The mission of the Division of Pharmacotherapy is to train and educate pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists to provide specialty pharmacotherapeutic services, including acute and primary care, and to conduct translational, transdisciplinary, and other types of innovative research. The Division also holds with equal value its efforts in the areas of teaching, service, and scholarship.

Research Areas of Excellence

Faculty, residents, and students pursue clinical and translational research to help solve some of today’s greatest pharmacotherapeutic challenges. Areas of research excellence include infectious diseases and cancer research.

Research Training Programs

The Pharmacotherapy Division supports three graduate degree programs: the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Science, the Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Science, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Translational Science. These programs prepare the student for the numerous opportunities in advanced practice and research. Click on our “About” tab to learn more about each of these programs.

The Masters Program is designed to be the “terminal” degree for the advanced practice clinician who brings science to practice. The maturation of clinical pharmacy and the widespread adoption of pharmaceutical care as the cornerstone of pharmacy practice are evidenced by changes in standards and regulations. Collaborative drug therapy practice in Texas and in over 30 other states, allows pharmacists to assume primary care responsibilities for patients (e.g., disease management and the ordering of medications and laboratory tests). Pharmacotherapy practitioners provide patient care responsibilities at the specialist level, apply science to practice, and contribute to the body of pharmacotherapeutic knowledge through scholarship and services innovation.

The Pharmaceutical Science PhD Program is a research degree designed to prepare students to discover, integrate, and apply knowledge as well as to communicate and disseminate it. The degree emphasizes development of the capacity to make significant original contributions to knowledge within the context of free inquiry and expression. The student pursuing this degree is expected to develop the ability to understand and to evaluate the literature of his or her field and to apply appropriate principles and procedures to the recognition, evaluation, interpretation, and understanding of issues at the frontiers of knowledge. The graduate will be able to independently engage in the discovery, dissemination, and application of pharmaceutical and biomedical knowledge to improve the health status of society.

The Translational Science PhD Program is a multidiscplinary, inter-institutional degree program, that leverages the strengths of four universities in The University of Texas System. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and other health professionals received advanced clinical and translational research training in an interprofessional environment. The Translational Science PhD Program provides an in-depth, rigorous, and individualized research education and training program that will prepare clinician-scientists to integrate information from multiple domains and conduct independent and team-oriented research to improve human and global health.

Clinical Training Programs  

Resident in PharmacyResidencies and Fellowships: The division is the home base for many students engaged in either a one- or two-year specialty practice residency program or a two- or three-year clinical science fellowship.


Continuing Education

Resident RoundsPharmacotherapy Rounds is a directed by the Pharmacotherapy Division of The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and the Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Center (PERC) of The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine in partnership with the South Central Area Health Education Center (AHEC).  The mission of this program is to provide pharmacists and other health care providers in South-Central Texas with evidence-based and patient-centered instruction they can use to prevent disease and improve the care they deliver to their individual patients, families and communities.

Visit the Pharmacotherapy Rounds site for papers and other documentation used in presentations.

Eligibility & Admissions

Students entering our program have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline such as pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry or a biological science. This training should include coursework in biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, calculus and physiology.

Additional details about eligibility and admissions can be found on the Research & Graduate Studies site.


Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program
Pharmacotherapy Faculty
Eligibility and Evaluation of Applicants
Application Procedures


Research & Graduate Studies
Graduate Student Resources
Poster Design and Printing Services
Research Day

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