The MS degree requires at least 30 semester hours, which may include 6 semester hours of research. The degree usually requires a thesis.  To apply to the MS program, please contact the Graduate Program Administrator directly.

The PhD degree is a research degree conferred upon students who have demonstrated proficiency in their chosen field.  The PhD requires a minimum of 72 semester hours. The PhD degree in pharmaceutics requires  30 credit hours of didactic coursework, of which a minimum of 15 credits must be divisional courses.  The remainder 15 credits may be fulfilled through interdisciplinary elective courses.  Entering students who do not have basic knowledge in all subjects will follow a plan of study in order to complete the divisional requirements during their first two years.  Students entering with an MS degree may apply for exemption of up to 6 credit hours of equivalent coursework.  PhD students take a comprehensive examination between the beginning and end of their third year of graduate study. The dissertation is defended in a final oral examination.

Below are some examples of courses offered.  Complete course descriptions can be found in the University of Iowa Online General Catalog.  


PHAR:6501 Principles and Mechanisms of Chemical Toxicology

This is a modular course in toxicology.  Pharmaceutics students may elect to take these courses to extend their understanding of drug and material safety and toxicity.  Students must have completed a one semester course in Biochemistry prior to enrolling in any of the course modules.


PHAR:5745  Drug Delivery: Principles and Applications

Prerequisites for this course include: PHAR:4736, PHAR:4737 (or equivalent); a one semester course in Biochemistry; one year of Calculus (or Calculus for the Biological Sciences) with completion of or co-registration in Engineering Math IV/Introduction to Differential Equations.


PHAR:6700 Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

One year of Calculus or Calculus for the Biological Sciences is required. Engineering Math IV/Introduction to Differential Equations is highly recommended for this course.


PHAR:5537 Enzymatic Basis of Drug Metabolism

Current literature on catalytic and physical properties, distribution, and substrate specificity of enzymes involved in mammalian drug metabolism.