University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Daniel Crona, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Divisional Director of Graduate Admissions

301 Pharmacy Lane, Campus Box # 7569
Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27599

Phone (Work): 919-966-4343
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Phone (Mobile):


Program Deadline (back to top)

Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: 02/12/2018
Is your program participating in PharmGrad: No

Program Description (back to top)

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers graduate programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences with concentrations in four distinct disciplines, which align with academic Divisions within the School.


The mission of the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics (DPET) is to optimize drug therapy through the generation, integration and translation of scientific information between the bench and the bedside, the patient and the population. The Division’s Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program is critical to fulfilling this mission by developing scientists capable of conducting innovative and clinically-relevant translational research that integrates biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, in both laboratory-based models and in humans.


This graduate program includes two curricular tracks based on previous experience of the applicant: clinical (e.g., Pharm.D., M.D.) or non-clinical. Graduates from both tracks have enjoyed an outstanding employment rate in academia, government, and the pharmaceutical industry. Areas of graduate coursework and research are listed below, and these are applied to therapeutic areas including cardiovascular disease, hepatology/GI/transplant, infectious disease/HIV, oncology/hematology, and pulmonary disease. You can learn more about our program by visiting our web site.


Areas of Graduate Research:

  • Drug metabolism and transport
  • Pharmacokinetics/dynamics and pharmacometrics
  • Pharmacogenomics and individualized therapy
  • Clinical research and experimental therapeutics
  • Mechanisms of drug toxicity


All admitted students will receive an annual stipend of $27,500, as of August 2014, in the form of a research assistantship. Students with a prior clinical doctorate degree (Pharm.D., M.D., or equivalent) are expected to complete the program's clinical experience requirement, provide professional service to the Division, and are eligible to receive a $5,000 per year stipend supplement.


The UNC Graduate School online application is the required means of submitting your application. The GRE is required for admission. Outstanding applicants may be eligible for a merit-based University or School fellowship. Thus, we strongly encourage applicants to apply no later than December 11 to be considered for a UNC Graduate School or UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy fellowship.

Link to Application:

Program Information (back to top)

Institution Type: Public
Degree Level(s) Offered:
  • Ph.D.
Degree(s) Currently Open for Application:
  • Ph.D.
Open house date(s) for your institution:
Satellite/Branch campuses
  • Campus Name: N/A

Graduate Degree Requirements

Credits Required (number for PhD): ~60
Credits Required (number for M.S.): NA
Required Rotations:Research
Required Rotations:Clinical
Qualifying/Comprehensive Exam:Required

Degree Information (back to top)

Area(s) of Study:
  • Clinical Science
  • Drug Metabolism
  • Experimental Therapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacometrics
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Translational Science

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

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Minimum overall GPA considered:3.0
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Verbal Reasoning:NA
Quantitative Reasoning:NA
Analytical Writing:NA
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Admission Requirements (back to top)


GRE required: Yes
Oldest GRE Considered: 00/00/0000
Details: Scores older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Following tests required for international applicants:
Other Tests/Credentials: Scores older than 2 years will not be accepted.

Letters of Reference

(LORs) required: Yes
Number of LORs accepted: 3
Details: The email address of three recommenders will be required within the application for electronic submission.

Other Application Requirements

Requirement Listing

Application fee ( - (non-refundable $90)

Transcripts ( - (complete, not selected courses) 

Statement of purpose (

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Supplemental information ( - (any additional information or materials required by the program; must be uploaded within the application unless specified otherwise by your academic program.)

Application Fee

Application Fee: $90.00

Tuition Stipend and Fees (back to top)

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees: Full tuition and fees waived

Financial Support

Percentage of students receiving financial support: 100

Type of financial support available

Tuition Waiver:Yes
Research Assistantship:Yes
Department or University Scholarship:Yes