GRADUATE PROGRAM CHANGES

The PhD in Medicinal Chemistry program is now a Concentration (Chemistry in Drug Discovery) within the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences Program.  Please visit the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences page for more information and to apply.

PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a comprehensive and rigorous graduate program in medicinal chemistry leading to MS and PhD degrees. Students are only admitted to the PhD program. Medicinal Chemistry is focused on the discovery and development of biologically active agents with potential therapeutic application. The program offers concentrations in analytical and chemical toxicology, biomedicinal chemistry, computational medicinal chemistry, structural biology and synthetic medicinal chemistry. Individual faculty profiles should be consulted for their specific areas of research interest.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Baccalaureate Field: Pharmacy, chemistry, or the biological sciences.
Prior academic work should include a year each of biology and organic chemistry.
(Note: No financial support is offered to applicants to the MS program.)
Grade Point Average: At least 3.00 (A=4.00) for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study.
Tests Required: GRE general. The GRE Advanced Chemistry or Biology test is recommended.
Minimum English Competency Test Score:

  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based); or 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), OR,
  • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
  • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.

GRE and TOEFL submission code: 1851
Letters of Recommendation: Three required.
Personal Statement: Required.
Other Requirements: PhD applicants strongly preferred.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Minimum Semester Hours Required: 96 from the baccalaureate.
Course work: At least 26 semester hours must be in didactic courses.
Required Core Courses: GCLS 501, MDCH 561, MDCH 592 (4 hours) , MDCH 595 (2 hours: 1 hour literature seminar and 1 hour dissertation seminar).
Program Concentrations: 
Students must select one of five concentrations:

  • Analytical and Chemical Toxicology
  • Biomedicinal Chemistry
  • Computational Medicinal Chemistry
  • Structural Biology
  • Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry

Required Concentration Courses:

  • Analytical and Chemical Toxicology – MDCH 412, 562, 571
  • Biomedicinal Chemistry – GCLS 502; MDCH 412
  • Computational Medicinal Chemistry – MDCH 572
  • Structural Biology – BCMG 513, MDCH 564
  • Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry – MDCH 560, 562, 564, 571, 573.

Recommended Electives:

  • Analytical and Chemical Toxicology – Elective courses selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. Suggested electives include MDCH 572, and 594; PCOL 505 and 508.
  • Biomedicinal Chemistry – Elective courses selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. Suggested electives include GCLS 503, 504, 505; MDCH 562, 594; BCMG 513, 561, 563; MIM 552.
  • Computational Medicinal Chemistry – elective courses selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. Suggested electives include GCLS 502; MDCH 564, 594; BCMG 513; BIOE 407; CHEM 542 and 558; BSTT 400; CS 559; ECE 560.
  • Structural Biology – elective courses selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. Suggested electives include MDCH 412, 562, 571, 572, 594; CHEM 553, 554 and 558; GCLS 502.
  • Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry – elective courses selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. Suggested electives include MDCH 572, 594; CHEM 532, 533, 535, 545 and 553

Examinations:

  • Departmental Qualifying Examination: Required; passing this examination permits doctoral students to bypass the formal requirement of writing a master’s thesis. Good academic standing required for eligibility to take the examination (given following completion of the second semester of required coursework).
  • Preliminary Examination: Required: oral.

Dissertation: Required, including oral defense.
Other Requirements: Candidates must TA in one or more of the courses offered by the College of Pharmacy or the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

 

Application Procedures

First you must apply online: https://admissions.uic.edu/graduate-professional/apply

PLEASE NOTE: Waiting to submit a complete application for Fall semester after January 1st of that calendar year will substantially reduce the chances of being admitted with an offer of financial support.

Financial Assistance

Most students in the program receive financial support as a Teaching or Research Assistant, or as University Fellow.

Graduate college

For more information, please see the Graduate college website

Graduate College

Douglas D. Thomas, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies, Medicinal Chemistry Program

900 S. Ashland Avenue, 3302 MBRB, MC 781, Chicago, Illinois 60607