24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (MCP) program offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison in cooperation with the Center for Training in Pharmacology and Drug Development (CTPDD), offers interdisciplinary graduate training in the field of molecular and cellular pharmacology. 


The primary emphasis of this Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology program at the University of Wisconsin Madison is doctoral training in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology with a focus on integrating these methodologies with modern pharmacology. Other related degree programs under the direction of program faculty are cellular and molecular biology, environmental toxicology, neuroscience, biomolecular chemistry, and genetics.

Pharmacology is the knowledge of the biochemical and physiological actions of drugs, which act on cellular signaling pathways. The molecular basis of cellular signaling and its control by various drugs is a major aspect of modern pharmacology and this aspect is emphasized in the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Training Program. The majority of signal transduction pathways still await discovery or at least a thorough molecular characterization. Members of our program employ the whole spectrum of modern biochemical, cell and molecular biological, physiological, and pharmacological methods in a basic research-oriented scientific environment to unravel the many unsolved mysteries underlying cellular regulation and signaling. Certain research initiatives have a translational component, with the goal of applying basic discoveries to developing new therapeutic modalities. Our program brings together an outstanding group of dedicated trainers with a focus on cellular signal transduction.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a broad understanding of the pharmacological principles that underlie all biological processes.
  • Become aware of the current limitations of the state of understanding of this discipline and the strategies that are required to advance the field of pharmacology.
  • Creates new approaches in research, scholarship, or performance that makes a substantive contribution.
  • Conduct independent research using a breadth of pharmacological processes.
  • Think critically to address research challenges using a broad range of the theories, research methods, and approaches to scientific inquiry.
  • Collaborate with investigators within the program, university, and beyond since current and future advances in pharmacological sciences demand interdisciplinary skills.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Molecular and Cellular Principles in Pharmacology
  • Toxicology 
  • Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms
  • Responsible Conduct of Research for Biomedical Graduate Students
  • Rigor, Reproducibility and Becoming an Effective Researcher
  • Statistical Methods for Bioscience

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts
  • For the purposes of your application, you need only upload unofficial transcripts (it is acceptable to upload an official transcript in electronic format, as long as it is not “secured”).  
  • Please include transcripts for all post-secondary coursework you have completed.
  • A personal statement
  • Information about yourself regarding character, work ethic, etc.
  • A CV or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted electronically
  • Application fee
  • English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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