What will I learn?

The UCSF School of Pharmacy offers a combined UCSF PharmD/PhD degree program to highly motivated and well-qualified student pharmacists who are interested in clinical and research education.

This is a sequential degree program that combines:

  • A professional UCSF Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree with the
  • Advanced training and research of a UCSF Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics (PSPG).

This combined degree program is available only to students enrolled in the UCSF PharmD program. Admission to the UCSF PharmD/PhD combined degree program is selective, and the program is rigorous and demanding. At the same time, the career potential for the combined degree is exciting. There is a pressing need to translate basic science research to clinical application. This program meets that need efficiently and within a unique university that is devoted solely to the health sciences, including the core functions of both discovery and patient care.

Which department am I in?

School of Pharmacy

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 8 years)

Tuition fees
US$11,442.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, April, September 2022


School of Pharmacy

513 Parnassus Avenue,



94117, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree (BA/BS) or the equivalent from an accredited institution is required. To be eligible for admission, you must have at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average. Other English Language Requirements: A score of 550 on TOEFL paper based test; 213 on the computer based TOEFL.

For international students

All applicants to the combined degree program are already enrolled in the UCSF PharmD program, which is highly competitive.

PharmD student pharmacists applying to the combined degree program enter the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics PhD program applicant pool with all other applicants. Only those who are in good standing (maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA in their PharmD program).

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 550 on paper based, 213 on computer based, 80 on internet based test and IELTS score of 7.0

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