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Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Shape the future of medicine with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Nova Southeastern University's Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy.

This Ph.D. program offers you the opportunity to tailor your academic career with three specialized areas of expertise to choose from:

  • Drug Development (Pharmaceutics), focusing on effective drug delivery to the desired target; 
  • Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics, centering on mechanism of action of drugs; or
  • Social and Administrative Pharmacy, concerned with the dynamics and complex nature of drug use and distribution systems.

Our curriculum ensures a dynamic and complex exploration of pharmacy services, drug knowledge expansion, and technology-driven dosage form development. Become adept in pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and administration under our expert team’s guidance.

Quick Facts

Tuition

Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.

Curriculum

NSU's Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program, depending on the sequence, requires between 113 and 126 credit hours to complete.

Delivery Options

Coursework for this program is delivered via in-person courses.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted online and on a rolling basis. PharmGRAD application is due on July 18.

Admission Requirements 

3.0
or Higher Cumulative GPA
Bachelor’s*

Degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution

Official GRE Scores

Must be less than five years old

English Proficiency
Required for Non-Native English Speakers
3 Letters of Recommendation from Professors or Supervisors in the Applicant's Field of Study 3 Letters of Recommendation from Professors or Supervisors in the Applicant's Field of Study

*Students applying to the Drug Development (Pharmaceutics) or the Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics sequences are required to have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biology, or a related scientific area. Students applying to the Social and Administrative Pharmacy sequence are required to have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy, economics, statistics, public health, health services research, or other related fields.

Official scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), or another admissions test, are optional.

Students in the Ph.D. program are eligible to apply for a concurrent degree in the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program.

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Curriculum

The courses are representative of the overall requirements of the program at the time of publication, and are subject to change. The curriculum is revised, as needed, to meet the demands of the profession.

This sequence emphasizes the development of laboratory research skills. Supporting coursework consists of content integral to the theory and practice associated with the incorporation of drug entities into the forms and formulations to achieve efficient drug delivery to the site of biological and medical action.

Students who pursue this track will be primarily under the tutelage of faculty members in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a group of researchers with expertise in pharmaceutics-related disciplines. Particular areas of expertise include a variety of drug formulations such as abuse-resistant formulations, novel drug delivery approaches, and molecularly targeted drug delivery systems.

CRN Course Name Credits
First and Second Years
PHRP 7004 Advanced Physical Pharmacy 3
PHRP 7012 Clinical Drug Development: Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics 3
PHRP 7030 Biostatistics 3
PHRP 7060 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Design

 

1
PHRP 7110 Bioethical Principles of Life Science Research 3
PHRP 7204 Research Techniques and Instrumentation 3
PHRP 7229 Product Development and Industrial Pharmacy 4
PHRP 7610 Scientific Writing 1
PHRP 7620 Research Funding and Proposal Development 1
PHRP 8250 Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences* 2
PHRP 8301 Graduate Research* 18
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar* 4
PHRE Electives 6
Third Year 

 

PHRP 8100 Dissertation Research# 24
PHRP 8250 Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences* 1
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar* 2
Fourth Year (to Seventh Year)

 

PHRP 8100 Dissertation Research# 24
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar* 2
PHRP 8900 Dissertation Defense+ 8
*Course may be repeated.
#Additional years may be required to complete the dissertation research. The curriculum for subsequent years is identical to the fourth year (maximum seven years allowed for Ph.D. completion)

+Course is only available to students in their final semester

This sequence emphasizes laboratory research and the development of research skills integral to elucidation of the mechanism of action of drugs, as well as the extent and characteristics of those actions.

Students who pursue this sequence will be primarily under the tutelage of faculty members in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a group of researchers with expertise in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, toxicology, neuroscience, and biochemistry. Particular areas of expertise include cardiovascular pharmacology, molecular pharmacology, central nervous system diseases, and cancer pharmacology.

CRN Course Name Credits
First and Second Years

 

PHRP 7006 Advanced Pharmacology 4
PHRP 7012 Clinical Drug Development: Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics 3
PHRP 7020 Experimental Statistics and Informatics 1
PHRP 7030 Biostatistics 3
PHRP 7060 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Design 1
PHRP 7110 Bioethical Principles of Life Science Research

 

3
PHRP 7114 Molecular and Cellular Pharmacodynamics 3
PHRP 7204 Research Techniques and Instrumentation 3
PHRP 7220 Advanced Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Medicine 3
PHRP 7222 Applied Pharmacology 3
PHRP 7226 Journal Club 1
PHRP 7610 Scientific Writing

 

1
PHRP 7620 Research Funding and Proposal Development 1
PHRP 8301 Graduate Research* 18
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar* 4
PHRE Electives 6
Third Year

 

PHRP 8200 Dissertation Research# 24
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar* 2
Fourth Year (to Seventh Year)

 

PHRP 8200 Dissertation Research# 24
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar* 2
PHRP 8900 Dissertation Defense+ 8
*Course may be repeated.

#Additional years may be required to complete the dissertation research. The curriculum for subsequent years is identical to the fourth year (maximum seven years allowed for Ph.D. completion).

+This course is only available to students in their final semester.

This sequence focuses on coursework and research skills that address the dynamics and complex nature of drug use and distribution systems.

Students that pursue this sequence are advised and mentored by faculty members from the Department of Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy, a group of scholars whose specialties include among others, pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research, the economics of pharmacy, pharmacoepidemiology, data analytics, health disparities and special populations, cultural competency, patients’ decision making, public policy, social and behavioral pharmacy, biostatistics, and pharmacy administration.

CRN Course Name Credits
First and Second Years

 

PHRP 7001 Health Economics 3
PHRP 7021 Population Health and Public Policy 3
PHRP 7023 Pharmaceutical Marketing 3
PHRP 7025 Pharmacy Management and Finance 3
PHRP 7110 Bioethical Principles of Life Science Research 3
PHRP 7120 Research Design 3
PHRP 7203 Social Measurement and Techniques 3
PHRP 7209 Pharmacoeconomics 3
PHRP 7211 Theories of Health Seeking Behavior 3
PHRP 7243 Research Design II 3
PHRP 7320 Advanced Biostatistics I 3
PHRP 7330 Advanced Biostatistics II 3
PHRP 7610 Scientific Writing 1
PHRP 7620 Research Funding and Proposal Development 1
PHRP 8301 Graduate Research* 12
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar* 4
PHRE Elective 3
Third Year

 

PHRP 8000 Dissertation Research# 24
PHRP 8301 Graduate Research* 3
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar* 2
PHRE Electives 6
Fourth Year (to Seventh Year)

 

PHRP 8000 Dissertation Research# 24
PHRP 8400 Graduate Seminar* 2
PHRP 8900 Dissertation Defense+
8
*Course may be repeated.

#Additional years may be required to complete the dissertation research. The curriculum for subsequent years is identical to the fourth year (maximum seven years allowed for Ph.D. completion).

+This course is only available to students in their final semester.

Note: Qualifying exams will commence during the summer semester of the second year..

Graduation from the Ph.D. program requires the preparation and successful defense of a dissertation.

The Ph.D. program is consistent with the criteria for accreditation set by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

 

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