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College of Pharmacy


Degree Progression

As a dual-degree candidate at the University of South Carolina, you’ll support your clinical pharmacy education with research investigation.

You must successfully complete at least 60 hours of graduate course work and, in consultation with your major adviser and advisory committee, must develop an individualized program of study by the end of your third semester. An average grade of “B” or better is required in all courses within your program of study. Grades below “C” are considered as failure. You must also participate in the departmental seminar program (PHAR 712) every year during your tenure in the program.

All graduate students specializing in pharmaceutics or medicinal chemistry who have not successfully completed physical chemistry (CHEM 541 and 542) requirements must do so during their first year of residence.

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree are required to complete four departmental seminar courses (PHAR 712A-D). A maximum of four hours credit can be earned for PHAR 712. You are required to submit a dissertation based upon original research, meeting all requirements of The Graduate School, prior to awarding of your degree.

  • PHAR 712A Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PHAR 712B Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PHAR 712C Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PHAR 712D Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PHAR 896 Doctoral Directed Research
  • PHARM 899 Dissertation Preparation

You will take up to three graduate-level courses as electives for the Pharm.D. to earn 0 to 9 hours. Electives must be approved by the Ph.D. advisory committee as appropriate for one of the specialty areas.

Coursework includes two to five graduate-level courses not taken for the Pharm.D. degree for seven to 15 credit hours.

The program’s doctoral directed research is valued at up to 29 hours.