Applying for Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Admission Steps

Application Deadlines and Form

For students residing in the U.S., a completed application must be submitted to the Graduate School by December, 15, 2017, to be considered for our on-site January 2018 interview dates. The application deadline for students residing outside the U.S. is December 31, 2017.

Requirements for the departmental specific portions of the application can be found below. The UK Graduate School has implemented a new online application system that will incorporate the departmental portions of the application. Submit the electronic application available here. Questions about the process should be directed to

Please note that the College does not admit students for program entry in the spring semester. We also do not offer an entry level master's degree program.

A completed application for admission to the graduate program leading to the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences includes the following components:

Statement of Purpose

The online application system will prompt you to upload your CV and your statement of purpose. The statement of purpose is an important document that will help our admissions committee decide if your academic preparation, career goals, and research interests are a suitable match for our program. The admission process is designed to identify applicants who have the greatest chance for success in our program. Successful applicants usually have highly competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and obtained a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4, or better.

In your statement of purpose it would be helpful to describe in detail your previous research experiences. You should also clearly indicate which area of the graduate program best suits your interest - Medicinal, Bioorganic & Computational ChemistryPharmaceutical Chemistry & EngineeringPharmacology & Experimental TherapeuticsClinical and Experimental Therapeutics (must have a PharmD degree upon entry), or Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy.

Submitted GRE Scores

You will be prompted by the online application system to self-report your scores on the verbal, quantitative and writing portions of the general Graduate Record Exam. Official scores are required and must be sent by the Educational Testing Service, directly to the UK Graduate School: Institutional code: 1837. We do not have a minimum GRE score requirement, however, applicants should be aware that entry into this program is highly competitive, and GRE scores are an important predictor of success.

Submitting Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts

You will be asked to upload copies of transcripts from all higher education institutions attended and, in the case of domestic students, to self-report cumulative GPAs for each institution. If you are offered admission and decide to enroll, you will then be required to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School.


As part of the online application you will be asked to supply contact information for three faculty or supervisors. Once your application has been submitted, the system will contact each person identified and their recommendations will be submitted directly to us. In addition to the items on the online application common form, we require a letter from each which should be uploaded into the system by the writer. There is no specific format for the letters, but recommenders are asked to comment specifically on the applicants academic ability, research experience, personal attributes and likelihood for success in a rigorous doctoral program of study. You can check back into your application at any time to see who has submitted a recommendation.

Submitting TOEFL or IELTSS Scores

Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if you are an international student.