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PhD Requirements

Graduate students in Pharmaceutics are also students of the Graduate School and as such must satisfy the general requirements of the Graduate School and the requirements of the Department in which they undertake their graduate training.

A full description of requirements of the Graduate School can be found on their website. Some of the pertinent requirements of the Graduate School and Department are described below. They deal with scholarship, residence, supervisory committees, research dissertations, and examinations (general and final).

The following include a combination of pertinent Graduate School and Department requirements for the PhD degree in Pharmaceutics:

  • Residence: A minimum of three academic years of resident study is required, two of them being at the University of Washington. Residence is defined as 10 credits per quarter (A,W,Sp) or 2 credits during summer quarter. Only courses numbered 300 and above count toward residence. Thesis research must be conducted at the University of Washington, unless the research is of a collaborative nature requiring off-campus facilities
  • Credits and Scholarship: A minimum of 41 credits of course work, exclusive of thesis and non-thesis research, must be satisfied. An average grade point of 3.0 in all numerically graded courses numbered 300, 400, and 500 is required. A minimum passing grade in any given course is 2.7, except required pharmaceutics courses (see Graduate Program Handbook) in which a passing grade is 3.0. Credits earned for a Master’s degree may apply towards the doctoral degree
  • Teaching experience: A minimum of two quarters of teaching assistantship experience is a required component of training for the Pharmaceutics PhD. Students will not be asked to assist more than 1 class an academic quarter (< 12 contact hrs/week). Most students will complete this requirement during the first three years in the program
  • Examinations and Progress Evaluation: All graduate students must participate in the departmental examination program. An oral General Examination is required for advancement to PhD candidacy, and a final examination (dissertation defense) is required for the degree. Upon establishment of the Doctoral Supervisory Committee, students should meet with their Committee at least once a year; however, more frequent meetings (every six months) are recommended. The Doctoral Supervisory Committee form must be filled out each time students meet with their committee and once a year their Individual Development Plan is discussed with their advisor.
  • Seminars: All graduate students must present a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 seminars while in the doctoral program (PCEUT 520). In addition, presentation of papers from current literature is required twice a year, starting at the beginning of the second year until defense of the thesis (PCEUT 583).

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