Graduate Program

Ph.D. Admissions



All candidates for admission to the Ph.D. Training Program should apply online through Stony Brook University Graduate School's website. The formal Program name is The Graduate Training Program in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology.


Please note that you may apply for Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology or Physiology, and indicate in your statement whether you would like to be considered by one, two or all programs. In addition, please send an email to that indicates this option is desired.  

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, we accept students with a wide variety of undergraduate majors. A typical applicant will also have taken upper-level undergraduate courses in Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry and at least one of the following: Cell Biology, Genetics, Physiology, or Neurobiology. The Program considers all candidates equally. Women, members of racial and/or ethnic groups currently under represented in biomedical science, and prospective applicants with post-baccalaureate laboratory-based research experience are encouraged to apply. If you require a disability-related accommodation, please contact Ms Odalis Hernández at (631) 444-3057.


A no-cost preliminary electronic "short" application form for the Pharmacology graduate program can be filled out (please see below). Short application forms for Fall 2019 will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2018.



In addition to the completed online application, all applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). However, for applicants entering through the M.D./Ph.D. Program, the Medical College Admissions Tests (MCATs) are an acceptable alternative to the GRE. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to take one advanced subject exam in their strongest subject. International Students are required to take the TOEFL exam and are strongly urged to take the TSE exam.




Three letters of recommendation and two copies of your official college transcript are required. These materials may be sent either using the online application system (preferred), or, mailed as a hard (paper) copy to the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Program at the following address:

Pharmacology Graduate Program, BST8-140, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, 11794-8651, USA  (phone: 1-631-444-3057)


The Graduate School's Deadline for receipt of applications and all supporting materials is January 15, 2019. However, please note that the Pharmacology Graduate Program has a rolling admissions policy, which means that applications are reviewed and decided upon until our Fall Class is filled. In addition the university offers several competitive scholarships that we can consider nominating you for however in this case we need to have your application submitted by January 1. It is therefore in the applicant's best interest to have their completed application and supporting materials received by the January 1, 2019. In addition, applications received prior to January may be evaluated earlier and designated for priority early interviews.  


NOTE: We are now accepting applications for Fall 2019 entry. We do not offer Spring Admissions. Approximately six to ten students are admitted per year.


All accepted applicants have until April 15 to make their decision to accept our program's offers.


MS to PhD Transition 

 Students currently enrolled in a Life Sciences MS Program at Stony Book might be eligible to transition into the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology PhD Graduate Program. Interested students should be conducting their research under the mentorship of a Program faculty member and intend to continue their PhD research in their current lab. The faculty member should submit a letter of support on behalf of the student to the Graduate Program Office. Additional materials might be requested before the Steering Committee of the Graduate Program will make a final admission decision. Requests will be normally only be considered for students with at least a 3.2 GPA.


Pharmacology Preliminary Electronic "Short Form” Application (Optional) 

We realize that it can be cumbersome and expensive to send the complete application required by the Graduate School. To help prospective applicants determine their overall suitability for our training program prior to submitting their full application, we therefore offer an optional screening service, the Short Form Application. If desired, please fill out the electronic short form application available here and then email the completed form to

If your short form application is suitable, we will contact you by December 15, 2018 to recommend that you complete the entire application packet.

Note for International students: We strongly recommend that international applicants use the electronic short form prior to the full application. Please submit the short form by December 10, 2018.


Reactivating a Previous Application: Applicants who applied for admission to the Pharmacology Graduate Program within the last twelve months, but did not enroll, may reactivate their previous application. Contact our program by email stating that you would like your application reactivated for the next class. By the next Jan 15, 2018 deadline, you will still have to reapply online for the next Fall Class. When using this option we strongly encourage you to submit updated material to strengthen your application, such as transcripts with additional courses, retaken GRE scores, an updated Personal Statement, and, if more research experience has been added, revised or new letters of recommendation from your current supervisor.


If you have any questions or concerns about our application process, please email us at