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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Pharmaceutics, Ph.D.

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Admission Requirements


Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in the areas of Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology by the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Financial support is available to qualified applicants on a limited competitive basis in the form of teaching and research assistantships. Information about assistantships may be obtained from the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


All applicants must submit for admission:

  1. Completed application online.
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  3. Official test reports for the general aptitude portion (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. At least three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s scholarship and research potential.
  5. Official test reports for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination if required.
  6. A one- or two-page statement of purpose.

See the department website for more important details.

All application materials and admissions inquiries for the degree programs in Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology should be addressed to:

Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Graduate Programs Office Manager
University of Houston
521 Science Research 2 Bldg.
Houston, Texas 77204-5037

General Admissions Requirements

All graduate program applicants must have at least a Bachelor of Science degree from either an accredited academic or professional institution comparable to the Bachelor of Science degree awarded at the University of Houston. Students must submit satisfactory scores on the general aptitude portion (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and have a minimum 3.0 (A=4.0) grade point average on all work attempted, graduate and undergraduate, beginning with the semester in which the student took the first of the 60 most recently earned semester hours. GRE scores are evaluated as one information source in the total graduate application.

Applicants also may be asked to take placement examinations given by the department in order to determine eligibility for admission or to indicate deficiencies in undergraduate course work. For additional specific admission requirements, applicants should visit the Pharmacy Admissions website.

All graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, must demonstrate proficiency in English to obtain admission to the university. To fulfill this requirement, applicants must have received their Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or other country where English is the medium of instruction*, or present English test scores from ONE of the following: (1) The IELTS, minimum score 6.5; (2) the TOEFL, Internet-based (iBT), minimum score 79; (3) the TOEFL, Computer-based, minimum score 213; (4) the TOEFL, Paper-based, minimum score 550. To receive a Teaching Assistant appointment, a new student has to demonstrate competency in Spoken English. The IELTS and TOEFL iBT include a speaking test, and are therefore recommended to discharge this requirement before arriving at UH. Otherwise, an admitted student will be required to take the SPEAK or TSE after arriving at UH (minimum scores = 50).

General Requirements:

The degree tracks in Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology consist of courses common to both tracks and specialty course tracks in Pharmaceutics or Pharmacology. These specialty tracks provide essential training in the elected major discipline. The course of study to complete the degree is anticipated to take approximately five years after obtaining the Bachelors degree.

In addition to the course work shown below, students in both Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics must pass oral and written qualifying exams, complete a research project, and write and defend dissertation. If a student completes coursework but cannot complete these others requirements, he/she may be able to finish with a contingent Master’s degree.

Ph.D. In Pharmaceutics

Pharmaceutics is a multidisciplinary science which focuses on the study of the physical, chemical and biological properties of drugs and dosage forms. Cutting across the traditional disciplinary boundaries, pharmaceutics examines the relationship of drug properties to dosage form design, fabrication, evaluation and therapeutic efficacy. Students in the pharmaceutics program may develop research programs in the areas of drug delivery systems, drug stability, dosage forms, drug absorption and disposition, and pharmacokinetics.

Pharmaceutics faculty, located in the facility in the Texas Medical Center, engage in collaborative research projects with other Texas Medical Center institutions. This environment provides students with a wide range of basic and clinical research experience and opportunities to conduct animal and human research. Course work available from other University of Houston departments and Texas Medical Center institutions provides didactic backgrounds which meet the needs of individual students.

Research Requirements

In addition to course work, the students must complete an original research project, write a doctoral dissertation and successfully defend the dissertation before their doctoral dissertation committee to meet the requirements of the doctoral degree. A minimum of 18 credit hours of Doctoral Research (PCEU 8X98)/ Doctoral Dissertation (PCEU 8X99) is required as part of this requirement.

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