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Academic Opportunities Offered

The College offers several different types of educational programs and opportunities:  the Doctor of Pharmacy program, graduate programs, and post-Pharm.D. residency and fellowship programs. In addition, there are two joint-degree programs and continuing education offerings.

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is designed for students who want to become licensed, practicing pharmacists. The UIC program is highly competitive, and admits around 160 new students each year. The program take four years to complete. There are specific undergraduate courses that must be completed to qualify for admission to pharmacy school.

Graduate programs lead to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. At UIC, graduate programs are officially offered by the Graduate College, but different colleges house programs related to their disciplinary specialties. This College has four Ph.D. programs: Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, and Pharmacy. The first three are laboratory-based, while Pharmacy is social science based. Each program has separate entrance requirements. There is also a stand-alone M.S. program in Forensic Science.

Residency and fellowship programs are available for specialty study beyond the Pharm.D. degree. These programs provide pharmacists with opportunities to expand their knowledge and experience, and to master specialty areas.

Joint Programs currently include the PharmD-PhD Program, the PharmD – MSHI Program and the PharmD - MS-CTS.
In the first of these, the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree may be earned jointly with one of the PhD degrees housed in the College. In the second, the PharmD is earned jointly with the MS in Health Informatics.  In the third, the PharmD is earned jointly with the MS in Clinical and Translational Science.

Continuing Education provides the opportunity for pharmacists to continue their education through web-based short course offerings.