The Ph.D. program based in the College of Pharmacy is under the jurisdiction of the College of Graduate Health Sciences. The Ph.D. is a research degree that prepares scientists to engage in basic research.

The College of Pharmacy also offers a Pharm.D./Ph.D. Dual-Degree Program for students who wish to obtain a professional degree that will allow them to become a licensed pharmacist, and the Ph.D. degree that will prepare them for a research career.



Applications for the Ph.D. program are accepted from students with a B.S. or M.S. degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biology, mathematics, engineering, or other appropriate disciplines. The normal admission time for new students is in the Fall Semester, which begins about mid-August. Prospective graduate students should submit a completed application form and supporting documents by March 15th for the Fall Semester. The admission requirements are:

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A=4).
  • A minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 1000 (verbal and quantitative on the old general test) or 300 on (verbal and quantitative on the revised general test) and 3.5 on the analytical section
  • Applicants whose native language is not English, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and achieve a minimum score of 213/79 on computer-based/internet-based TOEFL exam.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Payment of the $50 application fee. (NO FEE IF YOU APPLY ELECTRONICALLY)

Pharm.D. - Ph.D. Dual Degree

  • Applicants must first be admitted to the Pharm.D. program at the UT College of Pharmacy before being eligible to apply for the Pharm.D. – Ph.D. dual degree program.
  • Applicants must hold a B.S. or a B.A. degree in one of the sciences, or must have completed three years of education at a college or university which will grant a B.S. or B.A. after completion of one additional year of education at the UT College of Pharmacy.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have completed one year of physical chemistry and one year of calculus. Additionally, courses in biochemistry, human anatomy, analytical chemistry, microbiology, advanced mathematics, and advanced organic chemistry are desirable but not required.
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must have a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 1000 (verbal and quantitative on the old general test) or 300 (verbal and quantitative on the revised general test) and 3.5 on the analytical section
  • Prior research experience, although not required, is strongly encouraged.



A limited number of pre-doctoral fellowships are available on a competitive basis to qualified applicants. These provide an annual stipend of $23,000 plus tuition waiver, and health-insurance coverage for the student.

Pharm.D. - Ph.D. Dual Degree

  • Each student admitted to the program receives a summer stipend for up to $4,000 for the first 3 years of the program in support of the summer research experiences.
  • The student is also eligible to apply for the UT College of Pharmacy Pharm.D./Ph.D. Scholarship which is awarded once per year on a competitive basis to a student that has demonstrated academic excellence in coursework and research in the pursuance of his/her degrees.
  • After completing the Pharm.D. degree, the student will receive an annual stipend of $23,000 and a tuition waiver during the completion of the Ph.D. requirements.


You may apply for admission in one of two ways:

  1. You may submit your application electronically. Complete the application form which is automatically submitted to the Office of Enrollment Services.  THERE IS NO COST FOR THE ELECTRONIC APPLICATION, but official copies of all documents must be sent to:

    Office of Enrollment Services
    The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    910 Madison Avenue, Suite 525
    Memphis, Tennessee 38163

    For non-US applicants, official test scores and three letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the contributing source and not by the student to the Office of Enrollment Services.  Transcripts from any non-US institution MUST be verified and certified to generate a grade point average (GPA).  Service agencies, include, but are not limited to, Educational Credit Evaluation (ECE) at, World Education Services (WES) at, and American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) at  A document-by-document certification is not acceptable.  These agencies charge a fee for service and applicants are responsible for payment.  Documents and other supporting materials should be mailed to the Office of Enrollment Services (address above).

  2. Send a letter or email to Brenda Thornton at the following address if you have any questions in regards to admissions.

    Mary Newell
    Graduate Admissions Coordinator
    College of Pharmacy
    University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    881 Madison Avenue, Ste 440
    Memphis, Tennessee  38163
    OFFICE (901) 448-1060
    FAX (901) 448-4731

Applicant Privacy

To comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy must limit conversations regarding individual students and/or their applications. The faculty and staff of the College may not disclose application information, including admission status, to anyone except the applicants themselves.

Contact Us

Graduate Programs
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Health Science Administration
UTHSC College of Pharmacy
881 Madison Ave., Room 440
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-1060
Fax: 901-448-4731