The Graduate Division and the Dean for Graduate Studies have the overall responsibility for graduate admissions to Wayne State University. Decisions concerning the admissibility of applicants are based on careful review of applications by the faculty, in consultation with the head of the academic division or department. Registration, degree, and academic progress requirements are described in the information for each specialization.

Applicants must have an adequate background in biology, physics, calculus, and chemistry. In most instances, candidates for admission who have earned a B.S. degree in pharmacy, chemistry, or the biological sciences possess adequate preparation. Interested candidates must also:

  • Complete the online graduate application form. Be sure to indicate your desired area of specialization (e.g., medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, or pharmacology/toxicology) on your application.
  • Submit three (3) letters of recommendation.

For more information, visit the Graduate School admissions site.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply to a graduate program?

    Complete the graduate admissions application. Please remember to include payment of the $50 application fee when you submit your application.

  • Can I submit my application directly to the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences?

    No. Please do not send any materials to the department.

  • Should I contact individual professors about admissions?

    No; they are not able to assist with admissions questions. However, you are encouraged to contact professors to learn whether they plan to admit any new Ph.D. students to their research group. Agreement from a prospective faculty advisor is an important consideration for admission.

  • Is prior research experience required for admission to your graduate program?

    No; however, the department is always interested in attracting students who have had research experience.

  • Do I need a professional degree in Pharmacy to qualify for admission to your program?

    Not at all. Many of our applicants possess a degree in Pharmacy, but this is not a requirement. Your undergraduate experience should include chemistry courses through organic chemistry and basic biochemistry and, depending on the area of specialization, some biology courses, which may include physiology, anatomy, and microbiology. A chemical or biomedical engineering background is also suitable for students interested in pharmaceutics. A college-level course in basic physics also is required.

  • Do I need to have a master's degree to qualify for admission to your PhD program?

    No; all you need is a bachelor's degree.

  • What is the deadline for applying to your graduate program?

    The university's published deadlines are as follows: June 1 for the Fall semester (September), October 1 for the Winter semester (January) and February 1 for the Spring term (May).

    However, due to the number of excellent applications we receive, we tend to admit students before these deadlines – usually in February-April for the Fall Semester. Therefore, it is best to get your application to us in November or December. The department admits students for the Fall semester. Very rarely are Winter openings available. No Spring or Summer admissions are available. If you request an admission date other than Fall and no openings are available for the requested start semester, your application may be held for future consideration for the next Fall admission.

  • Where can I find information about your graduate program?

    The department offers specializations in three areas: medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacology and toxicology. You can also learn more about the department's faculty and their research and service

    You may also wish to review information about the department in the Graduate Bulletin. Click on Degrees and Certificates. Scroll down to College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. Click on the link to Pharmaceutical Sciences (M.S. Program or Ph.D. Program)

  • How many applications do you receive annually for your graduate program?

    The department receives about 200 applications for admission to the graduate program each year. Because the department admits about three to five new students each year, the admission process is extremely competitive.

  • What are the minimum GPA, GRE, and TOEFL requirements for admission to the program?

    In order to be minimally competitive for the graduate program, applicants should score around the 70th percentile on the quantitative section of the GRE.

    If your undergraduate degree is from a four-year institution in the U.S. or Canada, a minimum GPA of 3.0, or its equivalent, is required. Transcripts from other countries are evaluated separately by the Graduate School to determine an equivalent percentage or GPA.

    If your degree is not from an English speaking country, you need to provide a TOEFL score. A minimum of 550 or higher is required for the regular TOEFL; a score of 79 or higher is required for the computerized TOEFL. TOEFL scores should not be more than two years old. For MELAB, the minimum score is 85, and for IELTS, the minimum score is 6.5. The Institution Code for Wayne State University is 1898 for both the GRE and TOEFL.

    The Pharmaceutical Sciences Code is 0613 for the GRE and 30 (Other) for the TOEFL.

  • Is financial aid available?

    Yes. We provide financial assistance, in the form of Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs), to all students admitted into the Ph.D. program. This support includes full tuition and medical and dental insurance in addition to a monthly stipend. The total value of the package exceeds $40,000 annually. Master's students are not provided financial support.

  • How will I be notified concerning the status of my application?

    The Graduate Admissions Office at the Graduate School will notify you by e-mail when your application has been acted upon. Do not contact the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. All admissions are handled by the Graduate School. If you are admitted, you will receive congratulatory e-mails from both the Graduate Admissions Office and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

  • What is Wayne State's tuition policy?

    You can obtain more information about the university's tuition structure on the Records and Registration site.