• Admissions

    Application to the PhD Program in the Department of Pharmacology should be completed by January 1 for admission in the fall semester. 

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    • May be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or foreign international.
    • Must have completed requirements for a bachelor's degree at an accredited academic institution prior to matriculation.
    • Must meet all admissions requirements of the Graduate College at the University of Iowa and the Department of Pharmacology.
    • Must have a demonstrated desire and commitment to perform biomedical research.  Strong preference is given to applicants who have previous laboratory research experience.

    Evaluation for admission is based on a combination of:  

    • Undergraduate academic performance
    • GRE scores  
    • Letters of recommendation (three)  
    • TOEFL scores, where applicable  
    • An interview with the applicant, where possible  

    General requirements for admission:

    • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    • Minimum GPA of 3.00, or foreign equivalent
    • Completion of the following coursework 
      • Mathematics, through calculus
      • Chemistry, through organic
      • Statistics, one semester (or equivalent)
      • Biochemistry, one semester (or equivalent)
      • Other advanced biology course, one semester (or equivalent)
      • Physics, one year
    • GRE General Test

    Other qualifications that enhance an application: 

    • Undergraduate major in the biological sciences or chemistry
    • Previous laboratory research experience
    • Master's degree in the biological sciences, chemistry or a related area