All students entering the program will participate in a minimum of 2 rotations, each lasting 6-8 weeks, prior to joining a research group. Assignment of a student to a research group/mentor will occur following the completion of rotations based on mutual agreement by the student, advisor, and subprogram director.
A 2020 survey conducted by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists found a mean pharmacy Ph.D. salary of $170,000 a year, with a further $32,300 in bonuses and $3,800 in outside income, for a total of $206,100. The top 25 percent earned more than $210,000 per year, with $50,000 in bonuses and incentives. The bottom 25 percent earned less than $119,700, while 50 percent of respondents earned less than $159,100.
Pharmaceutical scientists develop and test new drugs and bring them to market. It's possible to enter the field with a bachelor's or master's degree, but leading positions in the field require a Ph.D.
Job opportunities after earning a Ph.D. are varied and offer a great deal of career flexibility.
Our faculty educate PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in the chemistry and biology of drug discovery. We offer an interdisciplinary course of study and world class faculty with leading edge research projects resulting in a quality education and rewarding careers in the pharmaceutical industry and academia. Our outstanding faculty and students ensure a friendly and unique learning and research experience in a pleasant affordable small city in the heart of Iowa.