Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences in The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy-USA

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Admission Criteria

         Graduate students are admitted to the PBS department graduate program based on the graduate committee's assessment of their ability to succeed in the graduate program and on their compatibility with the research opportunities in the department. Key factors considered are: prior research experience and productivity; evidence of work ethic and commitment to biomedical research; evidence of appropriate educational background; grade point average; graduate record examination (GRE) scores; English language exam scores (for international applicants); references (particularly from laboratory supervisors); research interests of available faculty mentors; other requirements of the Graduate School and special considerations of the Departmental Graduate Program Committee. Students are not admitted directly into an individual lab, but rather into the departmental graduate program.  Admitted students will select a major professor after the first year in the program based on laboratory rotations.

            The UGA graduate school sets minimal GRE and GPA thresholds of 1050 and 3.0 for admission to Ph.D. programs. Students entering our program typically have an undergraduate GPA ? 3.5 and GRE scores ? 1250. We do not require GRE subject tests. The majority of accepted students have significant laboratory research experience, and letters of recommendation from research supervisors are carefully considered.

International students must also submit official scores from either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The minimal accepted TOEFL overall score is 80, with at least a 20 on speaking and writing sections. The minimal accepted IELTS overall score is 6.5, with no single component score less than 6.0.

Students wishing to transfer to the PBS PhD program from another graduate program are assessed by the same criteria as other incoming students. UGA does not allow the transfer of credits for PhD students. 

Application Requirements and Deadlines

The UGA Graduate School processes all applications for admission to graduate school in all departments. Please visit the UGA Graduate School website for information on domestic and international admission requirements and for additional deadlines. For additional information on international applications, please visit the UGA Graduate School site for international applicants.

In order to receive full consideration for admission to the graduate program and financial assistance, you must submit a complete application by the January 1 deadline. Early admission decisions will be made beginning in January, but some acceptance decisions will not be made until April or May. Your application will not be reviewed by the department until it is complete. The status of your application can be tracked here. Please DO NOT contact the department regarding your application status. All applicants will receive a final notification letter from the UGA Graduate School.

Application includes the following information:

  • Two official copies of all transcripts
    Send to:
    UGA Graduate School 
    Graduate Admissions 
    University of Georgia
    320 E. Clayton St., Suite 400
    Athens, GA 30602
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores (UGA's Institution Code: 5813). The GRE must be taken for admission. GRE scores are subject to a five-year limitation. International applicants for whom English is not their native tongue must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. These tests are subject to a two-year limitation.


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