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The objective of the graduate program in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is to provide graduate students at the PhD level with expertise in the area broadly defined as the pharmaceutical sciences, with emphasis in bioanalytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacometrics, and drug delivery. The particular area chosen by the graduate student for a research topic receives special emphasis. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency, knowledge, and research capabilities in his or her chosen specialty, in addition to a fundamental appreciation of all those areas encompassed by the pharmaceutical sciences.

Refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for the curriculum.


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


Applications for the PhD program are accepted from students with a BS or MS 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. More information can be found at College of Graduate Health Sciences admissions page. The admission requirements are:

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • A combined score (verbal and quantitative) of at least 1000/300 on the old/revised Graduate Record Examination
  • Native language must be English or have graduated from an institution where English is the used language
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • No application fee
Financial Aid

We offer a tuition wavier, stipend and health insurance. Students may also apply for other fellowships.

Request for Application Materials

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 fee 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 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.
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Program Documents

Graduate Seminars

The Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar series is held Mondays, 4-5 p.m. in room 101 in the COP building.

Last Published: Nov 7, 2017