Under the aegis of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Graduate College, the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy (PSOP) offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacy. The program is highly competitive, attracting students from all over the world, and offers opportunities for individualized work to meet the special needs of each prospective student.
The faculty of the Department of Pharmacy Systems Outcomes and Policy welcome your interest in graduate studies at UIC. This webpage lists the application requirements for the Ph.D. in Pharmacy (concentration in Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy).
Note: Our graduate program does NOT offer pharmacy practice degrees. If you desire to apply to the professional degree program in pharmacy, see the requirements for the UIC Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.
Applicants for the Ph.D. in Pharmacy must apply using the online application for the Graduate Program, which can be accessed on the UIC Office of Admissions and Records. On that page you should apply as a Graduate Student, and then proceed directly to “Section 2.” Please read all of the instructions before completing the on-line application.
In the on-line application under “Planned Course of Study” please indicate your desire for our graduate program, which is listed in the drop down menu as Ph.D. Pharmacy. Note that there is also an option for M.S. Pharmacy. However, the Department enrolls students into this program only under special circumstances. Do not select the M.S. option unless you have permission from the Department.
Applicants must follow instructions on the UIC Graduate College application and submit all requested documents and forms (see below). All applicants are required to upload their documents and academic credentials electronically to satisfy both the program-specific requirements and the admission/institutional requirements. Please visit the Graduate Admissions website for more details on the document upload process.
The completed application form and all related materials, including payment of application fees, must be submitted on-line before your application can be considered.
In addition to the requirements of the Graduate College, the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy requires the following be included in the application. All of these items should be uploaded to the on-line application as instructed above.
1. GRE scores. To expedite application review and processing, you may upload photocopies of your GRE score reports in the on-line application package. However, your official GRE scores must be submitted directly to the University of Illinois at Chicago by the educational testing service.
2. TOEFL scores (international students only). To expedite application review and processing, you may upload photocopies of your TOEFL score reports in the on-line application package. Note that TOEFL scores are not required for US citizens or for individuals with an advanced degree from a US institution. Where required, your official TOEFL scores must be submitted directly to the University of Illinois at Chicago by the educational testing service.
3. Letters of recommendation. The Department requires four completed letters of recommendation. Authors of letters for applicants may either use the UIC recommendation forms and/or regular letterhead stationery for typed and signed letters. Note that after you authorize the release of letters of recommendation (in the on-line application) and complete your application, you will then receive instructions by email on how letters of recommendation should be submitted.
4. A personal statement of educational purpose and career interests. The personal statement should outline the applicant's current or previous work as relevant to plans and objectives for advanced study, describe professional goals and how these were developed, and state the reasons(s) the applicant desires admission to the Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy graduate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The statement should not exceed two pages. Again you will receive an email directing you how to submit the personal statement after you complete the on-line application.
Additional Materials Needed Prior to Admission
Prior to admission, international applicants must complete and submit a Declaration and Certification of Finances form. Also, all students must also have uploaded official transcripts and proof of degree - per University Policy these must be verified by the Graduate College prior to admission.
For further information about applying to graduate programs in the Department of Pharmacy, Systems Outcomes and Policy, please click here to complete our request for information webform.
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