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Admissions for PhD Programs

Admissions Requirements

Applications for Fall 2018 admission to all PhD programs are now open. The admissions deadline for Fall 2018 entry is January 10, 2018.

Who Can Apply

Applicants to the Pharmacology, and Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutics programs must have, or nearly have, at least a Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry or a related discipline. In addition, applicants to the Pharmacology program must have taken at least 3-credit hour course in human physiology and at least one 3-credit hour course in biochemistry. A minimum undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale is required.

Applicants to the Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy Ph.D. program must have either completed or expect to complete a B.S. degree in a similar area with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.

For all programs, a GRE exam score is required. This score will be considered as part of the total application package.

We DO NOT offer a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology or Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry at the present time.

Application Process

Before you start your application, please make sure you are applying for the correct program (Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry; or Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy). Check with the academic advisor if you are not sure; contact information is at the bottom of this page. Students are only admitted in the Fall semester of the academic year (Spring semester admission is not available).

1.  Go to, and follow the instructions

2.  Please review and comply with the following special instructions:

  • If you would like to submit abstracts, manuscripts or other documents describing your accomplishments or special qualities, you may upload them as PDFs to Additional/Supplemental Materials.
  • For the application, you may upload a scan of your transcript. If accepted, you will be required to submit an official, stamped paper transcript. 
  • We do not have an official degree program in Medicinal Chemistry yet. If this is your interest, choose 'Pharmacology' as your program and indicate in the box 'List any other factors which you believe enhance your abilities for graduate studies' that you have an interest in 'Medicinal Chemistry.' In addition, e-mail Ms. Nieto (see below), so we can flag your application.
  • The campus code for GRE and TOEFL score delivery is 6870. There is no department code.
  • The resume should be restricted to professional and academic achievements. A list of publications and research experiences is very helpful.
  • Letters of recommendation must be on official letterhead, and written and properly signed by teachers, mentors, work supervisors or others with whom you have had professional relationships.  They should directly address your academic abilities, scientific talents, work habits and personal character. Letters not meeting these qualifications will be disregarded.
  • The statement of purpose should be no more than 2-3 pages long, and discuss your research interests, career goals, motivation and background. You also can highlight relevant achievements, and summarize your research experience.
  • Application fees (payment must be made with credit card only)
    Domestic Students: $25 for Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology; $50 for Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy
    International Students: $100 for Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology; $150 for Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy
  • No personal checks or cash will be accepted.

International Applicants

Transfer Students

Transfer students should follow the same application process, as specified above. Students may be able to transfer a maximum of 9 credit hours of completed course work from an accredited program, as long as those credits were not used to complete a previous degree. Transfer students can seek admission only for the Fall semester (Spring admission is not available to any students). Please check with the Academic Advisor for the degree program of interest before applying.

For more information, please contact: 

Melissa Nieto
Graduate Academic Advisor
Health Building 2
College of Pharmacy
4849 Calhoun Road, Room 6007
Houston, TX 77204-5037

Phone: 713-743-7725
Fax: 713-743-1222