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We are accepting applications for Fall 2024! Our application deadline is December 1, 2023.


Admission FAQ’s:

Information About Application Fee Waivers
The Department of Pharmacology does not issue application fee waivers. Please visit the UW Graduate School website for information on who qualifies for fee waivers, how to apply, and FAQ’s:

GRE Scores are NOT required to apply to the Pharmacology Graduate Program.

A baccalaureate degree with a major in any of the sciences, such as biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy, physics, physiology, psychology, or zoology is strongly advised. Students are selected from the applicant pool based on several criteria, including academic performance, letters of recommendation, and previous research experience. Independent research experience outside of the classroom setting is highly valued.

Recruitment Interviews
Selected applicants will be invited for an interview in January and February.

International Applicants
International students living outside the United States must demonstrate spoken English proficiency by submitting one of the following minimal TOEFL scores: TOEFL iBT: 92; TOEFL pBT: 580. For more information about the Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements please visit:  h

International Applicant FAQ’s:

General Information
Completion of work to earn a Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology takes about five years in our program. During this time, students are expected to devote their full time (twelve-month year) to their graduate studies (allowing time for vacation and holidays) and are not permitted to take outside employment if supported by funds administered by the department.

Program overview:

Any correspondence regarding admissions should be addressed to:

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Department of Pharmacology
University of Washington
Box 357750
Seattle, Washington 98195-7750


Planning to apply? Please review our application questions in advance before starting your application:

1. Please list, using bullet points, the different research experiences that you have had including summer research internships, academic research, post-baccalaureate programs, and/or work-related experiences. Estimate the total number of months that you have worked in a lab. (Limit to 2000 characters)

2. Tell us about your most successful or interesting research experience in a laboratory environment. (Limit to 3000 characters)

3. Earning a PhD in Pharmacology is a gateway to many opportunities and career options. Why do you want to obtain a PhD in Pharmacology and what career options are you thinking of pursuing? (Limit to 2000 characters)

4. Which faculty members’ research in the Pharmacology graduate program are you most interested in and explain why? (Limit to 2500 characters)

5. Describe a time when you encountered a challenging obstacle, scientific or otherwise. How did you handle it? (Limit to 3000 characters)

6. Please describe how your personal background and past experiences (not scientific training) have influenced your decision to go to graduate school and which career path to pursue. (Limit to 2000 characters)

7. The Department of Pharmacology is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and believe that DEI plays a critical role in the academic sciences. How would you describe the relationship between (DEI) efforts and scientific excellence and have these issues influenced your path to graduate school? How in your PhD training and career do you hope to advance DEI in science? (Limit to 2000 characters).

8. Is there anything else pertinent to your application that you want to share? (Limit to 1500 characters)