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College of Pharmacy

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Combination Degree Programs

Pharm.D. + Ph.D.

Train for the rewarding challenges and opportunities of academic pharmacy and biomedical research with a combined Pharm.D. / Ph.D.

The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy's Pharm.D./Ph.D. program is a rigorous research program for students who want to combine clinical learning and research investigation. The combination degree program makes it possible for you to earn a Pharm.D. and Ph.D. degree together and often in a shorter timeframe than earning the two degrees separately.

Students who earn concurrent graduate degrees are well positioned for the teaching and research of an academic career or for work in government or industrial settings. Both the deep knowledge of graduates and rigors of completing the accelerated program translate well into many scientific disciplines that are essential to medical and pharmaceutical research.

UofSC pharmacy students who are interested in the Pharm.D./Ph.D. degree must be prepared to meet all requirements of the Graduate School and submit a dissertation prior to award of the degree.

You may transfer up to nine credit hours for graduate credit if you have prior graduate coursework. Normally, the average minimum length of time required to complete the master's degree is two years, and is five years for the Ph.D. degree.

All graduate students, in consultation with their major adviser and advisory committee, must develop an individualized program of study by the end of their third semester. An average grade of “B” or better is required in all courses within your program of study. Grades below “C” are considered as failure. You must also participate in the departmental seminar program (PHAR 712) every year during your tenure in the graduate program.

All graduate students specializing in pharmaceutics or medicinal chemistry who have not successfully completed physical chemistry (CHEM 541 and 542) requirements must do so during their first year of residence.


Requirements for UofSC Pharm.D./Ph.D. Application

  • Completion of pre-pharmacy curriculum
  • Admission into the UofSC College of Pharmacy's Pharm.D. program

All UofSC Pharm.D./Ph.D. combination degree candidates must successfully complete at least 60 hours of graduate course work and, in consultation with your major adviser and advisory committee, must develop an individualized program of study by the end of your third semester. An average grade of “B” or better is required in all courses within your program of study. Grades below “C” are considered as failure. You must also participate in the departmental seminar program (PHAR 712) every year during your tenure in the program.

All graduate students specializing in pharmaceutics or medicinal chemistry who have not successfully completed physical chemistry (CHEM 541 and 542) requirements must do so during their first year of residence.

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree are required to complete four departmental seminar courses (PHAR 712A-D). A maximum of four hours credit can be earned for PHAR 712. You are required to submit a dissertation based upon original research, meeting all requirements of The Graduate School, prior to awarding of your degree.

  • PHAR 712A Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PHAR 712B Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PHAR 712C Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PHAR 712D Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PHAR 896 Doctoral Directed Research
  • PHARM 899 Dissertation Preparation

You will take up to three graduate-level courses as electives for the Pharm.D. to earn 0 to 9 hours. Electives must be approved by the Ph.D. advisory committee as appropriate for one of the specialty areas.

Coursework includes two to five graduate-level courses not taken for the Pharm.D. degree for seven to 15 credit hours.

The program’s doctoral directed research is valued at up to 29 hours.


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