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Thank you for your interest in the UK College of Pharmacy Ph.D. Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Throughout our process, applicants will be evaluated for academic record, research experience, and a demonstrated interest in science careers.


  • U.S. applications and International applications Submit a completed application to the Graduate School by December 15, 2023, to be considered for our 2024 interview dates.

The Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. program does not admit students for entry in the spring or summer semesters. We also do not offer an entry-level master's degree program. Please note while there is an option to select summer admission, this is reserved for our students currently enrolled in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program who have been admitted to the dual degree program and instructed to apply for summer admission.


A completed application includes:

  1. A copy of your CV
  2. Statement of Purpose Describe in detail your previous research experience. Also, indicate your area of interest:
  3. Undergraduate & Graduate Transcripts Provide your cumulative GPAs for each institution you attended.
  4. Recommendation Please supply contact information for three faculty or supervisors. Our online system will then contact each person and their recommendations can be submitted online. Your contacts will also be asked for a letter commenting specifically on:
    • Academic ability;
    • Research experience;
    • Personal attributes;
    • Likelihood of success.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS Scores International students are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS scores.

Application Deadline

Applications are due by:

Friday, December 15, 2023 (US and International applications)

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.