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PharmD/PhD Program


The objective of the joint program is to train 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 by counting some requirements toward the completion of both degrees. 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.

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 B14J, Chicago, Illinois 60612