Sep 23, 2020  
USC Catalogue 2019-2020 
USC Catalogue 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Pharmacy/Doctor of Philosophy (PharmD/PhD)

The Doctor of Pharmacy/Doctor of Philosophy (PharmD/PhD) program is designed to permit qualified PharmD students with a bachelor of science or equivalent degree to pursue research training in the pharmaceutical sciences and toxicology. A student accepted into the joint program must meet all requirements for the PharmD, as well as the requirements for the PhD in the pharmaceutical sciences or toxicology sections listed in this catalogue. A maximum of 20 units from the PharmD program may be credited toward the PhD. Up to 12 units of these PharmD courses may, at the discretion of the student's PhD adviser, be counted toward the required 24 units of core course work.

Admission Procedure

Students applying for the dual degree program must meet the respective admission requirements for each program. This includes having completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GRE score of 1000. Students will not be given special consideration for admission to either program because they are applying for the dual degree. Students may apply to the dual PharmD/PhD degree program in two ways. First, they may apply at the time they submit their PharmD application by concurrently submitting applications to both programs. Students who elect this approach must identify themselves on both applications as potential dual degree students. Students who are admitted to both programs will be offered admission to the PharmD and will be offered admission to the dual degree program contingent on passing all courses in their first year of the PharmD with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who are accepted by only one program may choose to attend that program but will not be eligible for the dual degree. Second, students can apply to the dual degree by submitting an application to one of the PhD programs in the School of Pharmacy during their first two years of enrollment in the PharmD prior to the respective published application deadlines for the PhD programs. Students who elect this approach must apply through the PharmD program. Students admitted to the PhD program using this approach will be offered admission to the dual degree contingent on their having maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA in the PharmD program.