We enable students with backgrounds in fundamental sciences to become leaders in pharmaceutical sciences
Located in the vibrant and multicultural city of Chicago, UIC's PhD Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences is one of the strongest and largest of its type in the United States. Our college is consistently ranked in the top ten in terms of funds secured annually from the National Institutes of Health and by US News and World Report. We pride ourselves on giving students from all types of backgrounds the tools they need to become independent researchers. Students in the program select one of the program concentrations, described below.
Welcome from the Director of Graduate Studies Heading link
We are so pleased you are considering graduate studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago! Although Pharmaceutical Sciences is one of the best graduate programs of its kind in the country, our real pride is mentoring students into independent researchers who become leaders in our field. The program has some unique strengths, including providing flexibility to carry out internships in your later years. Have a look around our website. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to reading your application!Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences|
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Program Coursework Heading link
All students in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program take the following courses. Additional concentration coursework is also required and is shown in each of the concentration tabs.
- Drug Discovery, Design, and Development (PSCI 501, 3 credit hours)
- Training in Research Presentation (PSCI 502, 1 credit hour)
- Biostatistics (1 credit hour required). Requirement may be met by
- PSCI 503: Biostatistics for Pharmaceutical Scientists (2 credit hours)
- BSTT 400: Biostatistics I (4 credit hours) [Note: BSTT 400 is required for the Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery concentration]
- Scientific Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research (GC 501, 1 credit hour)
- Research Rotation (PSCI 592; 3-4 credit hours)
PharmD/PhD Joint Program Heading link
Pharmaceutical Sciences participates in the joint PharmD/PhD program, which trains students for careers in academic pharmacy and bench science research. Students admitted to this joint program participate in the PharmD curriculum and pursue original doctoral research projects in the laboratories of the university’s graduate faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The joint program offers the potential of reducing the time of earning both degrees in sequence (9 or more years) by approximately two years. The trade-off is that 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.
Program coordinator: Dr. Lindsay McQuade (email@example.com)
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Pride Points for PhD PSCI Heading link
$ 33,810 annual graduate stipend for students on teaching assistantship or research assistantship
33 internships completed by department graduate students in the last five years
14 students currently on training grant or fellowship
# 7 nationally ranked College of Pharmacy according to US News
# 7 nationally ranked total research funding among Colleges of Pharmacy according to AACP
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The Pharmaceutical Sciences Program at UIC offers a supportive, inclusive environment and rigorous academic preparation for students who are interested in careers in pharmaceutical sciences. If you have any questions about the program or about your application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.