The PhD Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacy with a subprogram in pharmaceutics requires 72 semester hours of credit.  The degree requires 30 semester hours in didactic coursework, including a minimum of 15 semester hours of pharmaceutics courses.  The remaining 15 semester hours may be fulfilled with interdisciplinary elective coursework.  Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00.

Complete course descriptions can be found in the University Course Catalog

Code Title Hours
PHAR:4146 Drug Disposition and Pharmacokinetics 2
PHAR:4736 Properties of Dosage Forms I (or equivalent) 3
PHAR:4737 Properties of Dosage Forms II 3
PHAR:4800 Chemical and Biophysical Properties of Drugs 1
PHAR:5510 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Seminar (enrollment strongly encouraged for 1 s.h. every semester for a minimum of four semesters) 4
PHAR:5700 Quantitative Research Methods in Pharmacy I 3-4
PHAR:5745 Drug Delivery: Principles and Applications I arr.
PHAR:6700 Advanced Pharmacokinetcs and Pharmacodynamics 3
PHAR:6706 Equilibria Processes 3
PHAR:6710 Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar 1-2
PHAR:6720 Pharmaceutics Research arr.
BMED: 7270 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I (taken in second year) 0
BMED: 7271 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II (taken in second year) 0


Elective Courses
Students choose appropriate electives for individual research objectives.

Comprehensive Examination
Students take the comprehensive examination between the beginning and end of their third year of graduate study.

The dissertation is defended in a final oral examination.

The MS Degree

The MS degree requires at least 30 semester hours, which may include six semester hours of research. The degree usually requires a thesis. To apply to the MS program, please contact the Graduate Program Administrator directly.