What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences program was approved by the NSU Board of Trustees in March 2008, and the college launched its unique program of graduate study and research leading to the Ph.D. degree in fall 2010. Students choose from one of three sequences: (1) Social and Administrative Pharmacy; (2) Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics; and (3) Drug Development (Pharmaceutics).

Depending on the sequence chosen, graduates focus on the dynamic and complex nature of the provision of pharmacy services, expanding the science of drug knowledge by creating and testing new drug molecules, or using technology to develop new dosage forms. The pharmaceutical scientist is knowledgeable in pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and administration.

The Ph.D. program is consistent with the criteria for accreditation set by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

At the completion of this course of study and research, students will:

  • demonstrate the knowledge base expected at the Ph.D. level in their specialty
  • design and conduct independent research that adds to the understanding of their specialty
  • prepare and defend rational and structured proposals seeking support for research efforts
  • effectively communicate the results of their own research
  • be competitive for careers in academia, industry, government, or regulatory positions

Students choose one of the following sequences:

Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Drug Development (Pharmaceutics)

Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics

Which department am I in?

College of Pharmacy

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$29,800.00 per year
Subject to change by the board of trustees without notice.
Start date

Expected August 2022


Nova Southeastern University

3301 College Avenue,



33314, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Doctoral applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their master's program. Applicants must possess a master's degree before beginning doctoral studies or is in the process of completing a master's degree from a regionally accredited university.

For international students

All applicants must have an earned a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.

All applicants who received their bachelors and any graduate degrees from a college or university where English is not the primary languages of instruction are required to take an English language test. Test scores cannot be more than two years old.

  • Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) minimum scores required.
  • Internet based (iBT) = 79, Computerized score = 213, Paper score = 550.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum score required = 6.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum sore required = 54.
  • TALK International, School of Languages: Completion of level 9 test with a score of 85% or higher.
  • Completion of ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 with a grade of 'C' or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  • If bachelors or master degree coursework was fully completed in English outside the USA within the last two years, a letter from the institution on official letterhead will be required to waive the English Language requirement. Letter must state that all coursework was taught in English.

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


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