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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

    Please provide a concise (1-3 pages), well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how the PhD program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. In addition, please describe how your unique background, life experiences, and/or challenges that you have overcome motivated your decision to pursue a PhD in our program. This document will help our admissions committee decide if your academic preparation, career goals, and research interests are a suitable match for our program. Successful applicants usually have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or better, previous research experience, and research interests that match with those of one or more of our faculty mentors.  Please clearly indicate which research area of the graduate program best suites your interests:

  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.