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Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology Ph.D.

Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
College of Pharmacy
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Contact Information
Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, 7-153 Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-8419)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 72
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology (ECP) graduate program was designed specifically for students interested in clinical research. Its goal is to advance the science of human pharmacology and therapeutics to improve the safe, effective, and economical use of drugs by patients. Students study such topics as experimental pharmacotherapy, drug metabolism, infectious disease, pharmacometrics, and pharmacogenomics. Graduates are prepared for distinguished careers in clinical research.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
A U.S. bachelor's degree or a comparable foreign degree from a recognized college or university is required.
Preference is given to candidates who have had a professionally-related pharmacy education, but those from other fields such as biology, chemistry, statistics, and public health will be considered.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
All international students who are non-English speakers are required to submit TOEFL scores. However, applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits or 16 semester credits within the past 24 months in residence as full-time students at recognized institutions of higher learning in the United States or other English-speaking countries before entering the University of Minnesota are generally exempted from this requirement. ETS will download your TOEFL score directly into ApplyYourself. Non U.S.-Pharm.D. applicants are required to submit GRE scores. Foreign students may be required to have a phone interview.
Special Application Requirements:
Application to the ECP program at the University of Minnesota is done entirely online through ApplyYourself. A supplemental departmental application form is also required. Applicants should upload it to the ApplyYourself system.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
36 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Students must pass one written preliminary examination and one preliminary oral examination before writing the dissertation. The final oral examination for the Ph.D. is a defense of the thesis.
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