Skip to Content

College of Pharmacy


Degree Requirements

The average length of time to complete a Ph.D. at the USC College of Pharmacy is five years. Students are required to complete at least 60 hours of graduate course work as well as meet the program's expectations for graduate students.

The Ph.D. program at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy is rigorous yet rewarding. Students are required to maintain an average grade of “B” or higher in all courses within their program of study. Grades below “C” are considered as failure.

Program Requirements
Students with prior graduate course work may transfer up to nine credit hours for graduate credit. Ph.D. candidates are required to complete four departmental seminar courses (PHAR 712A-D). A maximum of 4 hours credit can be earned for PHAR 712. 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.

Electives
Electives are selected based on a student’s area of emphasis (biomedicinal chemistry, synthetic medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics or pharmacology). Electives, which must be approved by the Ph.D. advisory committee and graduate program director, must be 700 level and above or be courses approved for graduate credit by the Graduate School. Other didactic electives may be applied toward the total hours of credit required if approved by the Ph.D. advisory committee.

Dissertation
Ph.D. students, in consultation with their major adviser and advisory committee, must develop an individualized program of study by the end of their third semester. Prior to the awarding of the degree, all students are required to submit a dissertation based upon original research that meets all requirements of the Graduate School.

Required Courses and Credits

Course Credit Hours
PHAR 700 Principles of Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry, and Pharmaceutics 4
PHAR 701 Current Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences 4
PHAR 712A Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1
PHAR 712B Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1
PHAR 712C Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1
PHAR 712D Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1
ELECTIVES 12
PHAR 896 Doctoral Directed Research 24
PHARM 899 Dissertation Preparation 12