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Contact Information

College of Pharmacy
Oregon State University
203 Pharmacy Building
United States

Program Application Deadline

January 01, 2024
$75 domestic applicant / $85 international applicant
For full consideration, please submit a complete application, including letters of reference, by January 1, 2024.

Program Description

Oregon State University is a leading public research university that is the state’s land-grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have sea-, space-, and sun-grant designations. The College of Pharmacy at Oregon State places high priority on graduate education and the improvement of human health by advancing the discovery and understanding of medicines. We offer a research-oriented graduate program of study in pharmaceutical sciences that is individually designed to meet each student’s career interests and goals. Our nationally renowned faculty members have strengths in wide-ranging areas of pharmaceutical science, and many have been recognized for teaching excellence, outstanding research and their professional activities. Research focus areas include the discovery and design of anti-infective agents and treatments for chronic diseases, the design and development of innovative drug dosage forms using nanotechnology, and the mechanisms and consequences of drug interactions with living organisms. These research areas generally align with the three graduate program tracks of drug discovery, gene regulation and disease, and targeted drug delivery, while presenting the opportunity for cross-disciplinary training in a highly collaborative environment.

Prospective students may apply to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Master of Science (M.S.), selecting one of these three discipline tracks in which to complete research rotations before selecting a major advisor / research group. Departmental seminars, journal clubs, an annual retreat, travel support to attend conferences, and opportunities to obtain teaching qualifications contribute to training and professional development, and we encourage students to explore internship opportunities. We envision that our pharmaceutical sciences graduates will be competent to expand the knowledge of their discipline(s), communicate research findings and teach future pharmaceutical scientists.

Institution Information

  • Robertson Life Sciences Building, Portland, Oregon

Degree Requirements

Not Required
OSU requires a total of 108 credits for a Ph.D. degree, and 45 credits for a M.S. degree. Of these total credits, didactic course work requirements are 27 credits for a Ph.D. degree, 24 credits for a thesis M.S., or 30 credits for a non-thesis M.S. degree. A GPA of 3.00 must be maintained in "didactic courses", which exclude thesis, seminar, and reading & conference classes. Ph.D. students are expected to take their preliminary oral candidacy exam within 9 academic quarters (end of third year).

Degree Information

On Campus
  • Drug Discovery
  • Gene Regulation and Disease
  • Targeted Drug Delivery
Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biological Science, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Cancer, Cellular Biology, Developmental Science, Drug Delivery, Drug Development, Drug Discovery, Drug Metabolism, Immunology, Infectious Disease, Informatics, Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Molecular Science, Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, Natural Product, Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacology, Radiopharmacy, Toxicology, Vaccine Technology
All PhD pharmaceutical sciences graduate students are required to take a foundational course in drug action, an introduction to grant writing, and training in responsible conduct of research. The remaining coursework to be completed in the first two to two-and-a-half years of the program varies based on the three disciplinary tracks. For the three research rotations usually completed, students may choose a lab outside their own discipline to gain a breadth of experience.

Program Statistics

Last academic year-country of origin of the accepted students:
Last academic year-graduates job placement:

GRE and Other Tests

As of September 2020, OSU College of Pharmacy no longer requires GRE scores. The admissions committee takes a holistic approach to review of applications when making admissions decisions.

Letters of Recommendation

Recommendation letters are expected to come from professional contacts. We do not review letters from family members and close acquaintances.

Other Admission Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent), a professional degree (such as BPharm, BVsc, MBBS, MD, DVM, DPharm, etc.), or an appropriate U.S./Canadian alternative degree, from a regionally accredited (US) or recognized (International) college or university, with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) on the most recent baccalaureate degree or any subsequent graduate degree from a regionally accredited (US) or recognized (International) college or university, plus all work completed thereafter.

We welcome applications from a variety of science and engineering majors. Successful students have entered the program with degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Marine Biology, Microbiology, and pre-medical and health sciences degrees, among others.

Acceptance decisions are made by a graduate studies committee and the OSU Graduate School.

Financial Support

Tuition Waiver, Stipend, Research Assistantship, Teaching Assistantship, Department or University Scholarship
The OSU Departmental of Pharmaceutical Sciences has an NIH T32 pre-doctoral training grant that supports five students annually in natural products research.

Background Checks and Drug Screenings

We are not a participating PharmGrad program
We are not a participating PharmGrad program