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What will I learn?

USC offers an accelerated PharmD/PhD program administered by the School of Pharmacy. This program integrates the professional pharmacy school curriculum with graduate curricula in the Pharmaceutical and Translational Sciences (Tracks: Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics; Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology; and Pharmaceutical Sciences) to develop an accelerated course of study leading to both the PharmD and PhD degrees. The program prepares clinical scientists for careers in academia, government and industrial settings.

Students interested in the joint PharmD/PhD degree must be accepted by both programs. Students will not be given special consideration for admission to either program because they are applying for the joint degree.

USC School of Pharmacy’s Accelerated PharmD/PhD Program:

The USC PharmD program has created several Areas of Concentration (AoCs) to distinguish its students and to challenge them to new possibilities and career opportunities. Specifically, the AoC in Research is designed to provide longitudinal research experience to students who are interested in pursuing a research-intensive career.

Students who are interested in pursuing PharmD/PhD training are strongly encouraged to pursue the AoC in Research in order to take advantage of the dedicated time for research during the PharmD curriculum prior to applying for admission into the PhD program.

Which department am I in?

USC School of Pharmacy

Study options

Full Time (7 years)

Tuition fees
USD $58,836 /year for PharmD; USD $57,256 /year for PhD
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


Health Sciences Campus

University of Southern California,



90033, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree earned at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education.

For international students

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree with a competitive GPA.

Applicants to doctor's programs who have attained an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 100, with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or an IELTS score of 7, with no less than 6 on each band score.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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