Prospective Students

We have strived to build an outstanding group of faculty mentors whose research expertise lies in many areas along the drug discovery and development process. Our group of training faculty consists of 52 members, eleven of whom hold primary appointments in the Department of Pharmacology. The other faculty members hold primary appointments in the Departments of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, Chemistry, Clinical Pharmacology, Environmental Health Sciences, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Oncology, and Urology. Our training faculty are dedicated mentors who foster the inclusive research environment that is key to the success of our training program.

The diverse backgrounds and previous experience of our trainees greatly enhance the Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences Training Program. We are committed to recruiting and training a strong, diverse group of trainees, and welcome all applicants without discrimination, including: applicants from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, groups with disabilities, trainees from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, the LGBTQ community, women, and international students. As a result, the diversity within our training program places our program in the top third most diverse programs of all Johns Hopkins PhD programs.

Currently, over 40 students are pursuing doctoral degrees in the department with over 400 additional Ph.D. candidates in other basic science departments of the School of Medicine.

An equal number of medical students and more than 1,000 students in the Bloomberg School of Public Health share the campus of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.


The Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences Program encourages and welcomes applications from minority applicants, and from students with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students from these groups are encouraged to apply for the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) as part of their application to the Pharmacology program. See below for more information on the VTSI -- please note the earlier application deadline.

Combined M.D./Ph.D. Applicants

Applicants wishing to pursue a combined M.D./Ph.D degree should apply to The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Included with this application package are materials providing information relevant to graduate studies; candidates should indicate on these forms their specific interest in the graduate program in pharmacology. A separate application to the Ph.D. program is not required.

For more information, applicants should visit the AAMC website.