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Ph.D. Program


Admission Requirements

Candidates will be considered for the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program with degrees in fields related to the sciences. The College of Pharmacy takes a holistic approach in the evaluation of applications, looking beyond grades and test scores, but also focusing on work, extracurricular, and life experiences.

Those students applying to the Drug Development (Pharmaceutics) or the Molecular Medicine 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. 

Please see below for a list of requirements:

  1. All applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  2. The applicant should have earned a cumulative GPA equal to 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended. An official course-by-course evaluation of foreign coursework with the cumulative grade point average is required. (For more information regarding foreign coursework, please see the "Application Procedures" tab.)
  4. Proof of English proficiency
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),

- 213 or above on a computer-based test; 80 or above on the Internet-based test is required

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS),

- 6.0 or above on the test module is required

    • Candidates who have taken college courses in the United States may also prove English proficiency by completing two college-level English composition courses at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States with a grade of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  1.  The GRE general test (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing) is required for admission.
  • Scores must be less than five years old at time of application.
  • The NSU GRE code is 5522 for all submissions.
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  1. A personal essay describing the applicant's future career goals.
  2. Three letters of reference. Letters must be from professors or supervisors in the applicant’s field of study.

Application Procedures

Applicants may apply for matriculation into the fall semester. The Office of Admissions processes applications on a rolling basis; therefore, it is in the best interest of the applicant to apply early.

In order to be considered for admission, students must complete an online application and submit all supporting documents.

  1.  A completed supplemental application due March 1.
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  1.  A non-refundable application fee of $50 (U.S.) applies.
  2.  Applicants must submit the following materials to NSU by March 1:
  • Official transcripts and/or foreign evaluations
    • (For information on foreign coursework see further below)
  • Personal essay
  • Letters of reference
  • GRE scores- The NSU Code is 5522
  • TOEFL & IELTS scores, if applicable


All admissions materials and foreign evaluations must be mailed to:

Nova Southeastern University

Enrollment Processing Services

3301 College Avenue, P.O. Box 299000

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

 Upon receipt of the completed application and all required documents, the Committee on Admissions will review and select applicants for a personal interview.

Applicants will be notified of the day and time of the scheduled interview.

Being granted an interview does not guarantee admission into the program.



Foreign Coursework

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization, such as one of the services listed below.

World Education Services, Inc.
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, New York 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33173
(305) 273-1616 phone
(305) 273-1338 fax

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400

*It is the applicant’s responsibility to have their coursework evaluated with an official course-by-course evaluation including their cumulative grade point average.

To become part of our diverse, energetic, transformative, student body, contact:

COP Admissions Counselor
Health Professions Division
Enrollment & Student Services
Nova Southeastern University
Phone: 954-262-1112
Fax: 954-262-2282


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