A master's degree may be earned during the completion of the PhD.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Requirements

    All applicants must:

    International applicants must:

    • Take one of these English proficiency tests:

    International applicants are exempt from submitting an official English proficiency score if:

    • The degree was earned from an institution where the language of instruction is exclusively English. This exception does not apply if some classes completed were taught in a language other than English. Verification from the school may be required.
    • The degree was earned from a country where the official language is English (e.g., United States of America, Australia, England).
  • Application Deadlines

    The College of Pharmacy admits new graduate students for the fall term only. The deadline for each PhD program is:

    • Medicinal Chemistry: December 1
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences: December 1
    • Clinical Pharmacy Translational Science: December 1 
  • How to Apply

    All applicants to our PhD programs use the online application provided through the Rackham Graduate School.


    Note: Our PhD programs do not generally accept applications to do PhD work with specific faculty. The normal process is to apply to the PhD program through the Graduate School (as described).

    Your application will then be considered along with all the other applications we receive. During their first year, our students perform research rotations in faculty labs, and at the end of the winter term, students are matched with a faculty member who will mentor them through their PhD studies.

  • Application Fees
    • Fees are waived for U.S. citizens and permanent residents
    • $90 for international applicants

    Rackham will not process an application without the application fee, nor can the College review applications prior to the payment of this fee. The fee is waived for applicants to the Clinical Pharmacy Translational Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry and the Pharmaceutical Sciences programs who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

    Some fee waivers are available from the Rackham Graduate School; for more information click here.

  • Required Documents

    The following documents are required for application to our PhD programs and are due, with your online application, by the deadline:

    • Official GRE scores
      • Clinical Pharmacy Translational Sciences:
        • The GRE is not required.
      • Medicinal Chemistry:
        • The GRE is not required.
      • Pharmaceutical Sciences:
        • The GRE is not required.


    • One set of official academic transcripts from completed degree(s)


    • Academic Statement of Purpose
      • A concise (1-2 pages), well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how the PhD program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
    • Personal Statement
      • A concise (500-word limit) essay that describes how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a PhD in our program. Please do not simply restate your Academic Statement of Purpose.
    • Three letters of recommendation
      • These should be written by people capable of evaluating your academic progress and potential for graduate study. Letters must be submitted directly by each recommender.
      • Recommenders should submit the Recommendation form and their letters using the online application site. This is the preferred method of submission; so please be sure to enter information for each of your recommenders on your application as required.
      • If a recommender is unable to access the site after you have submitted your application, he or she can email the letter directly to the PhD program.
      • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the letters of recommendation are submitted by the deadline. Late letters may result in a delay in processing your application. Click here for more information on submitting letters.

    International applicants must also submit:

    • Certificates of degrees with dates awarded
      • For transcript requirements for international applicants, please click here
    • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores
      • For information about TOEFL and other test scores that the Rackham Graduate School will accept, click here.
        • TOEFL scores are sent electronically from ETS directly to the University of Michigan (institution code: 1839).
        • IELTS, ECPE, and MELAB scores are sent directly from the testing agency to the Rackham Graduate School at the following address:

    Rackham Graduate School
    915 E. Washington St.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

    • After admission to the program: The Affidavit of Financial Resources and Immigration Information for International Students, with supporting documentation, is required. This form is necessary, regardless of funding.
  • E-Mail Contacts, Mailing Addresses, and Departmental Links

    General questions about applying to College of Pharmacy programs can be submitted by e-mail using the following addresses:

    Complete department mailing addresses, as well as program information, are available via these links.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)