Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program

Goal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Program

The goal of graduate study at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy is to develop the intellectual breadth and specialized training necessary for a career in teaching, research or advanced professional practice. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge, methods and skills needed for scholarly teaching; original research and problem solving; intellectual leadership; creative expression; and professional prominence and recognition.

Students who wish to enter into the graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences will select from one of five division-specific training tracks for training with a emphasis in Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice, Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, or Pharmacotherapy.

Students interested in Ph.D. research and training that spans across two or more of the five division-specific tracks may choose to customize their curriculum and training by participating in an “interdisciplinary” track. Applicants interested in this option must elect one of the five division-specific training tracks as their home division for the admissions application process. Once accepted into the Ph.D. program, and working under the direction of one or more faculty mentors, a customized curriculum can be developed in order to  allow for a dissertation project that crosses between two or more of the five division-specific training tracks. Please contact the Pharmacy Graduate Coordinator for further clarification or questions on the interdisciplinary track.


M.S. Programs

Courses of study leading to a master of science degree are only offered in pharmacotherapy and in health outcomes and pharmacy practice. Each graduate student’s course of study may be uniquely tailored to meet the specific learning objectives of the student. For details concerning study in a specific discipline, go to the division page of interest.

Pharmacotherapy Division
Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division


Ph.D. Programs

Graduate education, research, and scholarly work leading to a Ph.D. are developed uniquely for each student as part of his/her plan of work.

Students applying to the graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences will select a division-specific training track that most closely matches their  interests. Each of the five division specific tracks, listed below, have course work and research training specifically tailored for training in the track-specific field.

In addition, students interested in developing a dissertation project outside the constraints of a traditional track-specific discipline may choose to customize their curriculum and training by participating in an “interdisciplinary” track. For example, a student may be interested in the study of the relationships between drug addiction and cancer development, environmental factors in fetal brain development, or unique methods of drug delivery in specially-designed new medicinal products. These are only a few examples of a multitude of interdisciplinary topics that could be envisioned by the curious student.

Applicants interested in the interdisciplinary track option must first elect one of the five division-specific training tracks as their home program during the admissions application process. Upon entering the program, and working under the direction of one or more faculty mentors, a customized curriculum can be developed. Please contact the Pharmacy Graduate Coordinator for further clarification or questions on the interdisciplinary track.

For specific information concerning the available areas of study, consult the links below:

Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
Pharmaceutics
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Pharmacotherapy
Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice 


apply pharmaceutical sciences programApplication procedures for all the pharmaceutical sciences are described in detail within this site. In addition, information about eligibility and how we evaluate our applicants is available.

Please contact the Pharmacy Graduate Coordinator for further clarification or questions.