The South Carolina College of Pharmacy is composed of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences. The Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences offers advanced degrees with specialization in the areas of medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacology. The Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences offers advanced degrees with specialization in the area of pharmaceutical and health outcomes sciences.
For admission to the Ph.D. degree program in the area of medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacology, an undergraduate degree in pharmacy or in related physical sciences, such as chemistry, biochemistry, or biology, is recommended. For admission to the Ph.D. program in the area of pharmaceutical and health outcomes sciences, an undergraduate or professional degree in a health or business-related discipline is recommended. A graduate admissions committee of the college reviews all applicants to the Ph.D. program. Review of complete applications will begin by March 1st. The application deadline by which all files must be complete is April 15, and applications that do not meet this deadline will not be considered for fall admission. Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum overall grade point average equivalent of B and minimum GRE scores of 1050 (verbal and quantitative sections) and 4 (analytical section). The average GRE score for students admitted between 2006-2009 was 1150. Applicants whose native language is not English are also required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 80 (internet-based). Requests for information regarding programs, policies, and the admission process can be submitted electronically
Following the recommendation of the graduate admissions committee, all students must be admitted by the Dean of the Graduate School. Admission is for the specific purpose stated by the Graduate School and the student must reapply in order to pursue further study or change the degree sought. Non-degree students must also be admitted by the Graduate School. It should be noted that students are allowed to obtain a degree in accordance with the regulations in place at the time they are admitted to degree candidacy.
**Note: We are currently not accepting applicants directly into the M.S. program.
Candidates interested in applying must do so through the University of South Carolina Graduate School.
As part of the online application process, we require a statement of purpose. This narrative statement should briefly describe (1) your past academic course work, research experiences, and/or relevant job experiences; (2) your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and (3) your career goals and how this graduate degree will help you achieve those goals. You may also describe your research interests and whether you are willing to consider a variety of research projects and advisors