How to Apply

The Department of Pharmacology no longer requires GRE scores for admission into either the PhD and MS programs. Applicants are welcome to report their scores on their applications, but are not obligated to do so.


If you have any questions regarding the items on this page, please contact the Graduate School Admissions Office directly:

  • Phone: (612) 625-3014
  • Fax: (612) 625-6002

If you have any questions regarding admission to the Pharmacology Graduate Program, the Graduate Program Assistant:

Applications must be submitted by December 3 for fall admission the following year. You must fulfill all application requirements, including payment of the application fee, before your application will be considered complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please read and follow these instructions to prepare your application. Please note that the Graduate School now requires that all material be submitted electronically. The application and more detailed information can be found at the Graduate School web site:

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Below is a list of all information the we require from applicants:

Required information


Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards and Activities, Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statement #1, and Recommendations. (See below for more information about Applicant Statements and Recommendations.)

Optional fields: All other fields are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted. We recommend completing the Test Information-Self Reported section if you have that information available.

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Letters of recommendation

The Pharmacology Graduate Program requires three letters of recommendation supporting your application. Individuals providing these letters should be familiar with your work and they should be able to appraise your probability of success in our program. Enter the names and email addresses of your references into the Apply Yourself online application. The system will automatically email your references, requesting that they upload their recommendations. 

Application statement #1

A personal statement of goals explaining your immediate and long-range occupational objectives in relation to your major field, being specific about your area of interest.

Resume or curriculum vita

Please include work history, list of academic honors and awards, and any research and/or teaching experience. Upload to ApplyYourself in the Program Supplemental Information section. 

Application fee

Applications are not complete and will not be reviewed until the fee is paid. Instructions for payment options are included as part of the online Graduate School Application process. The application fee is $75 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, $95 for international applicants.


Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts; there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material. View tips and instructions for uploading your transcript.

English language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not your native language. ETS should send the official scores to institution code: 6874. There is no department code.

Note: The current Graduate School Application for Admission requires three separate written statements: personal statement of goals, a statement on diversity, and an "other statement". You do not have to write extensively for each statement. However, we do need to know why you are applying, your specific areas of research interest, if you have any specific graduate educational plans, and if you have a specific mentor you hope to work with.

Other information

Describe current registration information, if you are currently enrolled at an academic institution. List all courses you expect to complete as part of your present program. Include department, course number, descriptive title and number of credits for each course.

Other supporting documents

Other supporting documents may include articles or other publications of any research, inventions or creative work you have done.

Optional information

Diversity statement

If you wish to be considered for a Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) fellowship for underrepresented students, please be sure to indicate this on your program application, and then upload a statement briefly describing how your background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the University’s goal of promoting excellence through diversity of background and experiences. This applies only to U.S. citizens.

The Pharmacology Program Diversity Statement can be seen on the PhD Degree program page

GRE scores 

You may self-report your GRE scores on your application; because the GRE is not considered as part of the evaluation process, there is no need to send official scores.

The Pharmacology Graduate Program accepts internet-based, paper-based and computer-based GRE scores for exams taken within the past five years. If you have not already taken this examination and your school cannot provide information on how to do so, please visit for details.

Important note for international students from the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea:
The GRE is comprised of two steps: a computerized analytical writing test and a paper verbal/quantitative exam. You must take the GRE analytical writing test between July and September in order to have scores reported in time for Fall. The paper test is given in October. You must register to take the paper GRE exam before September.