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The deadline for applications is December 8, 2020.

How to Apply


Applicants should apply online. The application is available here.

In addition to completing the online application, all applications must include:

  • Unofficial copies of grade transcripts (uploaded to your application). Official copies will be required upon matriculation.
  • At least 3 letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation are one of the most important factors in evaluating the candidate as a potential graduate student at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and as a future scientist. It would be most helpful if your letter writer would comment specifically on factors such as student motivation, maturity, intellectual curiosity, potential for research, academic performance, personality, and potential for leadership. In addition, any strengths or weaknesses that could affect the applicant’s performance as a graduate student or scientist should be mentioned. It will also be helpful to rank the applicant with respect to other students.
  • Graduate Record Exam scores are no longer required.

Please note: Our ETS Institution Code for TOEFL is 5316


The Program encourages and welcomes applications from minority applicants, and from applicants with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.


What to Expect

Applications to the Pharmacology Graduate Program are evaluated as soon as all materials are received. Please do not e-mail materials directly to the Program. All documents can be uploaded into the online application. International students, please read the additional International Applicant information.

Qualified candidates are invited to Baltimore to meet faculty and students and to fully explore the graduate training program. We encourage invited applicants to attend our group interview event, scheduled for February 4-5, 2021.

New students entering the program are typically accepted in the Spring and matriculate in August, although early arrival for summer research is encouraged. Successful applicants typically have a bachelor's degree from a qualified college or university with a major in any of the biological, chemical, or physical sciences. Entering students are expected to have completed college-level courses in biology, chemistry (inorganic, organic, and physical), calculus, and physics; a strong background in biochemistry is particularly desirable.