How to Apply

All prospective students will apply through the single umbrella program in Pharmaceutical & Translational Sciences (PHTS). Application materials will be reviewed by a joint admission committee, with equal representation of faculty from each track, evaluating applications on the basis of academic excellence and scientific research commitment.

Application Deadline

Applications and all supporting materials may be submitted anytime between September 1 and January 15 for consideration for admission for the following Fall semester. Program deadline expires on January 15 at 11:59:59 pm PST. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, beginning in the Fall.

Consideration for certain USC Scholarships and Fellowships begins in December. Applications must be received by December 1 to receive full consideration for these opportunities. Admission decisions will continue to be made until the class is filled, usually by mid to late spring. Applications are only considered for admission beginning in the Fall term, except under exceptional circumstances.

Applications to PHTS require the following:

  • Completed online application:  USC Graduate Admission Application
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited four-year college or university. Candidates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biology or other related disciplines are invited to apply.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Subject test is optional.
  • Personal Statement: A brief and focused essay about your career and research goals, and how you intend to achieve these goals. It should also describe your accomplishments thus far along your projected career path.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. Must be submitted online. Hard copies will not be accepted.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. Upload copies of official transcripts to the online application system. Mail official transcripts to the USC Office of Graduate Admissions.  For instructions, click here.
  • English-Language Proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, PTE):  This is required for all international applicants. Scores must be submitted electronically (hard copies are not accepted). For instructions on how to submit your test scores, click here. For exemption/waiver information, please click here.

Please visit the Graduate Admission FAQ page for more helpful information on the USC application process.

Submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores directly from ETS. Please note the PHTS Program requires submission of GRE scores but does not have a minimum GRE score. All applications will be reviewed holistically, taking into consideration all components of the candidate’s application. Proficiency in the English language is essential.

ETS Institution code: 4852
GRE Institution code: 4852
TOEFL code: 4852

For International Students

When listing undergraduate/graduate GPAs (grade point averages) on the application, please use the system of your university. If you received a percentage grade, provide the average percentage. If you were graded on a scale other than 4.0 (with 4.0 equal to an “A”), please indicate the average grade AND indicate the scale (for example, 8.5/10). All international students are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores even if a master’s degree was received from an English speaking country. The minimum TOEFL score is 100 for the internet-based test (IBT) or an IELTS score of 7, with at least 6 on each band. For more exemption/waiver information, click here.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through USC’s online graduate application system. After you have created an account and have logged into the online application system, please refer to the following basic instructions:

1. “Add Program”

Select the graduate program to which you are applying on the page entitled “Add Program” as follows:

  • Select Program Level:  Doctoral
  • Select School:  USC School of Pharmacy
  • Select Program:  Pharmaceutical and Translational Science (PhD)

2. “My Application”

Completely fill out all quadrants under “My Application”:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Academic History
  3. Supporting Information
  4. Program Materials

Upload the following documents to the online admissions system: Personal Statement, Curriculum Vitae/Resume, Official Copies of transcripts from all institutions attended (unofficial copies are unacceptable), Publications, Passports, etc.

3. “Submit Application”

Pay the application fee of $90. The fee is paid online via credit card when you submit your application. The application fee is non-refundable.

For information on application fee waivers, go to the “Add Program” tab or click here.

We strongly encourage you to visit our FAQ webpage for more information and the Graduate Admission website to understand the application process for beginning to end.