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Pharm.D. Program


The Pharm.D. Program offers a Doctor of Pharmacy degree that prepares students to become pharmacy practitioners in a wide variety of settings, including community and retail pharmacies, hospitals, managed care facilities, and many more.

Graduate Programs

Medicinal Chemistry »

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry offers master's and doctor of philosophy degrees. The department has 12 full-time faculty members, approximately 40 graduate students, and about 30 postdoctoral fellows.


Researchers isolate molecules from nature or synthesize them in the laboratory and test them for activity against a disease target. The FDA evaluates the safety and efficacy and if acceptable, approves the drug and the prescribing information.

Pharmacology & Toxicology »

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology offers master's and doctor of philosophy degrees. PhD students are prepared to teach and do research in a university, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or government laboratory setting.


Following the drug discovery phase, researchers study the effects of drugs in the body to better understand their mechanisms of action and side effects in treating diseases.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry »

The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry offers master's and doctor of philosophy degrees. Students receive a strong background in the physical/chemical sciences as they relate to pharmaceutical research through a comprehensive set of core and coursework offered by the department.


Pharmaceutical chemists formulate the drug to improve absorption by the body, to increase shelf life, and to target delivery to the desired tissue. Bioanalytical chemistry is an important tool for understanding the basis of drug addiction.

Pharmacy Practice »

The Department of Pharmacy Practice offers a master’s degree and a residency program and furthers the mission of the School of Pharmacy by striving for excellence in teaching, research, scholarly activity, service, and patient care.


Following clinical trials and approval, patients come into the pharmacy with the prescription for a new drug. The pharmacist provides the drug and counsels the patient on its proper use and side effects.


2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU