2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    Mar 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ph.D.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Xiangming Guan, Assistant Dean for Research
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Avera Health and Science Center 271, Box 2202C
605-688-5314 or 605-688-5598
E-mail: xiangming.guan@sdstate.edu

Program Information

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers courses and research opportunities in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Department also offers opportunity for combination Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)/Ph.D. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The didactic courses, along with the research concentration in a specific area of pharmaceutical sciences, provide a strong foundation for academic, industry and other research careers. The program places a strong emphasis on a comprehensive and high quality graduate education and research experience for the students.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences will:

  • Integrate and apply knowledge of the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences to problems in drug discovery and development.
  • Conduct research with skill and competence, including hypothesis development, experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Critically evaluate scientific literature and analyze contemporary scientific issues.
  • Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms to a wide range of audiences.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and ethical conduct.

Course Delivery Format

Coursework is provided primary through lectures, discussion and laboratory work.

Facilities and Services

The graduate program is housed in the Avera Health and Science Center on the Brookings campus. The Avera Health and Science Center has well-equipped classrooms that utilize modern technology for delivering the curriculum. The facility has modern research laboratories that support our growing research program.

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities

Graduate students may choose to take part in Peer Mentoring or get involved with the College’s Honorary societies and other student organizations including the student chapter of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy 90 Credit Plan

Core Requirements

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: General GRE required
TOEFL: Minimum score of 550 paper-based, 79 Internet-based
IELTS: 6.0 or higher

  1. Letters of Recommendation Two personal reference letters from people acquainted with the academic ability and professional competence of the applicant are required.
  2. TOEFL/GRE Scores Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for international students from non-English speaking countries. A minimum score of 550 paper-based, 79 Internet-based or above is required. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score is also acceptable (6.0 or higher). No minimum score is set for GRE test. The Institutional Code for SDSU is 6653.
  3. A Statement of Personal Goals and Philosophy The statement should be brief and no more than one page.

For more information on applying to the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences visit www.sdstate.edu/pharmacy-allied-health-professions/how-apply-phd-pharmaceutical-sciences.

General Requirements

Graduate students must consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

For additional information refer to the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements .

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