The PharmD/Ph.D. program is designed for highly motivated and qualified individuals who are seeking a combination program in the clinical and basic sciences. Enrollment into the PharmD/Ph.D. program at the Medical University of South Carolina is restricted to accepted and currently enrolled PharmD students. There are two possible times for a student to apply for entry into the dual degree program. Upon seeking admission to the College of Pharmacy, the student may request entry into the PharmD/Ph.D. program. Secondly, the student may also apply during the first or second year of the PharmD program.All students in the PharmD/Ph.D. program will receive a stipend while completing the Ph.D. requirements. Students will receive a stipend for research conducted in the summers. The full-time stipend will begin when the students become full-time graduate students, approximately the spring semester of the fourth year. The stipend will be consistent with the College of Graduate Studies policy.
Unlike the PharmD component with its fixed curriculum, the Ph.D. is a research degree so it is impossible to put a firm timetable on the duration of the program. Typically, PhD students require five years to complete the requirements for their degree. However, the efficiencies built into the PharmD/Ph.D. program should shorten the time required to approximately seven years when compared to completing each degree separately would require approximately nine years.