MS / PhD Admissions

MS/PhD Students

Application Procedure for Admission of Full-time, Research Intensive MS/PhD Students

Students who have earned at least an undergraduate degree in chemistry, biology, engineering or related disciplines from an accredited institution are eligible to apply for admission to the full-time, research-intensive MS/PhD program in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Similarly, applicants with a completed professional degree such as a PharmD, MD, or DVM meet eligibility requirements. Applicants interested in the PhD degree can directly apply for the PhD track without first obtaining a MS degree. Selection for full-time research-intensive graduate training under the supervision of a qualified Program Faculty is competitive (average GRE score for admitted full-time MS/PhD students for the past two years was 308/4.0). Apply to the MS/PhD Program.

Programmatic minimum admission criteria include:
  • A U.S. bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from foreign country.
  • A grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 or foreign equivalent.
  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of at least 290/3.0 obtained within the past 5 years.
  • If English is not your native language, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 90 (internet-based) or 235 (computer-based) is required.
Supplemental Application Documents

Consideration for admission requires completion of a University Graduate Application and electronic submission the following documents:

  • Curriculum
  • Statement of Purpose (Why do you plan to pursue a research-intensive PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Cincinnati? What is your desired research focus area within the broad field of Pharmaceutical Sciences? Please review the list of qualified Program Faculty and suggest suitable research advisors who can guide your doctoral research experience.)
Transcript information

All college transcripts with evidence of high academic achievement (undergraduate and graduate if applicable; unofficial transcript is sufficient for initial review process)

Chinese Student Applicants: All applicants with transcripts from Chinese institutions will need to have their official, final transcripts verified.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation (applicants are encouraged to seek letters from individuals who can comment on research experience).

Application Deadline is March 1st.

All application documents must be submitted electronically through the on-line portal at the Graduate School Apply Now. Please carefully select the degree path of interest when completing the on-line application as application documents cannot be switched between different tracks.

For questions, please reference the FAQ section or contact

Non-Matriculated Students

If you are interested in exploring Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate-level courses without formal matriculation, please complete the basic data form.

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