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PhD Program


The objective of the graduate program in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is to provide graduate students at the PhD level with expertise in the area broadly defined as the pharmaceutical sciences, with emphasis in bioanalytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacometrics, and drug delivery. The particular area chosen by the graduate student for a research topic receives special emphasis. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency, knowledge, and research capabilities in his or her chosen specialty, in addition to a fundamental appreciation of all those areas encompassed by the pharmaceutical sciences.

Refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for the curriculum.


The PhD program based in the College of Pharmacy is under the jurisdiction of the College of Graduate Health Sciences. The PhD is a research degree that prepares scientists to engage in basic research.


Applications for the PhD program are accepted from students with a BS or MS degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biology, mathematics, engineering, or other appropriate disciplines. The normal admission time for new students is in the Fall Semester, which begins about mid-August. Prospective graduate students should submit a completed application form and supporting documents by March 15th for the Fall Semester. More information can be found at College of Graduate Health Sciences admissions page. The admission requirements are:

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • A combined score (verbal and quantitative) of at least 1000/300 on the old/revised Graduate Record Examination
  • Native language must be English or have graduated from an institution where English is the used language
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • No application fee
Financial Aid

We offer a tuition wavier, stipend and health insurance. Students may also apply for other fellowships.

Application Materials

You may submit your application electronically. Complete the application form which is automatically submitted to the Office of Enrollment Services.

All admission documents should be uploaded directly into the WebAdmit application portal (i.e., test scores, letters of recommendations, etc.), not sent directly to the Office of Enrollment Services

For non-US applicants, official test scores and three letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the contributing source and not by the student to the Office of Enrollment Services.  Transcripts from any non-US institution MUST be verified and certified to generate a grade point average (GPA).  Service agencies, include, but are not limited to, Educational Credit Evaluation (ECE) at, World Education Services (WES) at, and American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) at  A document-by-document certification is not acceptable.  These agencies charge a fee for service and applicants are responsible for payment.  Documents and other supporting materials should be mailed to the following addresses:

UTHSC Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9141
Watertown, MA 02471

UTHSC Transcript Processing Center
c/o Liaison International
311 Arsenal Street, Suite 15
Watertown, MA 02472

If you have questions regarding admissoins, please contact us at the following address:

Hassan Almoazen
Assistant Professor and Director of PhD and Dual Degree PharmD/PhD Programs
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
881 Madison Ave
Room 661
Memphis, TN 38163
OFFICE 901.448.2239
FAX 901.448.473

Applicant Privacy
To comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy must limit conversations regarding individual students and/or their applications. The faculty and staff of the College may not disclose application information, including admission status, to anyone except the applicants themselves.

Program Documents

Graduate Seminars

The Pharmaceutics Graduate Seminar series is held Mondays, 4-5 p.m. in room 101 in the COP building.

May 26, 2022