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Pharmacy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #161 (BCR) Iowa City, IA, United States
The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program provides professional education in a number of areas, including pharmaceutical technology, biopharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry and natural products, pharmaceutical socioeconomics, pharmacotherapy, patient care, clinical and hospital pharmacy, and aspects of biotechnology.
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The program requires four years of full-time pharmacy study preceded by at least two years of pre-pharmacy study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa or at an accredited community or liberal arts college in the United States or Canada. During pre-pharmacy study, students complete the prerequisites to admission to the Pharm.D. program (see Admission in this section of the Catalog for a list of prerequisite course work). If possible, students should complete all 20 s.h. of their general education work before they enter the Pharm.D. program. Courses in moral reasoning or ethics, communication, computer science, business, behavioral and social sciences, and the humanities are recommended. Courses in physical education skills, applied music, and studio art do not count toward the general education electives requirement. Students must maintain a pharmacy and cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00.

For rules and regulations concerning academic probation, pass/nonpass, credit by examination, maximum schedule, second-grade-only option, waiver or substitution of courses, cancellation of registration, and drop date, see Student Resources on the College of Pharmacy website. 

The College of Pharmacy provides students with the highest possible quality in the professional experiential program. Faculty and adjunct faculty serve as preceptors, providing introductory and advanced practice experience at institutions and pharmacies in Iowa, nationwide, and around the world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Pharmacy Practice I
  • Professional Engagement
  • Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Career Exploration
  • Foundations of Health Services
  • Health Information Retrieval and Informatics
  • Foundations of Pharmaceutical Sciences I
  • Foundations of Pharmaceutical Sciences II

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Apply Online: To begin the general graduate application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An application for graduate funding
  • A master’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • English Proficiency Requirements: International applicants whose first language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for admission to the university

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43148 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43148 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    44811 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44811 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    27186 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27186 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Iowa City

  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
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