Alumni Outcomes

In a typical cohort, about 80% of students are planning to pursue a terminal degree in the health sciences (~40% pre-health, ~40% pre-PhD), and about 20% are intending to directly enter the workforce. In particular, nearly half of our department’s current PhD students are alumni of our MS programs.

Georgetown has a specialized career office specifically for students in Biomedical Graduate Education that provides advising for career exploration, networking, professional skills, PhD and medical school applications, and job hunting in biotech, lab and clinical research, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and related industries.


Career Paths for Pharmacologists

Students entering the workforce after earning their MS in Pharmacology, either to start a career or for a gap year before further education, pursue many different avenues in government, academic research, and a variety of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consulting companies. Positions range from research associates and lab managers, to clinical trial coordinators, patent examiners, regulatory analysts, and consultants for healthcare and biotechnology companies.

In particular, several of our alumni have become ORISE Fellows at the Food and Drug Administration and have participated in IRTA/CRTA at the NIH.

Some examples of organizations where our alumni have worked:

  • American Chemical Society
  • Catholic University of America
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Columbia University
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Frederick National Laboratory
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia
  • MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Norfolk State University
  • Tufts University
  • United States Air Force
  • US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Some examples of companies where our alumni have worked:

  • Amgen
  • Arbor Scientia
  • AstraZeneca
  • Asuragen
  • Audubon Biosciences
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Capital Biosciences
  • Corcept Therapeutics
  • Emergent BioSolutions
  • Engility Corporation
  • Farlinium
  • Gartner
  • Genentech
  • GENETWORx
  • IBM
  • Janssen
  • Kaiser Associates
  • Merck
  • Millipore Sigma
  • Novartis
  • Novogene
  • Noxilizer
  • Parexel
  • REGENXBIO
  • Sanofi
  • Wedbush Securities

Total graduates 2011-2019, N=119; data unavailable, n=12. Data as of March 2021.
* Data includes alumni intending to pursue further education but not yet enrolled.

Pursuing Further Education

The MS in Pharmacology degree provides a solid foundation for further education in many different fields and a significant “leg-up” on the pre-clinical coursework for those intending to enter medical or dental school. While most of our alumni choose to enter PhD programs and health professional schools, we have also had alumni choose to pursue law degrees and MBAs.

Of particular note, 44% of our current PhD students are alumni of our department’s MS programs.

Some of our alumni choose to take an additional gap year after our program to gain additional clinical or research experience before applying to terminal degree programs. Accordingly, we’ve found that:

  • 85% of our alumni who pursue further education are accepted into a program within 3 years of graduating
  • 75% are accepted within 2 years
  • 65% are accepted within 1 year (either during the program year or in the year immediately following graduation)

PhD, Molecular Medicine, George Washington University

PhD, Neuroscience, George Washington University

PhD, Pharmacology, Georgetown University
(nearly half of our current PhD students are alumni of our MS programs)

PhD, Tumor Biology, Georgetown University

PhD, Biomedical Science, Icahn School of Medicine

PhD, Experimental Medicine, McGill University

PhD, Biomedical Sciences, University of Connecticut

PhD, Pharmacology, University of Florida

PhD, Cellular Biology, University of Maryland

PhD, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Miami

PhD, Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas San Antonio

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Creighton University School of Medicine

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Howard University College of Medicine

Indiana University School of Medicine

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lincoln Memorial University–DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Louisiana State University School of Medicine

Medical College of Georgia

Medical University of South Carolina

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Penn State College of Medicine

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Rosalind Franklin Chicago Medical School

St. George’s University

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Tufts University School of Medicine

Tulane University School of Medicine

University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

University of Aukland School of Medicine

University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine

University of Colorado School of Medicine

University of Maryland School of Dentistry

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

University of Utah School of Medicine

University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine

PharmD, Hampton University

PharmD, Howard University

PharmD, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

PharmD, University of Tennessee

PharmD, University of the Pacific

PharmD, University of Southern California