations within the department and choose their dissertation advisor from the Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience Department faculty. Those who join the BRTP do research rotations with faculty in Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience as well as other basic science departments and choose their dissertation advisor and program of study at the end of the first year.

Medical students can also join the Department Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience graduate program through the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree program. Special opportunities for minority students to join the department are also available.

Admission requirements

Admission to the program leading to the Ph.D. degree may be granted to individuals who

  • Hold the baccalaureate (or higher) degree from an accredited college or university
  • Have a grade average of B or better. Grades in science must be excellent. Admission requirements include course work in mathematics through calculus; chemistry, including organic chemistry; physics; and biology or zoology.
  • Provide results from Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Upon admission to the program, a student will be advised of any deficiencies, which must be made up within the first year after entering the program. The prerequisite courses may not be substituted for required courses in the program. Research experience also enhances the applicant's preparation for graduate studies in pharmacology and neuroscience. Along with proof of baccalaureate degree, official transcripts and GRE results, three letters of recommendation are required of all applicants.

Applicants for whom English is not their native language must submit TOEFL scores, with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) are usually required for admission.

Students are selected for admission on the basis of overall undergraduate grade point average, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and the personal statement (see application form).

Application for Graduate Program

  • Application materials for the Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience Department graduate program are available online or can be requested by contacting the Chair of the Graduate Committee for the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience (see side bar contact information).
  • Application information for the BRTP can be found on it's web page - BRTP.

Students may elect to apply both directly to the Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience Department and to the BRTP, allowing them the greatest flexibility in selecting their options for graduate training.

Though most students begin in the fall semester, students may also be admitted to begin their training in the spring semester or at the beginning of the summer.

Students apply to the graduate program for admission, not to individual faculty members, though prospective students are free to contact specific faculty members regarding their research interests or other aspects of the program.

For admission requirement information, please visit the UNMC Graduate Studies Bulletin.

Keshore Bidasee, Ph.D.
Chair, Graduate Committee

Leticia Tran
Graduate Studies Assistant

Phone: (402) 559-4044
Fax: (402) 559-7495

Online application