About the Combined Program

This page describes more about the UCSF PharmD/PhD combined degree program. Details about each program:

PharmD curriculum requirements

A minimum of 190 units of professional study is required for the PharmD degree. In addition to the PharmD core curriculum, student pharmacists select one of three PharmD pathways.

Student pharmacists interested in the combined UCSF PharmD/PhD program are strongly encouraged to complete the PharmD Pharmaceutical Sciences Pathway in order to take required courses for the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics PhD program as part of the PharmD curriculum.

Application and admissions

To be considered for admission to the UCSF PharmD/PhD combined degree program, interested students must:

  1. Meet preliminary combined degree program and other requirements as a PharmD student

    • Be currently enrolled in the PharmD program.
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the PharmD program.
    • Take the GRE (verbal, math, and quantitative—but not subject area). Scores must be less than five years old.
    • Provide a statement of purpose.
    • Provide a minimum of three letters of recommendation. (If desired, you may use letters submitted in your application to the PharmD program; if you do so, 1 additional letter of recommendation is required.)
  2. Apply to and be accepted to the PharmD/PhD combined degree program

    • 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-year UCSF student pharmacists may apply to the combined degree program by completing the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics PhD program standard application form. Forms must be received by December 31 each year.
    • Students accepted into the combined degree program will receive a letter of intent that guarantees admission to the PhD program upon earning their PharmD degree, provided that a minimum 3.0 GPA has been maintained in the PharmD program.
  3. Graduate from the PharmD program

  4. Transition from the PharmD to the PhD program

    Upon graduation with the PharmD degree, UCSF PharmD/PhD students will be officially enrolled as PhD students. It is expected that students will take their qualifying exam and will be advanced to PhD candidacy within 12 to 24 months of completing the PharmD degree.

  5. Complete the PhD program

    Students, working with their advisor and dissertation committee, will complete their research and prepare their dissertation. Once the dissertation has been approved, students are awarded the PhD.

Administration

The combined degree program is managed by Leslie Carstensen Floren, PharmD, in the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences. The PharmD program is administered by the Office of Student and Curricular Affairs in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, and the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics PhD program is administered by the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences.