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PharmD/PhD Program


The joint PharmD/PhD trains students for careers in academic pharmacy and bench science research. Students participate in the PharmD curriculum and pursue original doctoral research projects in the laboratories of faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

By counting some course requirements toward the completion of both degrees, the joint program can reduce the total time of earning the degrees by about two years. Both degrees are awarded at the end of the training period and neither degree can be received before the other is completed.

The PharmD/PhD program is for exceptional, highly motivated and achieving students ready to meet the challenge of increased academic load and independent research project.

Admission Requirements and Application Process Heading link

Students may apply to the joint PharmD/PhD degree program at the same time as when applying to the PharmD program or within the first two years after their acceptance into the PharmD program.  Students must be accepted by both programs. Please note: the PharmD/PhD program is not offered in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes, and Policies.

Lindsey McQuade, PhD Heading link

Director, Research & Graduate Resources

833 S Wood St 531c, Chicago, Illinois 60612