Graduate Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission consideration into the Ph. D. degree program, an applicant must present evidence with an acceptable academic record and an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or any international student with equivalent qualifications. Applicants are expected to have received adequate training in the fields in which graduate work is planned.

The department Admission Committee will determine adequacy of prior educational background and training and qualification of the student in pharmaceutical science and pharmacy administration to be admitted to the program. Students must have graduated with at least a 3.0 cumulative average on a 4-point scale in a baccalaureate or prior undergraduate/professional training and should have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in order to be considered for admission and financial aid.

The general requirement for admission to the graduate program is a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy degree or a Bachelor's degree in the biomedical sciences/biological sciences/chemistry/ chemical or biochemical engineering (or its qualifying equivalent for international institutions) from an accredited institution. A Bachelor or professional Doctorate degree in pharmacy is preferred. Research experience in undergraduate level work and/or graduate level work as evidenced by program abstracts, poster/paper publications, podium presentations will be favorably viewed. Adequacy in communication skills will be evaluated from TOEFL, GRE scores, written statements made by the candidate, and face-to-face interview when possible.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree require a minimum total of 72 graduate credit hours of which 18 credit hours must be in the specialty area and 6 credit hours in research. In addition, the student must demonstrate proficiency in expository writing, and preliminary written and oral examinations. The Ph.D. degree candidate must pass a qualifying examination and complete and defend a dissertation. The dissertation must advance knowledge in its research area and must be of publishable quality.

Admission to Candidacy

The graduate program of Pharmaceutical Sciences requires that students pass a qualifying and/or a comprehensive examination before they qualify for candidacy. A student shall be admitted to candidacy upon completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. degree, except the dissertation. Detailed requirements for admission to candidacy are available from the Graduate School Rules and Regulations at

Residence Requirements

Students in the Ph.D. program are required to spend at least three semesters in full-time residence, two of which must be consecutive.

Caution to Prospective Students

The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."

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Howard University
Graduate School Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
4th and College Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20059