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Pharmacology (PhD)

The PhD in Pharmacology is awarded by the Graduate College.  Instruction is offered through the Carver College of Medicine.  All applicants apply to the PhD program, as there is no terminal MS program.  Students may earn their MS along the way, provided they have committee approval and have completed the required number of semester hours of course work. The MS is available with thesis only.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines 

  • Fall semester—January 1
  • Spring semester—not offered
  • Summer session—not offered

Application Procedures 

The graduate application process

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email instructing you on how to upload your supporting documents and submit letters of recommendation.  A few programs require materials be sent directly to them. However, almost all supplemental material can and should be uploaded from your Admissions Profile on the Iowa Student Information System, our online service center for applicants and students.  You can only access this AFTER you have submitted your application.

Degree Program Supplemental Materials

The online Preliminary Application through the Biosciences Centralized Application System


    The application requirement section of your Profile includes an electronic letter of recommendation feature. If your program of study requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders including their email on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email giving them instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

    • Three letters of recommendation

    Materials to send to Admissions

    • A set of A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile
    • Your official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University's institutional code is 6681).
    • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
    • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.


    Once your Preliminary Application is approved by the Pharmacology Program, you should Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.

    Contact Information 

    Department of Pharmacology
    The University of Iowa
    2-471 Bowen Science Building
    Iowa City, IA 52242

    Biosciences Centralized Application System
    The University of Iowa
    Phone: 319-335-8306

    Office of Admissions
    The University of Iowa
    107 Calvin Hall
    Iowa City, IA 52242-1396