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Combined Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. program in the School of Pharmacy is a full-time program of professional education that offers an opportunity for advanced study in pharmaceutical sciences. The program recognizes the need for pharmacy practitioners with excellent research skills in clinical, academic, industrial and regulatory environments. The program is designed to take advantage of efficiencies in both the Pharm.D. and Ph.D. curricula and to allow Pharm.D./Ph.D. students to complete the program requirements of both programs after approximately six years, with both degrees being awarded at the same graduation ceremony.

Pharm.D./Ph.D. students can focus on the following research areas within the School of Pharmacy: pharmacotherapy and health outcomes, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, biopharmaceutical analysis, pharmaceutics/physical pharmacy, and medicinal chemistry. Students also may focus on pharmacology and toxicology within the School of Medicine. The choice of research area determines the required graduate course requirements.

During their P-2 through P-4 years, Pharm.D./Ph.D. students will complete the required Pharm.D. curriculum using graduate courses in lieu of required Pharm.D. courses and Pharm.D. electives. In addition, Pharm.D./Ph.D. students will engage in graduate research during the summer semesters following the P2 and P-4 years. After their P-4 year and beyond (G-1 and G-2) Pharm.D./Ph.D. students will complete both their graduate course requirements and Ph.D. dissertation research project as full-time graduate students. Stipends and tuition reimbursement may be provided for Pharm.D./Ph.D. students serving as graduate teaching or research assistants.

Students may be admitted into the combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. program their first or second year (P-1 and P-2) of enrollment in the Pharm.D. program. Applicants must demonstrate a good academic record, experience in research (e.g., during summer research fellowships after their P-1 year with one of the School of Pharmacy’s graduate faculty) and successful completion of the Graduate Record Examination. Additionally their application must be sponsored by a graduate faculty member as their prospective major graduate adviser. Appropriate progress of Pharm.D./Ph.D. students in the program will be assessed by the Pharm.D./Ph.D. Subcommittee after each semester until successful completion of their comprehensive exams.



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