Graduate Program Admission

Application Deadline for Fall 2016 Admission to Ph.D. Program

For students residing in the U.S., please note the following deadlines a completed application must be submitted to the Graduate School to be considered for our on-site January 2016 interview dates:

International students living outside the U.S should submit a completed application by January 15, 2016.

Requirements for the departmental specific portions of the application can be found below. The UK Graduate School has implemented a new online application system that will incorporate the departmental portions of the application. Questions about the process should be directed to

Please note that we do not admit students for program entry in the spring semester. We also do not offer an entry level master's degree program.

A completed application for admission to the graduate program leading to the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences includes the following components:

Application Form

Submit the electronic application available here.

Statement of Purpose

The online application system will prompt you to upload your CV and your statement of purpose. The statement of purpose is an important document that will help our admissions committee decide if your academic preparation, career goals, and research interests are a suitable match for our program. The admission process is designed to identify applicants who have the greatest chance for success in our program. Successful applicants usually have highly competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and obtained a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4, or better.

In your statement of purpose it would be helpful to describe in detail your previous research experiences. You should also clearly indicate which area of the graduate program best suits your interest - Medicinal, Bioorganic & Computational Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Engineering , Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics , Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics (must have a Pharm.D. degree upon entry), or Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy.

GRE Scores

You will be prompted by the online application system to self-report your scores on the verbal, quantitative and writing portions of the general Graduate Record Exam. Official scores are required and must be sent by the Educational Testing Service, directly to the UK Graduate School: Institutional code: 1837. We do not have a minimum GRE score requirement, however, applicants should be aware that entry into this program is highly competitive, and GRE scores are an important predictor of success.

Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts

You will be asked to upload copies of transcripts from all higher education
institutions attended and, in the case of domestic students, to self-report cumulative GPA's for
each institution. If you are offered admission and decide to enroll, you will then be
required to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School.


As part of the online application you will be asked to supply contact information for three faculty or supervisors. Once your application has been submitted, the system will contact each person identified and their recommendations will be submitted directly to us. In addition to the items on the online application common form, we require a letter from each which should be uploaded into the system by the writer.  There is no specific format for the letters, but recommenders are asked to comment specifically on the applicants academic ability, research experience, personal attributes and likelihood for success in a rigorous doctoral program of study. You can check back into your application at any time to see who has submitted a recommendation.


Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if you are an international student.


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