Pharmaceutical Sciences


Why study Pharmaceutical Sciences?

Students interested in obtaining a full-time research-based PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences are expected to generate innovative research findings under the guidance of a program training faculty with funded research activities.

This degree is obtained by selecting one of the three tracks listed below:

Biomembrane Sciences Track

The goal of the Biomembrane Sciences track is to develop scientists who are skilled in molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying development, growth, and barrier properties of biological membranes as relevant to the etiology and treatment of disease.

Research projects explored by graduate students affiliated with the Biomembrane Sciences track cover a broad range of drug delivery strategies, safety and efficacy evaluation of cosmetic products, development and experimental assessment of mathematical models underlying membrane transport, molecular pharmaceutics leading to innovative drug formulations, rational design of nanocarriers, as well as skin and hair development.

Experimental Therapeutics Track

The goal of the Experimental Therapeutics track is to train scientist with broad-based expertise in preclinical /clinical pharmaceutical sciences for the purpose of effectively translating novel therapeutic entities into the clinic.

Research projects explored by graduate students affiliated with the Experimental Therapeutics track cover cancer biomarkers, neuropharmacology of drugs of abuse (e.g., MDMA), stroke, and epilepsy, neurotoxicity, cancer pharmacokinetics, and drug metabolism.

Health Outcomes Track

The goal of the Health Outcomes track is to train interdisciplinary scholars with expertise in pharma-ceutical sciences, economics, business and quantitative analysis who can apply these skills to con-duct research for improving the health of patients. This relatively new research area is expanding rapidly due to increased demand from the pharmaceutical industry for qualified scientists with a background in the social and administrative areas of pharmaceutical sciences.

Research projects explored by graduate students affiliated with the Health Outcomes track cover a broad range of drug safety topics, pharmacovigilance, drug utilization, pharmacy facility design and operation, as well as pharmacoeconomics.

Admission Requirements

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 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 PhD students for the past two years was 308/4.0). Apply to the 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? 

Transcript Information

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

Unofficial transcripts are sufficient to make offers of admission. However, all official and final transcripts must be received by the Graduate School by 30 days before the start of class enrollment to secure admission offer.

Official transcripts are sent to:

University of Cincinnati
Graduate School
110 Van Wormer Circle
Pox Office Box 00627
Cincinnati, Oho 45221-037

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation (applicants are encouraged to seek letters from individuals who can comment on research experience). Letters of recommendation from family, friends, current students, politicians, or clergy are not accepted.

Non-Matriculated Students

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

  • Completion of Plan of Study
  • Successful passing of PhD qualifier and research proposal
  • Compliance with degree-required seminar and journal club credit hours
  • Cumulative grade point average of all didactic courses ≥ 3.0
  • Min of 90 credit hrs from track-based curriculum outline
  • No failing “F” grade in any of the degree-associated graduate courses
  • Verification of at least one (1) first-author manuscript related to PhD dissertation research that is accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
  • Successful upload of chair-signed dissertation through the Graduate School ETD portal by specified deadline

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

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. If you have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S. college/university, this requirement will be waived.

Application Deadlines

All application documents must be submitted electronically through the online 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

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Corey Bjarnson
231 Albert Sabin Way
3005F Medical Sciences Building
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-6172

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Program Code: 25DOC-PCEU-PHD