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Medicinal Chemistry Ph.D.

Graduate Studies in Medicinal Chemistry
College of Pharmacy
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Contact Information
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, 8-101 Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-9919; fax: 612-624-0139)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 48
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The program in medicinal chemistry emphasizes the application of chemical principles to research on the action of drugs on biological systems. Courses offered by the program focus on general principles of medicinal chemistry, drug design and synthesis, chemical aspects of drug metabolism, chemical mechanisms of drug toxicity and carcinogenicity, computer-assisted drug design and receptor modeling, and combinatorial chemistry.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants should have a B.S. or M.S. degree in an appropriate related science field such as pharmacy, chemistry, or biology. Students majoring in other degree programs that encompass chemical, biochemical, or biological fields of study are also encouraged to apply. All applicants should have completed undergraduate chemistry through elementary organic chemistry. Undergraduate coursework in biochemistry and physical chemistry is also a prerequisite, but under certain circumstances such coursework may be taken during the first year. Students may apply for admission to the Ph.D. program only, and usually are admitted fall semester only.
Special Application Requirements:
Scores from the General (Aptitude) Test of the GRE, three letters of recommendation from college-level faculty, a complete set of official transcripts, and a statement of immediate and long range career objectives are required. All application materials should be submitted by the admissions deadline listed on the departmental website in order to be considered for fellowship, teaching, and research assistantships awarded in the next academic year.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
24 credits are required in the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 3 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Students must also participate in the department seminar program, successfully complete a comprehensive exam requirement that serves as the preliminary written exam, and prepare and defend an original research proposal which serves as the preliminary oral exam. All students must complete a core curriculum of advanced courses in organic chemistry and biochemistry (totaling 12 credits); and medicinal chemistry (12 cr).
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