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Pharm.D./Ph.D. Program

With the expanding needs in health care today and tomorrow, there is a growing need to translate today’s research findings into tomorrow’s health care solutions.

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS), in collaboration with the WSU Graduate School, has established a combined, sequential Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)/Ph.D. program that allows some aspects of the Ph.D. experience to be initiated during the Pharm.D. curriculum.

The goal of this program is to integrate and expedite completion of the concurrent degrees in a time frame that is approximately two years shorter than it would be otherwise.

Program Admission

Pharm.D. students may apply to the Ph.D. program in either their second or third professional year (PY2 or PY3). Applicants follow the regular admission process for the Ph.D. program through WSU Graduate School. Any student interested in applying should contact the Director of the Pharm.D./Ph.D. Program early on.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0)
  • Grades of “S” or “H” in all Pharm.D. courses
  • Statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation
  • Meet the English proficiency requirements
  • Take the GRE exam

Applicants are strongly encouraged to gain research experience with a Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program faculty member before applying. Admission in to the Ph.D. program is competitive, and students are expected to be strong academically as well as having and established interest in research. Students accepted into the concurrent degree program will be admitted to the Ph.D. program in Pharmaceutical Sciences contingent upon their satisfactory completion of the Pharm.D. degree and other outlined requirements.

Research experience

Students interested in the Pharm.D./Ph.D. program should gain research experience prior to applying to the Ph.D. program. Students should seek out research experiences with potential Ph.D. mentors that are Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program faculty members.

Research experiences can include:

  • Honors Research Program (students are highly encouraged to enter the Honors program)
  • 499/599 research electives
  • Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) program
  • Paid research opportunities
  • Other routes such as extramural fellowships


Pharm.D. students in any professional year can take approved Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate courses as electives. The credit for these graduate courses can be reserved so they can count towards both graduate course credit and elective requirements of the Pharm.D. program. Students interested in applying to the Pharm.D./Ph.D. program or students contingently admitted to the program should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator before the start of each semester to complete necessary forms prior to starting these electives.

Financial Aid

Once students in the Pharm.D./Ph.D. program complete their Doctor of Pharmacy and matriculate into the Ph.D. program, they will be offered a graduate stipend support package (contingent on availability of funds).

Ph.D. students will also be eligible to apply for extramural support to provide or supplement their usual graduate stipend.