Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program DRUG DEVELOPMENT (PHARMACEUTICS) SEQUENCE, Nova Southeastern University-USA

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About the Program

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy (COP) offers a program of graduate study and research in drug development, leading to the doctor of philosophy degree (Ph.D.).  The drug development sequence emphasizes the coursework, laboratory and literature search skills that are integral to the theory and practice associated with the incorporation of drug entities into the forms and formulations that best deliver the drugs to the site of the intended medical action. Students who pursue this track will be primarily under the tutelage of faculty in the department of pharmaceutical sciences, a group that has expertise in pharmaceutics-related disciplines. Particular areas of expertise include a variety of drug formulations and novel drug delivery systems.

The Health Professions Division (HPD) at NSU requires all graduate students who are enrolled in health-related Ph.D. programs, including pharmacy, to take a series of core courses in their first and second years. After completing the first year of study, students will focus primarily on the drug development (pharmaceutics) core courses, written comprehensive and oral qualifying examinations, and research in a drug development area that is consistent with the faculty expertise in the College of Pharmacy at NSU. Because of its exclusive emphasis on pharmacy topics, the program does not duplicate degrees or courses offered by other NSU Centers.  In addition, the PhD program is consistent with the criteria for accreditation set by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Admission Requirements

Students will be recruited for the Ph.D. program from the NSU College of Pharmacy; other U.S. schools/colleges of pharmacy; graduates with degrees in pharmacy-related fields such as chemistry, biology, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, etc.; and international institutions, especially graduates with pharmacy degrees, from India, China, Europe, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Successful applicants, whether foreign or domestic, will be required to comply with the guidelines outlined below:

  • All applicants must have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • With few exceptions, the degree should be in pharmacy or a related scientific area, and the applicant should have earned a GPA equal to a B, or better
  • Application materials must include GRE results, proof of proficiency in English, a formal application form, three letters of reference, transcripts received directly from the degree granting institution, and a brief written essay on the goals of the applicant
Application Procedures

Applicants may apply for matriculation into the fall semester. The Office of Admissions processes applications on a rolling admissions basis; therefore, it is in the best interest of the applicant to apply as early as possible. In order to be considered for admission, students must complete the application form and submit supporting documents and a nonrefundable fee of $50.
Candidates for admission must submit the documents outlined below:


  • Applicants may apply for admission using application form that is available here.
  • Applicants may also have an application mailed to them. Please contact the Office of Admissions.

In order to be processed, all applications must be submitted with the application fee and supporting documents, to:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue-P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33314-9905

Official transcripts of all work attempted at all colleges and universities must be forwarded by the institutions attended to EPS. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that arrangements are made for these transcripts to be sent. A final transcript covering all of the applicant's work must be forwarded to EPS prior to matriculation.

Letters of evaluation
Three individual letters of evaluation from professors or supervisors in the applicant's major field of study are required.

Test scores
All applicants are required to submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. The NSU code is 5522. GRE scores must be less than five years old prior to the candidate's matriculation.

Foreign coursework (if applicable)
Undergraduate coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence. It is the applicant's responsibility to have the coursework evaluated. A complete course-by-course evaluation must be sent to the office of admissions. Applicants should contact one of the three services listed below for evaluation of their transcript.

  • World Education Services
  • Josef Silny & Associates
  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

Personal interview
Upon receipt of the completed application and required credentials, the Committee on Admissions will select those applicants to be interviewed. The chosen candidates will be interviewed on the Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale campus.  The Office of Admissions will notify those who are selected for an interview of the date and time of such an interview. Being granted an interview is not a guarantee of admission.

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