Admissions Procedures

IMPORTANT NOTICE: DUE TO COVID-19, GRE SCORES &APPLICATION FEES ARE WAIVED. 

See below for Application Waiver code.

The department of Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Chemistry is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive campus community of students from every financial background. That’s why, especially due to COVID, we want to make sure our application fee does not pose a barrier for any student who wishes to apply. If paying the application fee would cause a hardship for you and your family, an admission application fee waiver code can be sent to you when you send an email to phceu@pharm.utah.edu stating "I understand and meet the eligibility requirements to request an admission application fee waiver based on the Admissions Requirements." Requesting a fee waiver will NOT disadvantage your application in any way.  Please note that the waiver is only for applications submitted prior to the  12/1 deadline.


Graduate Admissions

The procedures involved in applying for Ph.D. graduate study in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry are described below. To learn more about different areas of research offered, view the areas of research page.


Application Deadlines

December 1st.

Application Procedures

All applicants are required to use the Apply Yourself online application system through the Admissions Office. Below is a list of materials you will need to complete the process.

  • Academic Transcripts. Official copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent directly by the institution (not the applicant). For foreign institutions, include official transcripts in the original language, plus official English translations if the original language is not English.

  • GRE Scores. An official report of scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) should be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Admissions Office. Use the institutional code for the University of Utah, 4853, and the department code for Pharmaceutical Chemistry, 0613.

  • Letters of Reference. We require at least three letters of personal reference from course instructors, research supervisors, or employers who are directly familiar with your abilities and performance. The recommender may use the Apply Yourself online system

  • Personal Statement. A two-page personal statement (approximately 500 words) outlining your background, research interests (including possible faculty research advisors), goals, and reasons for applying to our graduate program, even for specific areas of research.

  • Potential Areas of Research. Applicants should choose among the areas of research offered. See also our research page, and look up individual faculty members by areas of research here.

For international students only.


TOEFL scores. An official report of scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required and should be directly sent to the Admissions Office. You will need to use code 4853 for the International Admissions Office.

For students requesting an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility, the following will need to be provided by the applicant:
1. A financial statement with supporting documents showing a minimum amount in U.S. dollars to cover the first year tuition and living expenses is required.
2. A copy of the first page of applicant's current passport or national ID card.


Admission Standards

Applicants must have received, prior to commencing graduate study, a bachelor's degree from an accredited institute, college, or university.

Requirements include a B.S. degree in

  • Pharmacy

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

  • Chemical engineering

  • Related areas

Applicants are expected to have mastered basic material and fullfilled the prerequistes in the following areas:

  • One year of Organic chemistry with laboratories

  • One year of Physical chemistry

  • One year of Calculus

  • One semester of anatomy, cell biology, developmental biology, classical genetics, or physiology

All aspects of an application will be seriously considered during the evaluation process. However, students should have a grade point average equivalent to 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale. International students should have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test, or a 100 (recommended) on the computer-based test out of a 120-point scale. Average GRE scores are approximately 158 (verbal), 160 (quantitative), 4.5 (analytical).


Financial Aid/Fellowships


Students making satisfactory progress in the Department typically receive stipend support and tuition waivers throughout their graduate studies. Most Pharmaceutics graduate students are supported by individual faculty members as full-time Research Assistants. Information regarding the research of an appointment in Pharmaceutics may serve as your research advisor, including tenure-track faculty, research faculty, and adjunct faculty. We encourage you to contact faculty members directly at the e-mail addresses shown on their web pages in order to seek out potential research projects and to explore avenues of support. The Admissions Committee has no direct role in determining whether or not a particular faculty member will offer student funding, so it is in your best interest for you to play an active role in this process. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the types of research being conducted by a professor, and have the potential to participate in and contribute to these lines of research. Because this research will likely constitute part of your Ph.D. dissertation, and your future career it should be an area of genuine interest to you.

Entering students will have the opportunity to do two rotations during the first semester. Subsequent semesters students will need to choose and advisor to support their stipends. Graduate tuition is paid by the College of Pharmacy for full-time, supported students who abide by the rules for such benefits. Students are responsible for any extra fees, including international fees (if applicable).

See the Graduate School policy and guidelines for tuition benefits.


Additional Information

If you need additional information, please contact our graduate student coordinator, either by telephone (801)581-7831 or e-mail (phceu@pharm.utah.edu).


Mail Address

Send GRE and TOEFL scores:

Admissions Office
University of Utah
201 South 1460 East #250S
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA

We look forward to receiving your application.

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