Admission Requirements Degree Requirements

Mailing Address:
College of Pharmacy (MC 871)
833 South Wood Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612-7231

Campus Location: 241 PHARM
Program Codes: 20FS1568MS (MS); 20FS1568PHD (PhD)
Telephone: (312) 413-1337
Web Site:
Director of Graduate Studies: Stephanie Crawford

The College of Pharmacy offers work leading to a graduate degree in Pharmacy at both the master’s (MS) and doctoral (PhD) levels. The general area of focus is pharmacy administration, i.e., the social, behavioral, and economic pharmaceutical sciences. Note: These pharmacy graduate degrees are research degrees, not practice degrees. Students who wish apply to the professional degree program in Pharmacy, see requirements for the UIC Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program on the Web Pharmacy (Administration) also participates in a joint PharmD/PhD program; see the Joint PharmD/PhD section of the catalog.

Admission Requirements

Transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

  • Prior Degrees Baccalaureate or doctorate in pharmacy or a related field.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 in work for the first academic degree.
  • Tests Required GRE General.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 600 (paper-based); 250 (computer-based); 90, with subscores of  Reading 21, Listening 21, Speaking 23, and Writing 22 (iBT Internet-based). Minimum TOEFL scores are subject to change. OR
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three (master’s) or four (doctoral) required from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s training, ability, character, and potential for successful completion of the program.
  • Personal Statement Required; 1–2 pages. The statement should address the applicant’s educational and professional objectives.
  • Other Requirements Applicants to the PhD program must have completed a relevant master’s degree prior to matriculation in the doctoral program.

Degree Requirements

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

Master of Science

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 42.
  • Course Work Required Core Courses: EPSY 503; HPA 463; MGMT 541; PMAD 507, 510, 595; SOC 500.
  • Comprehensive Examination None.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Thesis required. No other options are available.
  • Thesis: Students must earn 6 hours in PMAD 598.

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 96 from the baccalaureate, 64 from the master’s.
  • Course Work At least 20 hours must be in 500-level didactic courses.
  • Required Core Courses: HPA 463; PMAD 482, 500, 507, 510, 516, 525, 535, 571, 595, and one PMAD elective; PSCH 443, 543, 545; SOC 500.
  • Examinations Departmental Qualifying Examination: Required for Pharmacy Administration students only.
  • Preliminary Examination: Required.
  • Dissertation Required.
  • Other Requirements Students must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in written and verbal communications and in the use of computer technology, according to the specifications developed for their area.