Chemistry and advanced biology.
UToledo’s two-pronged approach to medicinal chemistry makes our graduates more marketable.
If you want a career at the forefront of new drug development, there's nowhere better to study in Ohio than The University of Toledo.
UToledo’s accredited College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has been ranked first in Ohio and eighth in the U.S. for teaching and value. UToledo also is ranked among the nation's best pharmacy schools by U.S. News & World Report.
Our master’s degree and doctoral programs in medicinal chemistry focus on the theory and practice of drug design. Our strength — and what sets us apart from other programs — is our focus on chemistry and advanced biology. Not many universities emphasize both.
Graduate students learn biological techniques to identify targets. They use chemistry to design drugs to affect those targets. This holistic, interdisciplinary approach makes our graduates more marketable.
Employers also love that our medicinal chemistry students are prepared for hands-on research. UToledo graduates of the medicinal chemistry Ph.D. program go on to prestigious doctoral and post-doctoral appointments and high-level jobs in the pharmaceutical industry or academia. M.S. students go on to Ph.D. programs at UToledo or other universities or directly into industry.
Small classes. Our classes are offered in a small-group tutorial format. You have extensive, direct access to faculty mentors.
Intensive research. Begin your doctoral program rotating through at least two faculty laboratories, where you will conduct small research projects. These rotations will inform and inspire your future dissertation work. M.S. students enter a lab during their second semesters.
Internships. Participate in an optional internship with a Toledo, Ohio-based company or one of our international partners. These experiences have turned into career-track jobs for many medicinal chemistry graduates.
Health Science Campus. The pharmacy college's location on UToledo's medical campus allows graduate students to collaborate with others in the health-care field and access research labs, pharmacies and more. All students have access to the chemical instrumentation on Main Campus, as well.
Financial support. Students in the Ph.D. program are often supported throughout the program as teaching assistants or research assistants with funding from research grants. Assistantships generally require teaching and research.
Graduates of UToledo's medicinal chemistry master's and Ph.D. programs have had a 100% job placement rate during the past few years. The interdisciplinary training our graduates receive is in demand in industry and academia.
Non-laboratory opportunities include:
Our graduates have been accepted into doctoral programs and offered postdoctoral fellowships at:
Our graduates in medicinal chemistry have been employed in the following positions:
The UToledo master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in medicinal chemistry are interdisciplinary. Programs can be focused toward synthetic chemistry or biochemistry.
Each student completes a research project and thesis or dissertation.
Fundamental courses in drug design and the biochemical basis of disease are offered during the first year. Students study:
The UToledo Ph.D. program in medicinal chemistry is highly customizable. It combines the study of drug design theory and practice with advanced-level instruction in the biology and chemistry underlying pharmaceutical development.
You will take foundational courses in drug design and the biochemical basis of disease. You also have the freedom to tailor additional course work to your research and career interests.
Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Program Sample Classes
Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants and visiting scholars contribute to a vital research environment at UToledo.
UToledo faculty in the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry are skilled researchers and teachers. They are recognized authorities in their areas of specialization and conduct research that contributes to the development of new treatments, practices and innovations.
Almost $2 million in grant money is awarded annually to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for research and development.
Early in the medicinal chemistry program, students generally rotate through two faculty laboratories, where they conduct small research projects. These experiences help students choose a lab for future dissertation research.
Master’s and doctoral students are trained in applied research in rational drug design. They work closely on research with faculty members for their theses.
UToledo medicinal chemists collaborate with chemistry, biology and medical faculty on research. They are involved in research in: