How to Apply

The Graduate Program in Pharmacology no longer accepts the GRE test. Please do not report your GRE score on your application.

Applications must be submitted by December 4th for admission the following year. The Graduate Program in Pharmacology only admits students in the fall term. All application requirements, including payment of the application fee, must be fulfilled before applications are reviewed.

Please read and follow the instructions below to prepare your application, and note that the Graduate School now requires that all materials are submitted electronically. The application and more detailed information can be found here.

  • Required information
  • Optional information
  • Required information


    Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards and Activities, Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statement #1, and Recommendations. (See below for more information about Applicant Statements and Recommendations.)

    Optional fields: All other fields are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted. We recommend completing the Test Information-Self Reported section if you have that information available.

    Access the Online Application

    Letters of recommendation

    The Pharmacology Graduate Program requires three letters of recommendation supporting your application. Individuals providing these letters should be familiar with your work and they should be able to appraise your probability of success in our program. Enter the names and email addresses of your references into the Apply Yourself online application. The system will automatically email your references, requesting that they upload their recommendations. 

    Application statement #1

    A personal statement of goals explaining your immediate and long-range occupational objectives in relation to your major field, being specific about your area of interest.

    Resume or curriculum vita

    Please include work history, list of academic honors and awards, and any research and/or teaching experience. Upload to ApplyYourself in the Program Supplemental Information section. 

    Application fee

    Applications are not complete and will not be reviewed until the fee is paid. Instructions for payment options are included as part of the online Graduate School Application process. The application fee is $75 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, $95 for international applicants.


    Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts; there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material. View tips and instructions for uploading your transcript.

    English language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

    In most cases, official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required if English is not your native language. ETS should send your official TOEFL score to institution code: 6874. There is no department code. Note that if you have taken the IELTS, your scores must be mailed to the Graduate School.

    More information on the English-language requirement may be found here. You are required to report your scores on your application, but are not required to submit your official scores until after admission has been offered.

    Note: The current Graduate School Application for Admission requires three separate written statements: personal statement of goals, a statement on diversity, and an "other statement". You do not have to write extensively for each statement. However, we do need to know why you are applying, your specific areas of research interest, if you have any specific graduate educational plans, and if you have a specific mentor you hope to work with.

    Other information

    Describe current registration information, if you are currently enrolled at an academic institution. List all courses you expect to complete as part of your present program. Include department, course number, descriptive title and number of credits for each course.

    Other supporting documents

    Other supporting documents may include articles or other publications of any research, inventions or creative work you have done.

  • Optional information

    Diversity statement

    If you wish to be considered for a Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) fellowship for underrepresented students, please be sure to indicate this on your program application, and then upload a statement briefly describing how your background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the University’s goal of promoting excellence through diversity of background and experiences. This applies only to U.S. citizens.

    The Pharmacology Program Diversity Statement can be seen on the PhD Degree program page