Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

College of Pharmacy
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Graduate Studies in Pharmacognosy

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PROGRAM OUTLINE
The Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy offers studies leading to degrees in Pharmacognosy at both the masters and doctoral levels. Major research areas concern the isolation, structure elucidation, bioassay and mechanism of action of plant constituents having biological activity. The department also offers work leading to graduate degrees in Medicinal Chemistry. Studies in biomolecular interactions and structural biology are also pursued. Individual faculty profiles should be consulted for their specific areas of research interest.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Baccalaureate Field: Pharmacy, chemistry, or the biological sciences.
Prior academic work should include a year each of biology and organic chemistry.
Grade Point Average: At least 3.00 (A=4.00) for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study.
Tests Required: GRE general.
Minimum TOEFL Score: 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based)
GRE and TOEFL submission code: 1851

Letters of Recommendation: Three required.
Personal Statement: Required.
Other Requirements: PhD applicants strongly preferred.

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

Master of Science
Minimum Semester Hours Required: 32.
Course work:
At least 16 hours must be in didactic courses.
Required Courses: PmPg 480, 510, and one hour of 595.
Comprehensive Examination:
None.
Thesis or Project:
Thesis required. No other options available.
Other Requirements:
Candidates must assist in one or more of the courses offered by the college or the department.

Doctor of Philosophy
Minimum Semester Hours Required: 96 from the baccalaureate.
Course work: At least 26 semester hours must be in didactic courses.
Required Courses:
PmPg 480, 510, and two hours of PmPg 595.
Electives: Vary by student’s area of research interest; PmPg 521, GCLS 501, MdCh 560, and 562 are recommended. At least 4 hours must be in 500-level courses outside the program.
Qualifying Examination: None, incorporated into Preliminary Examination.
Preliminary Examination: Required; written and oral.
Dissertation: Required, with an oral defense.
Other
Requirements: Candidates must assist in one or more of the courses offered by the college or the department.

APPLICATIONS

Application procedure:

First you must apply online: http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/grad/apply_grad_degree.html

PLEASE NOTE: Waiting to submit a complete application for Fall semester after January 1st of that calendar year will substantially reduce the chances of being admitted with an offer of financial support.

The process for the submission of documents is changing.

Beginning with Summer/Fall 2013 applications, applicants will no longer submit paper credentials. All applicants are required to upload their documents and academic credentialselectronically to satisfy both program-specific requirements and admission/institutional requirements. Please visit the Graduate Admissions website for more details on the document upload process: http://oar.uic.edu/grad/document_upload 

Note that all Spring 2013 applicants are still required to submit program-specific application materials directly to the program office (using the procedures in place up to this time), and paper credentials (transcripts, etc.)  to the Graduate Admissions Office at the following address:

University of Illinois-Chicago
Office of Admissions
Box 7994
Chicago, IL 60680

Also fill out and send to Dr. Orjala the request for graduate appointment which includes space for your personal statement:
http://grad.uic.edu/sites/default/files/legacy/pdfs/grad_appt.pdf


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Most students in the program receive financial support as a Teaching or Research Assistant, or as University Fellow.

Program Specializations
The Graduate Program in Pharmacognosy has four tracks. Students select from one of the following specializations:
1. Natural Products Drug Discovery
2. Medical Ethnobotany
3. Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
4. Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Individual tracks may have additional didactic course requirements.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For additional information about Graduate Studies in Pharmacognosy, please visit the Information Hub for Applicants and Students first, then if you have additional questions, contact: 

Dr. Jimmy Orjala
Director of Graduate Studies in Pharmacognosy
College of Pharmacy
University of Illinois, Chicago
833 South Wood Street (M/C 781)
Chicago, IL 60612-7231
Phone: (312) 996-5583
Fax: (312) 996-7107
E-mail: pharmacognosy@uic.edu