Applicants for graduate admission must hold a bachelor’s degree or a four-year professional degree. Prior training in pharmacy is not required but is generally preferable. 

All applicants must meet the following departmental and institutional requirements:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of at least 150 on both the verbal and quantitative tests.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of at least 79 in the internet-based test (IBT).  Alternatively, if you take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, a score of at least 6.5 is required.
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on the standard 4.0 U.S. grading system (with particular emphasis on the last 60 hours of coursework).

Application Procedures

  • Pre-Application

    To be considered, you must first submit a pre-application. Applications will not be considered without a pre-application approval. Only a limited number of new graduate positions are available each year and are dependent on funded research projects. This pre-application online service is available only during the months of September through November.

    You may start your pre-application here.

  • Application Process

    Please note: All application materials should be received by December 15 for admission the following fall. Late applications may be considered with prior approval of the College of Pharmacy Graduate Program.

    • Only those individuals who have received encouragement from the college in the pre-application process can complete a formal application.
    • Applications are best submitted through the admissions website. Please specify you are applying for the Doctor of Philosophy program (major code 1211R).
    • GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores must be provided directly by the testing services (the institutional code for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is 6902).

  • Supplemental Information

    (Preferably submit via single email attachment to

    There are several items that should be sent directly to the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Graduate Program, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1110 N. Stonewall Ave, CPB-303, Oklahoma City, OK, 73117:

    • Three letters of reference using this fillable pdf form. Download the Letter of Reference form.
    • A resume that lists your education and professional experience.
    • A personal statement which includes a narrative description of your career goals. Include your research interests and the area of specialization in which you wish to train.
    • One copy of any scientific or professional articles that you have authored or co-authored. (Limit to 3 most significant publications)

    Official transcripts from US Universities must be sent directly to: Office of Admissions and Records, University of Oklahoma HSC, 1105 North Stonewall, LIB 121, Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1221 or via email to

  • International Students

    University policy requires that international transcripts be analyzed by the World Education Services (WES - or by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE -  WES or ECE evaluation must be sent directly to: Office of Admissions and Records, University of Oklahoma HSC, 1105 North Stonewall, LIB 121, Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1221. Applications will not be reviewed without the WES or ECE evaluation.